Thursday, February 24, 2011

Here comes March!

     Who would have ever thought that February would fly by so fast!  We're right here at the end of it and here comes March!  It begins next week...the coming of the green and March winds, and something about lions and lambs.
     March also means it's time for our DR. SEUSS PARTY, an annual happening at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library.
     On Tuesday, March 1st, your whole family is invited to see "Dr. Seuss & Josie."  Josie is a professional storyteller who brings any story to life!  The event will be held in the Children's Library 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with refreshments provided by the Moultrie Junior Woman's Club.
    So...follow me and you will see, the library is fun for you and me!
    Of course, that's not all going on in March at our library.  We still have every Tuesday filled with people who want to get their taxes prepared by the AARP Tax Aide group.  And believe me, last Tuesday the auditorium was packed!  Preparation begins with a sign-in at the door at 9:30 a.m. and they try to finish around 4 or 4:30 p.m. 
     For two Tuesdays in February, Colquitt Regional Medical Center's Robin Tillman, R.N., the Corporate Health Nurse, took free blood pressure screenings.  About 40 people were able to find out how their blood pressure was either before or after seeing about their taxes.  There were chuckles throughout the auditorium when the announcement was made to be sure and have your blood pressure checked.
     We're also going to have a staff event called "Our Green Thing" on March 17th, which everyone knows is St. Patrick's Day.  We're going to be "wearing the green" and bringing snacks for the staff to graze on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  That's often easier than trying to find a way and time to get everyone together at one time.  After all, someone always has to "man" the fort.
     On Saturday, March 26th, the library will host a grant-writing class by Arden Williams, the Program Director for the Georgia Humanities Council in Atlanta.  Publicity is on the way out the door right now as we speak.  Those of you in the vicinity of the library may want to join us for the event.  Watch for more information right here on our website.
     By the way, those of us here in this part of Georgia are seeing the lovely blossoms of Japanese magnolias, Lady Banks roses, flowering quince, daffodils, tulips, and blossoming red bud trees.  And the birds!  Well, the birds have just gone crazy! 
     Yep, here comes March!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Here we are...thinking of Spring!

From Melody Jenkins, Director of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System:

     Spring is such a wonderful time of the year.  It brings "newness" to everything...plants, trees, animals and humans.  There is something about the way the world looks at this time of year that is very exhilarating.  The air just feels different; fresh and filled with the scent of flowers.
     My grandmother had a large bed of tulips and daffodils outside of her dining room window.  Growing up in Cincinnati, the sight of those blooming after a long, cold, dreary winter was so exciting.  I clearly remember gazing at them for hours.
     My 8th grade English teacher, Ann Brown, was very eccentric.  She made us memorize poetry and recite it in front of the class.  One of the poems that I recited has always stuck in my mind, especially at this time of the year.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I always have.

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Celebrating Black History Month

     As part of our February awareness, we are celebrating Black History Month with displays of books and pictures.
     On the wall of the long, white hallway between the genealogy library and the public library, we have pictures of famous people.  There is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights leader; Charles Richard Drew, a medical researcher; Edmonia Lewis, an artist; Langston Hughes, a poet; Duke Ellington, a musician and composer; Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator; and several others.  The pictures are wonderful pencil/charcoal drawings and make an impressive display.  The display is one way to put a face with a name.
     On the long, low bookshelf in the adult reading area, we've placed books that can be checked out.  Some of these books are:
     Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Letter to My Daughter, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, and I Shall Not Be Moved.
     Bebe Moore Campbell - Singing in the Comeback Choir.
     Frank Yerby - McKenzie's Hundred, Hail the Conquering Hero, and Tobias and the Angel.
     Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man.
     Terry McMillan - How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
     Toni Morrison - Paradise and The Bluest Eye.
     Ernest J. Gaines - The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
     Georgia Naylor - Bailey's Cafe.
     Alice Walker - By the Light of My Father's Smile.
We also have colorful bookmarks of Evelyn Ashford, an Olympic medalist; James Van Der Zee, an American photographer; Jacqueline Woodson, a young adult author; and Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
     All of these people are famous in their own right.  But there are many others who are never mentioned, who are never known, and need to be celebrated just as much.
     As we celebrate this special time in February, we hope you will join us as we recognize the true meaning of Black History Month. 
     Stop by the library this week and join us in our celebration.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Our free magazines go fast!

     I just love it when people bring in their neat, clean magazines for us to recycle.  And believe me, they go fast!
    Yesterday I was fast enough to "rescue" a copy of Birds & Booms.  I used to take a subscription to this magazine, so I know what beautiful pictures and great information they have each month. 
     This particular issue was dated February/March 2003.  It covered topics all the way from red-tailed hawks, broad-tailed hummingbirds, and hungry woodpeckers to sweet hyacinths, fragrant jasmines, and colorful tulips.  There was advice for tough birding, being a relaxed gardner, and building a leak-proof water garden.
     When I got to the article titled "Spring Awakens From Its Sleep," I knew I was getting spring fever.  It's time (even if it is February) for us to watch for the migrating birds. 
     Although the Carolina Wrens and American Finches will be be in droves before long, it's time for me to watch for the two red-tailed hawks that live near me.  They're here year 'round, but every year they build a nest of bulky twigs high up in one of our tall pine trees.  As the female sits on the nest, the male brings her food.  And after about a month their babies hatch and then practice their flying before they finally leave the nest when they're about 45 days old.  Of course, all during this time, I'm sitting on my front porch with the "lookers" (my binocs), thoroughly enjoying their comings and goings.
     This particular Birds & Blooms magazine had pictures of brilliant bluebirds, peppermint camellias, green and yellow turtles, and a garden filled with tulips in every color you could imagine.  It showed fun and functional birdhouses made like old jails, working windmills, fish and anchors.  It advised me to get out my hummingbird feeders because in March they'll be here.  It warned me to clean out that old feeder and get ready for Mr. Cardinal to start feeding Mrs. Cardinal.  It made me curious what I could find here in our library that I could check out and take home to read.
     So, I went looking. 
     Books about birds are in Section 598.  Our Pines catalog says we have 890 books all the way from Audubon to feeding, songs, behavior, and what makes a bird a bird.
     Books about flowers are in Sections 635 and 745.  There are 380 books that tell about "The A-Z of Garden Flowers," wildflowers, dried flowers, and even how to arrange flowers.
    The gardening books are in Section 635 also, with about 410 books.  Here's where you can find clear and simple gardening, high-yield gardening, flower gardens, luscious lawns, and how to design any fabulous garden you have in mind.
     Of course, I love birdhouses and I had to check them out.  They're in Section 690, but there are only 12 books.  Nevertheless, they will tell you how to make the kind of birdhouses and feeders that will attract birds, how to paint the houses, and how to use gourds, cans and wooden boxes.
     Next time you're in the library, stop by the long counter on the other side of the lighted display cases and see if we have any free magazines.  Sometimes we even have old Southern Living magazines filled with articles about the beauty of the South, as well as birds, flowers, and gardens.
     Right now I'm still reading through that old Birds & Blooms magazine.  It has awakened my spirit to the coming of spring.  It's time I dusted off those "lookers" and placed my chair in just the right spot on my front porch.  The spring-time show is about to begin.  And I want to be ready!

Monday, February 7, 2011

How to love your library

     Didn't I already tell you it's Library Lovers' Month?  Sure I did!  Probably at least two times.  But I'm here to tell you's Library Lovers' Month.
     If you're wondering why there's a Library Lovers' Month, you might be surprised to know that many people are not aware of the funding problems libraries are experiencing nationally or in their own hometown.  That's why, it's important for those of us who work in libraries to let you know that we need you to LOVE us.  We really need your help.  And it's during Library Lovers' Month that you can express your concern about how much your library needs the entire community's help.  There are things you can do to help...such as:
***Write to the editor of your local newspaper.  (By the way, that man's name is Dwain Walden.)
***Urge our school administrators to make library funding a high priority.  We need to pay attention to not only the public libraries, but the school libraries also.
***Attend your local government meetings and urge city and county legislators to invest in the library as a vital community resource, one that will save substantial tax dollars in helping people of all ages to be more literate and productive.
***Participate in Library Legislative Day Activities.  Georgia Library Day 2011 is on Monday, February 14.
***Give to the library through your company's matching program for charitable giving. 
***Look for ways you can support your local public library.  Join our MCCLS Friends.  We have applications here at the library and need your support.  It's a new year with a new Friends program.  We're looking for Friends.
     There are a good number of ways to love your library.  And the very first one is to get a library card.
     Protect your valuable asset of free public information. 
P.S.  Find a way to love your library.  Make it a Valentine's Day gift.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Come see our red!

     If you thought red is one of our favorite colors, you'd be right!
     We have our red paper books and audio books out on display, not only for adults but for children too.  And the wonderful items we're showing this month in our lighted display cases in the front foyer are all red...great items like toys, flowers, jewelry, clothing, hearts, etc.  Our free bookmarks even have red writing.
     So, what's all this red about? 
     First of all, it's American Heart Month.  A time when everyone should be aware of how much they need their heart and how they should take care of it.  We have informational heart displays in the adult reading area to share with the public, and this coming Tuesday the 8th we will have Colquitt Regional Medical Center Corporate Health Nurses doing free blood pressure checks 9:30 to 11:30 a.m in the reading area.  Having your blood pressure checked is one of the easiest ways to find out how your heart is doing.  If you miss the 8th, plan to come in on Tuesday the 22nd.  The nurses will be back again from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
     Of course, another reason for our red displays is because of Valentine's Day.  We couldn't miss doing something for that special day.  It's also a gentle reminder to all of you love birds to be sure and get your sweetie something nice for Valentine's Day.
     Our red for tomorrow, Friday the 4th, will be for National Wear Red Day.   It's associated with your heart also and our staff has promised wear red to promote (again) awareness of heart disease.  Women especially will be wearing red tomorrow.
     Surprise fact?  Do you know that the number one killer of Hispanic women is heart disease?  On an average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than other women.  And despite the heightened risk, most are still unaware of the threat to themselves and their families.  The good news is that heart disease can be prevented.
     So, tomorrow put on your red...shirt, pants, tie, cap, iPod buds, whatever.  Help spread the word that red is an important color for very important reasons.  Stop by the library and pick up a red book to read, get a red-cased audio book to listen to, find a red-cased DVD or video to watch, and check out our display of red items that will bring a smile to your face.
     We just love red!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Are you ready to find a publisher?

     That's the name of an upcoming event here at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library.
     Dr. Anne Holt will present the workshop on Saturday, February 26th from noon to 3 p.m.  It's a one-hour presentation with two hours for individual review and comments.  It's a workshop to help you with writing, editing, querying and pitching.  What more could you ask if you're ready to find a publisher?  A person coming to you right here in Moultrie, Georgia to tell you how to do it.
     Registration is required since class size will be small.  The cost is only $30 per person and payable at the door.  All you have to do to register is call 229-985-6540 or email  Once you've registered, you'll be given more information about Dr. Holt's requirements for submissions for her review.
     In case you're wondering who Dr. Holt is, I must tell you her resume' is quite impressive.  She is the author of six novels and a book of poetry.  She's serving her second year as president and fundraiser/grant writer for the Tallahassee Writer's Association, Inc.  She's also served on the "Art in the Court Committee" of the Florida Supreme Court and is grant writer for the Tallahassee Film Society, Inc.
     Dr. Holt is an active member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, The Florida Library Association and ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents).
     We've had Dr. Holt here at the library before when she taught a class on grant writing and the class was well received.  So, we expect people will be excited for more advice from her at this next class on publishing.
     Maybe you've written that novel and you don't know what to do next.  Well, maybe you do know, but just don't know how to go about it.   This is your opportunity.  Are you ready to find a publisher?
     See you on February 26th.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We help you save money...look at this!

     If you've visited the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library any time lately, you know you've saved some money.  I mean, when a new book costs anywhere from $15 to $35, why buy one when you can come to the library and (with the flick of your library card) check one out.
     The same is true with DVDs and videos.  Granted we don't have that big inventory that some of the video warehouses have, but we have a nice collection.  They're not only for adults, but children, too.  And they're comedy, drama, mystery, documentaries, historical, and on and on.  You don't have to pay $14.99 or even $5.  By using your library card, they are FREE.  How about that?
     Of course, the same is true of our audio books, which are tapes and CDs.  Listening to a good book is just as thrilling, and sometimes even more, as reading one.  Once again, all you have to do is show your library card.
     This morning my coworker gave me some information about how the library and GALILEO helps our patrons save money on subscriptions.  For instance, you can use GALILEO here on the library computers or at home through your PINES account.  And look at what your savings could be!  $19.95 per month for personal subscription.
     Wall Street Journal (ProQuest):  Over $100 per year ($2.29/week).
     Harvard Business Review:  $79 per year.
     Highlights for Children:  $29.65 per year (half the newsstand price).
     Backpacker Magazine:  $15.95 per year.
     Forbes:  $29.99 per year (77% off newsstand price).
     Scientific American:  Over $50 per year.
Now, don't you wish you could get that kind of savings with your gasoline, food and clothes?
     So, what I'm saying is we can save you money not only with books, DVDs, videos, newspapers, and magazines, but our library can save you money when you need a meeting room, when you need to use a computer, when you need a specific reference book, when you want to file your taxes online, or if you can't come to the library, our Bookmobile will bring books to you.   Well, you get the idea.
     We are helping to promote savings in Colquitt County to all our patrons and even those of you who don't live in Colquitt County and come visit us.  Be sure to bring your library card.  By the way, that's free too!