Friday, July 20, 2012

Thank One, Thank All!

This years annual Summer Library Program proved to be a blast! All thanks to, well, me of course!! But no, seriously, it all had to do with many wonderful volunteers and special guest speakers from in and around our community!

At first, I was ovewhelmed with all that I (thought) I had to do. All of the phone calls to persons of interest whom I thought would fit perfectly into this years Dream Big-READ! theme. Then days of waiting to hear back from them, and the disappointment that came with being turned down more times than I can count! I just about wanted to throw in the towel (or go run and hide until the whole thing was over - no one could blame me then, right?) But, a miracle happened just weeks before the program kickoff. Volunteers started to appear out of thin air!

My supervisor, Marianne Raley, had planned programs with two wonderful ladies, Kay McNeil and Terri Haynes, from Historic Jefferson College and Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, respectively. She asked me if I'd be interested in having them do a Nocturnal Animal program for me also. Well, of course I would! I emailed them as fast as my fingers would allow and got responses back within minutes; both said YES!

Marianne had also tried to nab Meg Kassabaum, an Anthropology and Archeology PhD student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meg was here on a dig assignment over at what was believed to be an Indian burial site in Church Hill. Unfortunately for Marianne, Meg was unavailable on the day of her program. Call me a lucky ducky and watch me dance because guess what? Meg was available for my last open program day!

Natalie Nobel, an Alcorn State alumni and employee called to ask if we had any time available for her program College Knowledge Project. I jumped right on that train! What better way to Dream Big than to dream of a bright future? At least, that's how I took it.

Last, but not at all least, we had return guests of honor from our local arts gallery, ArtsNatchez Inc. They took care of every Tuesday morning program for the preschoolers - and they were fantastic. Hats off to them!!

I'd also like to extend a warm hand of welcome to the parent and high school volunteers. Thank all of you for making this summer a summer to remember!

Go to our website to read all about it and see pictures.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New Books for July


Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich. The Salem, Massachusetts pastry chef Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, take up a murdered Harvard professor's quest for a powerful ancient relic.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary. Is her husband a killer?

Calico Joe by John Grisham. A pitcher beans a promising rookie, ending both their careers. Years later, the pitcher's son brings them together.

The Mission to Paris by Alan Furst. In Paris in 1938, an actor stumbles into the clutches of Nazi conspirators who want to exploit his celebrity.

The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. The 10th NUMA files novel.

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. Professor Jeremy Logan, an "enigmalogist," is called to Egypt to assist at a pharaoh's newly discovered tomb.

Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank. The widow of a New York City firefighter returns to her Lowcountry South Carolina home.

Stolen Prey by John Sandford. When a Minnesota family is murdered, the Minneapolis investigator Lucas Davenport believes a Mexican drug gang is involved.

11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate a possible serial killer.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. A scientist invents a device that allows travel to alternate Earths.

A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara. A re-creation of the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. In this sequel to Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell conspires against Anne Boleyn.


I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me by Joan Rivers. The comedian's humorous reflections.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of  The O'Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

It Worked for Me by Colin Powell with Tony Koltz. Rules for effective leadership from the four star general and former Secretary of State.


Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer. Artemis's mother has contracted a deadly disease --and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet . . . his younger self.

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer. Teenaged criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl must save the underwater fairy metropolis of Atlantis from danger, while battling a psychological affliction known as the Atlantis Complex.

Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Devitt Bell. Thirteen year old Genevieve's summer at a frontier family history camp in Laramie, Wyoming with her parents and brother is filled with surprises, which she reports to friends back home on the cell phone she sneaked in, and which they turn into a blog.


The Science Fair from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler. Mean Mrs Green says that everyone has to invent something for the school science fair. But everyone would rather invent a way to get out of it! Hubie can't decide on what he's going to do. He thinks all the good inventions have been done already. And all of his friends have figured out what they are going to do.  He tries to decide between cloning himself or building a laugh machine. After a bad dream about cloning, he decides to build a laugh machine. After many tries, he makes himself into a human laugh machine and wins a special prize for Silliest Invention.

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor. Nancy makes the best of not dancing the lead in her ballet school's Deep-Dances show, but becomes jealous when her best friend gets a better role than hers.

The Mystery on the Underground Railroad by Carole Marsh. Four kids visit the Underground Railroad Museum in Philadelphia and get caught up in a mystery which involves reading a quilt.