Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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     Parents if you need to do some grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, drop your children off at the library, Tuesday, November 24th at 2 o’clock.  The Friends of the Library will be hosting a movie matinee the feature movie is UP.  The movie will be shown on the big screen in the meeting room.  Don’t forget to bring a pillow or blanket to sit back and relax!  Wednesday, November 25th at 10 o’clock Pocahontas will be shown to give you one last chance for those last minute errands.  Snacks will be served both days. 
     Sunday, November 22nd the Library will be taking part in the Open House Festivities of Pontotoc.  Santa Claus will be visiting the library from 1:00 – 3:30.  Everyone is invited to stop by and visit with Santa, don’t forget to bring your list.  We will make pictures or you are welcome to bring your own camera.  Also, out of the Mississippi Alluvial plain come a true Delta Daughter and Son with a whimsical sense of wonder and southern heritage to share their first children’s storybook, Charlie the Peanut. 
     Charlie the Peanut features all fields and types of crops in the Mississippi Delta.  The authors’ Great Dane Charlie, who is six years old, is the inspiration for the name of their character.  The book is a combination of Alyssa’s experience working with children for 6 years and a dream Keath had in the middle of peanut planting season.  The story is their lives together.  They both agree that it is so important to focus on the positive and simple things in life, to live and grow in the moment, and to not focus on the past or worry about the future.  A close family friend commented about the couple saying, “One tills the soil and one tends to souls. I wish their life a beautiful garden”.
     Keath and Alyssa live in Horseshoe, MS.  They are married and live on a plantation.  Keath grew up on a farm and has been a delta planter all his adult life.  He raises cotton, soybeans, rice, peanuts, wheat, cotton and sunflowers. 
     Alyssa is a mental health therapist and has seen first hand how children, at times, feel that if they were somewhere else with someone else that they would be happier. 
     The idea for this children's book is a mixture of Alyssa's experience working as a counselor with children and from a dream that Keath had in the middle of peanut planting season.
     Charlie is the Killebrew's Great Dane whom the character of the book is named after.
     The Killebrew’s will be signing copies of their book.  Open house @ your library is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
     Leyda Spicer, Deborah Palmer, Debbie Anderson, Ronnie Blansett,   and Julie Austin  made a donation to the library.
     Jo Adams made a donation to the library in memory of her Dad, Sput Dillard.
     Hasbro donated 3 new card games to our library and to every public library in the United States.  These games include MONOPOLY DEAL, SCRABBLE SLAM and PICTUREKA!  Hasbro says that games and our public libraries provide great value for America’s families.  Both games and libraries bring people together, help us to learn and grow; educate us and make us laugh.  To enjoy these new games come to the library on the second Tuesday of the month from 4:00 – 6:00 for “Friendly Competition”.  This is a great Family Game Afternoon/Night.  

     The library will be closing Wednesday, November 25th at Noon and will be closed through November 28th.  The library will reopen Monday, November 30th
     It should be no surprise to you that the economic downturn is having a significant impact on the Library's budget. So far, we are managing with cuts in the area of books, materials, and supplies. We ask for your understanding if we cannot supply the new best seller that you want.
     We will continue to provide the best service that we can afford.
     Upcoming Events:
Open House: November 22nd   1:00 – 3:30 Santa will be @ the library
Movie Matinee:  November 24th   2:00 – 3:30 Movie – UP
Movie Matinee:  November 25th   10:00 – 11:30 Movie – Pocahontas
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Annette McGregor
Pontotoc Library Branch Manager

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