Saturday, April 2, 2016

National Library Week – Libraries Transform!

This year, as we celebrate National Library week, April 11-16, it is important to remember that libraries not only engage, but also transform their communities. Since its beginning, the American public library’s prime directive has been to protect the public’s access to information and to be ready to incorporate creative ways to present this information to its patrons. In 1894, Denver’s public library pioneered the idea of open stacks, where patrons had the freedom to browse books, instead of having to request books at the counter. In the 1930’s, Kentucky’s librarians rode horses and mules, their saddlebags filled with books, into remote sections of the state, delivering books in rural mountain communities.

Today’s libraries offer books on CD, electronically (e-books), paperbacks, hardbacks, large-print, and Braille. Free internet-access computers are also available to patrons in virtually every library in our country to meet the increasing needs of patrons who are job-searching, applying for jobs, filling out and/or filing federal documents, taking college courses or just checking e-mail.

“At the Winston County Library, we offer all these services to our patrons – and more,” says librarian Beth Edwards.

To celebrate National Library Week 2016, we have lined up a host of great programs for the public to enjoy – programs that will not only entertain, but will educate.

Basic and Intermediate Computer Classes 
Monday, April 11, hosted by library staff member Denise Dickerson. Held in the library meeting room. Time is 9:30 – 12:00 and 1:00- 3:30 (come to one or both classes). Call for reservations: 662-773-3212. 
Seating is limited.

Story Time with Andrea McHenry  
Tuesday, April 12 in the library Genealogy Room. Time is 9:30 – 10:30 – for children all ages. Music, puppets, stories and crafts!

Couponing Class with Wanda Marshall Smith 
Tuesday, April 12 in the library meeting room. Time is 10:00 – 12:00. You will learn the ins and outs of how to save lots of money not only by using coupons, but where to find them, how to organize them and how to get the most bang for your buck. Call 662-773-3212 to reserve your seat.

Book Signing By Benny Jenkins(author of Tales From The Yockanookany) 
Wednesday, April 13 in the library meeting room. Time – 10:00 – 12:00. Mr. Jenkins grew up in Choctaw County and taught English in public high schools and community colleges for many years; for the last 20 years he has taught English at Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS.This books tells of life in rural North Central Mississippi in the 1950s.

WeatherFEST!
Thursday, April 14 – at the Louisville Coliseum. 11:15 – 12:30 – open to the Public. Sponsored by WTVA, Channel 9 and Chief Meteorologist Matt Laubahn, Joel Young, Morning Meterologist, and Katie Burch, Meterorologist. The program will focus on Severe Weather Alertness, answer questions and offer tours of emergency vehicles, such as a police car, ambulance, fire truck,official storm chaser vehicle and a medical helicopter.

Seed and Plant Swap 
 Friday, April 15, on the sidewalk in front of the library. Time: 10:00 – 11:00. Hosted by Winston County Library, the Winston, County Extension office and Winston County Master Gardeners. You must bring either seeds or plants in order to swap for seeds or plants. No purchases allowed. Seeds must be swapped for seeds, and plants must be swapped for plants.
Seeds should be packaged in envelopes or small zip-lock bags with a label that includes the name of the plant and any special growing details such as planting, location, color, etc. People are encouraged to bring perennials, houseplants, annual seedlings, shrubs, vines and more. Bring as many as you like. Plants should be in some type of container and should be labeled and growing conditions they prefer.

Book Signing & Free Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, April 15 , in the library meeting room. Time 11:00 – 1:00. Winston County native Laverne Collins tells about growing up in the Indian Springs area of Winston County in his new book The Lock Of Indian Springs.
Free brown bag lunch to the first 30 people.

Pot-Luck Appreciation Luncheon
Monday, April 18 in the library Meeting Room at Noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This is for City and County officials, Friends of the Library Officials, local garden club Presidents, Winston County Board of Trustees and Local Media. Our way of saying thanks to all those who fund the library and contribute time, labor and money throughout the year.

As a special treat, the library will be hosting a book talk and book signing later in the month, on Friday, April 29 for Richard Grant, author of New York Times best-selling book Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found In The Mississippi Delta. Mr. Grant will speak, answer questions and sign copies of his book from 12:00 (noon) until 1:00. A free brown bag lunch, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will be available to the first 30 people.