Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Now, What Would You Expect On Halloween From A Bookworm?

I heard of something sooooo cute for Halloween! Carolyn, who works in processing, told me that her church holds on Halloween what they call, "Trunk and Treat." She said church members put their cars in a circle at the church and open their trunks-full of treats for all the little kids! Now, isn't that just about the best Trick or Treating you ever heard!
And I have to tell you this. . .the other day my coworker sent me an email. She was out of town and found some funnies to share. I just have to pass them on to you. Remember now, this IS Halloween!
  • What do skeletons say before they begin dining? Bone appetite!
  • What does a ghost eat for lunch? A BOO-logna sandwich.
  • Where do ghosts buy their food? At the ghost-ery store.
  • What does a skeleton order at a restaurant? Spare ribs.
  • What do ghosts eat for dinner? Spookgetti.
  • What do zombies like to eat at a cook-out? Halloweenies.
  • What do you call a goblin who gets too close to a bonfire? A toasty ghosty.
  • Why don't mummies take vacations? They're afraid they'll relax and unwind. (I really like this one!)
  • Why don't angry witches ride their brooms? They're afraid of flying off the handle.
  • What's a monster's favorite play? Romeo and Ghouliet.
  • What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter? Pumpkin Pi.
  • How do you mend a broken Jack-O-Lantern? With a pumpkin patch!

Now, that wasn't so bad, was it? Better than a knock on the head, I always say. By the way, are you dressing up for Halloween? I am. I'm going to be a butterfly and look at the books from another angle! That's what bookworms do. . . .

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We'll Treat You Like Royalty!

There's a newsletter put out for friends and employees of Georgia's public libraries. We get it here at our library. It's published bi-monthly by the Georgia Public Library Service, the state agency that supports public libraries and works with them to improve the quality and variety of library services available to Georgia citizens of all ages. That means YOU!
The October issue highlighted the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library as one of the three libraries in Georgia that reign as "the Georgia public library system's genealogical crown jewels." Now, to those of us who work for the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System (of which the Odom Library is a part), that just made our eyes sparkle!
The article stated that the Odom Library, "founded a scant 17 years ago, is a relative newcomer to the spotlight." Director Melody Jenkins stated: "Prior to 1990, we had a small Georgia history collection -- maybe 2,000 volumes. It was so small, my office used to be the history room!" When Mrs. Odom's bequest of $1 million was received, the south wing of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library, which became the Odom Library, was built to house several collections, including the Emmett Lucas Collection. Mr. Lucas of Southern Historical Press was planning to retire, and he was interested in selling his collection about the southeastern United States, the Civil War and migration routes west.
Melody Jenkins said, "We purchased it as a whole, quadrupling the size of our collection in the process."
The collection took another giant leap in 1994 when the local high school's Class of 1944 held a reunion in honor of the 50th anniversary of D-Day and invited everyone who had graduated within four years of 1944 to attend and bring pictures related to their or their loved ones' armed service. The majority of this material was copied, the information identified, and placed in the library. That collection became the Veterans' History Project and was recently named for Catherine Bryant, who began her career with the library in 1944 and took over the project.
In addition to these collections, the library is perhaps most famous for its collection concerning Scottish genealogy. According to Ann Glass, genealogy clerk, the Odom Library is the archival home for more than 130 Scottish clan organizations, and houses many rare books including an original edition of Scottish Perrage, as well as The Highland Papers, and several Gaelic Bibles.
Genealogist Irene Godwin notes that American highlights at the Odom Library include original bound volumes of The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, as well as colonial and state records for both Georgia and North Carolina, and historical records from many counties in Texas.
Melody Jenkins also said, "The Odom Library has earned an approved attraction rating from the American Automobile Association, which features the library in its AAA Tour Guides for Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina.
If you're out there, somewhere other than Moultrie, Georgia, and you're interested in genealogy and you haven't been to the Odom Genealogical Library, now's the time to make the trip. We draw local, regional, and worldwide visitors. All the time! Come be one of them!
We'll treat you like royalty! After all, we're a crown jewel of genealogy libraries! (Source: Georgia Public Library Service)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Will You Make A Difference?

Saturday, October 27th, is Make A Difference Day.
What is Make A Difference Day? you ask. Well, it's a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. And everyone can participate.
Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. In 2005, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.
Who takes part in Make A Difference Day? you ask. Anyone! Young and old, individuals and groups, anyone can carry out a volunteer project that helps others. It might be as ambitious as collecting truckloads of clothing for the homeless, or as personal as spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or relative. Your project can be as large or as small as you wish! Look around your community and see what needs to be done.
If you're reading this blog, that means you have access to a computer. If you'll go to you'll find all the information you need to participate. And you'll find that each year in April, hundreds of good deeds done on Make A Difference Day are selected for honors, headlines and charitable donations.
What are the rules to participate in the Make A Difference Day event? you ask. If you want to participate, just help someone else on Saturday, October 27th. If you can't participate on Saturday for religious reasons, you may do your project on Sunday. If you volunteer regularly, great! On Make A Difference Day, expand your volunteering by creating a special event for those you help. If you don't volunteer now, here's an occasion for you to get started. Clean an elderly neighbor's house, read a book to someone, visit institutionalized kids or the elderly. Join in someone else's project. Help at the community soup kitchen or food bank, help paint a house or clean a yard. Get a group of your friends together to hand-deliver food to homeless people or a shelter. Take first graders who don't have a library card to the library to get one.
If you participate but don't send in an entry form, you can't be considered for the awards and can't be counted among the millions of people who simultaneously reach out to help others. So, go to the above website and click on Entry Form and sign up.
What are you going to do for Make A Difference Day? you ask. Well, I'm volunteering to take care of any of my neighbors cats while they are out of town for the holidays, or if they need to go to the hospital, or if they just want a weekend away from them. And I'm going to continue to check on my 82-year-old neighbor, invite her to eat out or to lunch at my place, or just sit on the porch and talk with her. That way my Make A Difference Day will last all year! Make a difference on Saturday the 27th and stretch it into all year. It'll warm your heart! (Source: Make A Difference Day website)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

United Nations Day. . .Should It Be Every Day?

Today, by my calendar, is United Nations Day.
The name United Nations was devised by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used in the Declaration by United Nations of January 1, 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their governments to continue fighting against the Axis Powers (at that time, the Major Axis Powers were Nazi Germany, Facist Italy, and Imperial Japan).
I could tell you all about how on April 25, 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco to draw up the United Nations Charter on International Organization. But I won't. I'll just tell you that these earnest individuals were "determined to set up an organization which would preserve peace, advance justice, and constitute a permanent structure for international cooperation."
They signed the Charter on June 26, 1945. And Poland, which was not represented at the conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States.
On October 24, 1945, with flags of all the nations flying together, the United Nations officially came into existence. And the chief observance of the United Nations was designated as October 24th of each year.
By 1956, the American committee for the United Nations promoted the celebration of United Nations week. The official American Association for the United Nations sent out information and suggestions for programs, requesting the people help the United Nations promote a peaceful future.
United Nations Day is celebrated very generally in all states and American possessions and by all 81 countries, which are members of the United Nations, for the purpose of informing the people of the world as to the aims, purposes and achievements of the UN. Some towns hold a public rally, perhaps at the City Hall, with the American flag displayed with the flag of the United Nations. Speakers stress the accomplishments of the organization. Some shop windows feature products and dress of other lands. Some towns put on an "International Festival" with songs and dances. Maybe a banquet with foreign dishes is held at a local church.
Once a year we designate a day to promote peace. Once a year we set aside one day, one week, where different nationalities, with different religions and colors, plan to come together and celebrate a peaceful coexistence.
A peaceful coexistence. . . . Why just one day? Why can't we plan to do this every day for a whole year? Why can't we plan to do this every year, all year long? Why do we have to plan for it? Why can't we just do it?
When are we going to learn that we all have the same feelings of pride in our traditions, the same hurt at being ignored or abused, the same desires for a safe home and good job, the same love for our families? When are we going to realize that we are all alike, no matter what our nationality, religion, or color?
Why just one day, one week out of the whole year? Why not united nations all the time? What have we done lately to preserve peace, advance justice, and constitute a permanent structure for international cooperation? Maybe United Nations Day should be every day! (Sources: United Nations Day websites at,

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Early Physicians Still Live Here

Sometimes it's hard to stay out of the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library.
Ann, our genealogy clerk, showed me an interesting article the other day and said, "This newspaper clipping talks about a record book of early physicians and dentists in Moultrie. There's a copy of the book, Superior Court Physicians Register 1886-1966, on file in the genealogy library. When I looked through it, I saw we still have some early physicians living here."
The article dated November 28, 1941, talked about "the little well worn record book in which early physicians and dentists were required to register in the office of Clerk Superior Court. It also serves as a valuable recorded history of this great community."
So, I decided to go to the genealogy library and take a peek at this book.
Ann took a minute to put the film in the reader and spun the wheels for me. Lo and behold, there ARE two physicians still living here whose names we recognized in the little well worn record book. . .Dr. Walter E. Harrison and Dr. John Newton!
The newspaper article of 1941 mentioned the name of J. S. McKenzie who registered here March 3, 1892. Also Dr. C. C. Fletcher came to Moultrie from Fitzgerald during the naval stores and lumber days. He registered here in February of 1900. The writer of the newspaper article promised to talk about another local physician in the next installment of these authentic historical records. I think I'll have to go back and see who is mentioned.
If you have an interest in the history of our medical community, ask Ann to show you these records. They are a fascinating read. (Source: Superior Court Physicians Register 1886-1966)

Today In History

On October 23, 1983, terrorists drove a truck loaded with TNT into the U.S. and French headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, exploding it and killing 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French paratroopers. (Source: The History Place at

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Technology Lunch Bunch Meets Tuesday, October 23rd

Did you get to go to the first meeting of the Technology Lunch Bunch? If you didn't, you missed some important information about how to check on your children's school work. But you're going to have another chance to join us and this time it's for genealogy.
The Technology Lunch Bunch, sponsored by the library, will hold its second meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd, in the library's Willcoxon Auditorium. And this program is really user-friendly. It will be held two times on the 23rd; one meeting from noon to 1 p.m. and the second meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. So, you have no excuse about not being able to attend. Besides, you really don't want to miss this one!
Aileen McNair will present the 30 to 40 minute program, Free Online Genealogy Databases. She is a DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Field Genealogist and a Library Information Specialist at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library.
The program will explore several FREE online genealogy databases that anyone with a computer and Internet access can use. (If you don't have a computer at home, you can use one of the library's computers by just showing your library card at the circulation desk.) Participants will preview the Odom Genealogy Library website, as well as the websites of World Connect, GenForum, and Family Search. They will also discuss how to use search engines as an aid to genealogical research.
After the presentation session, participants will be able to spend 20 to 30 minutes online with the presenter available to help explore the resources previously introduced.
If you're BIG into genealogy and want to know more about research, or if you're just starting your genealogy tracking, this is the meeting for you. Aileen's got loads of neat ideas to help you!!! And a major bonus of this meeting is that it's FREE! Another service provided by your local library. See you there!

How Did Spence Field Get Its Name?

Yesterday I told you about the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo being held at Spence Field. Today I remembered our genealogy clerk, Ann, showed me an article a couple of months ago about how Spence Field got its name.
From the November 21, 1941, newspaper, The Moultrie Observer, an article was headlined: Moultrie Base May Get Name "Spence Field." The information from Washington read: "'Spence Field' has been recommended to the War Department as a name for the flying school at Moultrie, Ga., army officials said today. Before final adoption, the name must be approved by a special board, the next meeting date for which has not been set. The name was proposed in honor of Second Lieutenant Thomas L. Spence, Air Corps, Thomasville, Ga., who was killed in the World War (WWI)."
Spence Field was previously called the Moultrie Air Base. It's obvious the name was approved by the War Department's special board. So, now you know the rest of the story and how Spence Field got its name. (Source: Odom Genealogy Library)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Suppose You Know The Sunbelt Expo Is Here!

I remember the first time I went. It was an overwhelming event. I'd never seen so many people roaming around a flat piece of land in all my life!
We got there early and left late. We roamed around looking for the food booth where my friend's granddaughter was working. Never did find it! And when I got home, I felt as if my feet were worn to nubs! But I did learn a lot.
Later I was amazed to find out how many people checked out our city. They visited the downtown shops, ate at all the restaurants, and even checked out our library. (Of course, that's the first place I visit when going to a new town.)
For those of you who don't know, the Sunbelt Ag Expo's permanent home sits on 1680 acres, four miles southeast of U.S. Highway 319 (also called Veteran's Parkway and some other route numbers) on Highway 133 near Moultrie. Those of us who live here in Moultrie say the event is held at Spence Field on the Spence Field Highway (or the highway to Valdosta or some of those other route numbers).
This year the Expo is October 16 through 18. The kids are out of school and running around the grounds, the old-timers are in their electric buggies, and visitors as well as exhibitors are camping out on the grounds in their RVs. It's like a big family reunion. Except most of the people who are attending are very serious about why they are there.
If you've never been to the Expo, you're in for a treat. You're going to see things you may not see anywhere else except the Expo. Here's just a sample:
  • Cow milking contest
  • Tire auction
  • Stockdog trials
  • Hunting and fishing demonstrations
  • Seminars on beef cattle, hay and forage, dairy, aquaculture and pond management, alpaca, goat and sheep, poultry and equine.

There are all kinds of tractors and machinery, music, kids' events, cooking shows, giveaways and prizes. They hold a Young Farmer event and even select the Farmer of the Year. Oh, I can't begin to name it all. Like I said, if you've never been, you should go at least one time! And be sure to wear your easiest-walking shoes, take an umbrella (in case of sun or rain), and be prepared to walk, walk, walk! You're going to have a really great time. And you'll definitely learn something! It's like one great big library book!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

How Just One Librarian Met The Challenge

Elois is our reference clerk. We were chatting the other day when she told me about a real challenge she'd recently encountered.
She said a young man came to her for help. He asked for information about the Brady bunch. Of course, Elois did what I would have done and thought he meant the television comedy, The Brady Bunch. But that wasn't what he wanted. In the course of conversation with her, he asked about the Griffin papers. Elois suggested he talk to the librarian in the Odom Genealogy Library, but he said he'd already been there and Ann suggested he talk to her, Elois. Finally, the young man said he was a Brady and was looking for information from Berrien County.
Ah ha! Elois thought (can't we just see the light bulb come on in her head!). She said, "You need to go back to genealogy and ask for the census of Berrien County from the year you need." And so, away he went.
Elois later checked on him, and there he was sitting at the computer, just working away.
Now, talk about meeting a challenge!
Every staff member here in our library, not only the Moultrie-Colquitt County Public Library but the Odom Genealogy Library, can tell you a story like this. Answering questions to help patrons can be quite a challenge for us, but that's why we're here. All you need to do is just ask. And like Elois, we all do our best to meet the challenge. Every day.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

We're Right In The Middle of Columbus Day

Quite some time ago, it was decided that if we celebrated certain holidays on a Monday, we could have a three-day weekend. At least, that's what I thought! So, Monday, October 8th, was the official observance for Columbus Day this year. Some businesses were closed, but others were open. Some of us had the day off; others of us didn't.
Today when I looked at my calendar, I saw that we are in the middle of two Columbus Days - the one observed and the traditional one on Friday, October 12th.
Just out of curiosity, I looked up Columbus Day on the Wikipedia website. I found some interesting stuff, such as:
  • Columbus Day is a holiday celebrating the anniversary of the October 12, 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas (remember that little diddy: "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..."?)
  • The first celebration was held in 1792, when New York City celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World.
  • In 1937, at the behest of the Knights of Columbus (a Catholic fraternal service organization named for the voyager), President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set aside Columbus Day as a federal holiday.
  • Since 1971, the holiday has been commemorated in the U.S. on the second Monday in October (wasn't that the beginning of the three-day weekends?). It is generally observed today by schools, some banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, federal offices, and most state government offices; however, most businesses and stock exchanges remain open.
  • I also learned that the Columbus Day parade in Denver, Colorado, has been protested by American Indian groups and their supporters for nearly two decades. Opposition to the holiday cites the fact that Columbus and many of the conquistador followers treated the American Indians with great cruelty. Columbus directly brought about the demise of many Taino (Arawak) Indians on the island of Hispaniola, and the arrival of the Europeans indirectly slew many indigenous peoples by bringing diseases previously unknown in the New World.
  • In South Dakota, the day is officially a state holiday known as "Native American Day," not Columbus Day.
  • Also, Hawaii does not officially honor Columbus Day, but instead celebrates Discoverer's Day on the same day by honoring not only Columbus but James Cook, the British navigator who was the first person to record the coordinates of the Hawaiian Islands. However, many Native Hawaiians decry the celebration of both Columbus and Cook, who they say were known to have committed acts of violent subjugation of native people. Advocacy groups in Hawaii have commemorated Discoverer's Day as their own alternative, Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • On the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the largest ecumenical body in the United States, called on Christians to refrain from celebrating the Columbus quincentennial, saying, "What represented newness of freedom, hope and opportunity for some was the occasion for oppression, degradation and genocide for others."

Well, that's what I learned. Interesting, huh? Some people celebrate Columbus Day and some don't. Some people recognize Columbus Day on the second Monday in October each year; some people don't recognize it at all. Some people celebrate the day by calling it another name. Then there are people like me who recognize the observed day and the traditional day. We might celebrate and we might not. We're right in the middle of two Columbus Days! And it certainly gives me something serious to think about. . . . (Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

We've Got New Children's Videos!

When I asked Monique about new children's videos, I didn't know what a barrel of goodies she was going to show me! Just look at this list:
  • Franklin's Halloween (what a great one to watch this month!)
  • Barney's Imagination Island
  • Start of Space Jam Bugs Bunny
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends
  • Barney's Adventure Bus
  • Barney's ABC's and 123's
  • Our Gang Collection (old-time favorites)
  • Bedknobs & Broomsticks (I loved this one! Angela Lansbury is in it!)

If you've got little ones at your house, or even have grandchildren visit, bring them to the library and let them pick out a couple of new videos to watch. Just takes a library card and they don't cost a single penny to take home. You'll find the video sleeves on the table in front of the reading area. And you'll need to ask the circulation desk clerk for the actual video to check out. Sounds like great morning shows for the little ones!

Today In History

John Lennon (1940-1980) was born in Liverpool, England. He was a member of The Beatles, an influential rock group which captivated audiences first in England and Germany, and later in America and throughout the world. He was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980. (Source: The History Place

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Put A Little Humor In Your Day!

There are days when I just have to turn the television off, because what the networks are showing for humor are too painful for me to watch. People get hit on the head by flying waterhoses, or bounce off trampolines and land in sticker bushes, or get chewed on in the most unlikely places by fiesty little dogs. And when I read the newspapers, I have to hunt for the funny stuff, other than the comics. So, today I decided to tell you some jokes, because I want to put a little humor in my day! They're silly, I know, but they are humorous!
  • Why did the librarian slip and fall on the library floor? Because she was in the non-friction section. (Get it? Non-friction.)
  • What did the detective do when he didn't believe the librarian's story? He booked her!
  • Do you know how many librarians it takes to screw in a light bulb? No, but I know where you can look it up.
  • Where does a librarian sleep? Between the covers.
  • When a librarian goes fishing, what goes on her hook? A bookworm, of course. (Ouch! that hurt!)
  • What does a librarian eat dinner from? A bookplate.

Well, you get the idea. Then I decided to see what kinds of humorous books we have here at the library. I asked Holly to select a few children's books and she picked these:

  • Wackiest Jokes in the World (J818P)
  • Too Cool Jokes for School (E818.54K)
  • My Tang's Tungled and Other Ridiculous Situations (821.08B)

And not to leave the adults out, Johnnie selected:

  • Joke: Laughing Out Loud (808.87C)
  • Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (818.02B)
  • Barbara Johnson's series of humor; one book is Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy (1248.8J)
  • And a young adult book, Official Golf Lover's Joke Book (808.7W)

If you're in the same place as I am with the humorous television shows and newspapers that are too serious, remember there's a place right here in your home town that will provide you with a laugh. You can pick up a funny book from the library with just your library card, read it in the comfort of your home while you're eating a snack, and not even have to pay the largest part of a ten dollar bill to get a good laugh! We're open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on Tuesdays when we're open until 8 p.m. That gives you lots of time to get a book made of paper, an audio book, a VHS movie or a DVD, and put a little humor in your day. Goodness knows, we all need to laugh more!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

October Is A NATIONAL Month

Often we find several National Something-or-Anothers in a month, but during this month we have four really great national events to celebrate.
October is National Book Month. The National Book Foundation, sponsor of this annual event, invites everyone to embark on the journey of a lifetime, travel to exotic places, mythical lands and experience adventure beyond imagination. Or escape to another era altogether. All without luggage, tickets, a passport or leaving home. All you need is an open mind. And an open book. With just a library card, you and your children can travel around the world. This is the month to get on the reading bus!
We are also celebrating National Crime Prevention Month. For the past 23 years National Crime Prevention Month has been observed in the month of October to help teach how to prevent crimes that are committed in the home and community. Since its inception in 1984, overall crime is down, and education and awareness is the key to crime prevention. When I hear things like 60% of residential burglaries occur during daylight hours or 65% of all burglaries are by forcible entry, that makes me want to learn anything I can about preventing crimes and join my local crime watch team.
Then there is National Family History Month. Each of us belongs to a family with traditions and a heritage that reflects who we are and where we come from. Family history research is among the most popular hobbies across the nation, with tens of millions of our fellow citizens actively researching their family histories and sharing family stories. The libraries, archives and museums of each state have a rich repository of information about our ancestors and their lives. Since October is National Family History Month, with celebrations and special programs planned throughout the nation, all citizens are encouraged to actively research and share their unique family histories and participate in Family History Month activities. Just remember, the Odom Genealogy Library is here for your use and has expanded its services. And I'll say more about Family History Month later. . .
National Stamp Collecting Month is also October. The annual event began in 1981 as a joint venture of the Council of Philatelic Organizations and the United States Postal Service. For the first National Stamp Collecting Month, then-postmaster general William F. Bolger called stamp collecting "the world's most popular hobby," and urged "employees and customers alike to discover the joy of stamp collecting - a hobby of a lifetime." The Postal Service has continued to promote the event by issuing special pictorial stamps intended to stimulate public interest in the hobby. And the United States isn't the only country to celebrate stamp collecting at a specific time. Germany and the Philippines also celebrate
the event.
Now back to National Family History Month. I'll celebrate it when our library hosts the Technology Lunch Bunch on Tuesday, October 23, with the program "Free Online Genealogy Databases." There will be two meetings held in the library's Willcoxon Auditorium; one at noon to 1 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pick one of the times and come join us. It's a great learning opportunity. . .
Happy National Something-or-Another month! Learn all you can!

Today In History

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. (Talk about planning ahead. He did this in October! Most of us would have done it the day before Thanksgiving Day!)
(Source: The History Place at

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

October Employee of the Month is Keva Williams

Yesterday we had to hunt all over the library to find Keva. She was soooo busy shelving books that she didn't hear her name called over the PA system. Johnnie searched the aisles until she found her. By the time Keva walked into the workroom, she was wide-eyed and curious. Then when Melody handed her the Employee of the Month certificate of appreciation with her picture on it, her mouth dropped open in surprise.
Keva Williams is a beautiful young woman with dark hair and dark eyes, tall and slender, soft spoken, and very intelligent. She's worked for the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System for 2-1/2 years as a shelver and circulation clerk. She is so meticulous at her shelving that someone said she even alphabetizes the books by each
I first noticed Keva in the fiction section as she shelved books that had been returned to the library. She was quick and careful and studious. Then I noticed her at the circulation desk as she helped patrons check out books and answered their questions. She smiled and was polite to each person. One day I saw her in the genealogy library, typing in data on one of the computers. That's when I realized how multi-talented Keva is. And she's more than just a good employee!
Keva's a member of Grant Chapel AME Church in Moultrie. In April of this year her church put on the musical The Heaven Bound Play: Enactment of Life Pilgrimage at the Withers Auditorium. Keva played the part of a blind girl and COULD she sing! My goodness, what a beautiful voice!
Born and raised in Moultrie, Keva is the daughter of Dale and Avanell Carr Williams. She has a younger sister, Kameda. Keva is not only working at the library, but she is working on obtaining her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from ABAC.
And I suppose it would not surprise anyone to know that Keva also likes to read. I've found that most people who work at a library have a love for books. Some of her other interests include traveling and spending time with her family.
From all of us who work with you, Keva, we say congratulations! You're well-deserving to be called October's Employee of the Month. And we're delighted to know and work with you.