Monthly Archives: May 2012

Library Lines at the GEA Library, Booneville

by Dee Hare, Librarian, George E. Allen Library

We’ve just received several new volumes of genealogy materials courtesy of the Prentiss County Genealogical and Historical Society.   Two indexes of Prentiss County General Chancery Docket Books, which cover the periods from March 1897 – February 1911 are now available for viewing.  Searchable by last name, these indexes will specify the book number, page number and case number for any divorces, estate settlements, guardianships, lawsuits or other business transacted through the chancery court.  This information can then be taken to the chancery court office for access to case details.

Wills of Union County Mississippi was also donated by the Society.  It covers the time period running from February 6, 1882 – November 6, 1929 and includes basic information such as the deceased names and their primary benefactors.

Another new local history volume we’ve received is a copy of the source materials and preliminary manuscript for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Reports for Prentiss County, which were compiled by a state-wide historical research project.  This material describes the formation of the county and its early settlers and includs histories of various segments of the county such as Altitude, Blackland and Pisgah.  Information on early newspapers, churches and schools can also be found.

More new items we’ve recently received in honor of Mrs. Eudora Kemp’s 91st birthday include the exercise books Discover Yoga by Elly Loyd and Discover Pilates by Michael Mann, as well as the DVDs Pilates Advanced Program and Stretching for Seniors, all donated by Bonnie Kemp.  Chyene Kemp has also donated Scrap Simple by Hillary Heidelberg, a craft book that illustrates how to use minimal design to create beautiful scrapbook pages and Going Wild in Mississippi, a unique cookbook published by the Mississippi Telephone Pioneers that contains recipes for cooking wild game and fish indigenous to our area.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.


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Dream Big, Read! — at the George E. Allen Library in Booneville

           Plans are underway for many exciting activities and events during the George E. Allen Library’s Summer Reading Program to be held during June 2012.  The Reading Program is open to all children, aged preschool through young adult.  The library will sponsor weekly programs, prize drawings, take home activities and much more for everyone to enjoy.

            Pre-registration for the reading program begins Tuesday, May 15 and will continue until Monday, June 4.  The first twenty-five parents to register their children will receive a limited edition canvas book bag to carry all their books!  All the names of children registered by June 4 will be entered into a drawing for a Summer Reading Program T-shirt to be given away during the first program on June 5.  And don’t think we’ve forgotten our parents either – we’ll also have a drawing for a prize for one of the pre-registered parents!  Although children can be registered for the program at any time during the month of June, pre-registration is recommended to help the library plan the events.

            Here’s how our program works:  parents of young children read at least five easy books per week to their children.  Children who can read for themselves read at least two chapter books per week.  Parents record the titles of the books in each child’s reading log and then bring the log back to the library once a week beginning in June.  Each week that the child reads their books, he or she will receive a food coupon from a local restaurant.  This year’s supporters are Dodge’s, Hardees’, Pizza Inn and Sonic Drive-In.

An attendance record will be hung on the windows in the children’s area of the library and each week that books are read, the child will receive a sticker for their record.  The library will also give away coloring sheets, bookmarks, more stickers and conduct weekly door prize drawings during each weekly program.

The special activity programs will be held on Tuesdays in June, with each one beginning at 10:00 and lasting for approximately one hour.  (To ensure the safety of all the children attending these events, parents are asked not to drop off or leave any children unattended – regardless of age.)

The festivities kick off on June 5 with Friends of the Library member Laurie McBride and members of the Booneville Woman’s Club as they read and perform various stories for the children.   On June 12, the Booneville Junior Auxiliary will present the program, which will include a craft project for the children.   On June 19, beloved teacher Cindy Ford will present her trademark energetic program filled with songs, dances, stories and more.  On June 28, acclaimed children’s recording artist Mr. Richard will return to perform his lively and engaging songs.

The festivities will draw to a close on Thursday, June 28 with the Summer Reading Program Awards Ceremony.  At this time, the children will receive their certificates, attendance records and reading lists.  Drawings will be held for several door prizes (most of which you’ll have to be present to win!) for both the participants and their parents. The Booneville Woman’s Club and the Junior Auxiliary will also provide snacks to end the program.

Also going on this year is our Teen Reading Program – “Own the Night!”  Teen readers will have their own reading records to write down the titles that they read.  For each week, they will receive food coupons and be eligible for prizes to be given away at the end of the program.  A special program just for teens will be held sometime in June – so stay tuned for more details about this special opportunity.

Throughout June, we will have a contest to “Guess the Number of Clouds” to win a Summer Reading Program T-shirt.  The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 28.

If you’d like more information about any of our programming, please feel free to call the library at 728-6553 or stop by for a visit at 500 W. Church Street.  We hope to see you soon for this fun-filled time of the year!

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Dream Big — Read! (Again)

This year children who participate in the Summer Library Program will be encouraged to “Dream Big – Read!”, the 2012 theme for the annual program.

The Summer Library Program has been part of Mississippi libraries since the early 1970’s as an incentive to get children to read during the summer. Games, stories, crafts, and visiting performers are some of the activities offered to elementary aged children.

Branch libraries are currently putting the finishing touches on their plans and hope to make this the best Summer Library Program ever.  Check with your local library for dates and times.

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Dream Big — Read!

by Fredda McCune, Librarian, Iuka Public Library

Readers of all ages will explore the night this summer as the Iuka Public
Library presents “Dream Big—READ!” during their SUMMER READING
PROGRAM. Activities will include programs, games, contests, prizes and
much more.

Programs planned for Iuka are:
Hobo High Stepping with Gloria Keith,
Night Sights and Sounds by the Natchez Trace Parkway
Interpretive Center,
Sing Along with Mr. Richard
Storytelling by William McMullin
The 2012 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, ages 6-12. The
program begins on Wednesday June 13 and ends on Tuesday July 3rd. Registration for “Dream Big — READ!” begins on Monday, May 28th.

[If you don’t live near Iuka, check your nearest NRL Library for the activities they have scheduled for the Summer Library Program.]

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Spring Cleaning

by Fredda McCune, Librarian, Iuka Public Library

Spring not only brings out beautiful weather. It also brings out the dust
bunnies and the clutter that we have taken in over the winter. So now is the
time to de-clutter, do some spring cleaning, and bag up those books, videos,
and DVDs that are just taking up space and bring them to the library. The
Friends of the Iuka Library will have their annual Book Sale in October.
The Book Sale is one of the major fund-raising events of the Friends. Most
of the books sold are donated by members of our communities. Quality
yard sale items are also accepted. The Friends of the Library support and
promote the services of the library. Help Us Help You!

[If you don’t live in Iuka, contact your nearest library and see if they can use your no-longer-needed books, CDs, and DVDs.]

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“Symphony” at the library

by Cathy Kanady, Assistant Director

“Symphony,” the library’s new software system, has been up and running since May 2nd.  Staff members at all branches are using the new system to check materials in and out, renew and place holds for borrowers, and answer reference questions.

One of the main differences between the old and new systems is the location of the library’s database.  Since 1998 the Headquarters library at Corinth has maintained the database on a server housed at the library.  The new system eliminates the need for the in-house hardware. Instead the data now resides on a remote server located in Atlanta.  Referred to as “Software as a Service” (SaaS), this process eliminates the need to purchase expensive new hardware every four years. Whenever the staff members log in, and whenever users log in to the new library catalog, the remote server is being accessed.

If you have not already done so, take a look at eLibrary, the library’s new online catalog, by clicking the link below:

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