Monthly Archives: July 2012

Library Lines at GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

Whether you’re dreading it or counting down the days, back to school time is just around the corner!  The library has lots of new materials to help both parents and children as you start the new school year.  New additions include:

Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath, You Can Do This! by Terrie Bittner gives advice and encouragement to anyone contemplating taking this option with their children’s education.  It addresses the keys to success using a sequence of comprehensive and manageable steps as it challenges opinions about the skills and organization required by everyday parents for effective homeschooling.

365 Manners Kids Should Know by Sheryl Eberly gives clever and insightful advice using games, activities and other fun ways to help children and teens learn etiquette.  It presents a variety of possible situations such as when and where it’s appropriate to text, how to write a thank-you note and how to behave at birthday parties, weddings, and religious services.

The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals by Kate McMillian offers the busy mom a selection of yummy recipes that makes use of common ingredients found in your refrigerator.  It covers the basics- sandwiches, healthy snacks, salads and more and gives clever ideas for packing lunches that will appeal to kids as well as tips on how to accommodate allergies.

More new memorial and donation items we’ve recently received include:

Mrs. Ruth Carroll has donated two beautiful National Geographic coffee table books in memory of her husband, Larry.   Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips showcases stunning photography, full-color maps, text by the magazine’s impressive writing staff, and expert advice on how to get to each destination, when to visit, and how to make the most of your trip.

Simply Beautiful Photographs features some of the most stunning photographs ever to be published in National Geographic.  Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths culled the images to reflect the beauty illustrated through the concepts of light, composition, gesture, emotion and motion.  Each chapter begins with an introduction and brief essay about the featured concept but then lets the photographs speak for themselves, which each one enhanced only by lyrical quotes from scholars and poets.

Hidden Kitchen: Stories, Recipes and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters by Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson was purchased with monies donated by the Booneville Woman’s Club in memory of Merril Cartwright.  It tells the story of how communities come together through food as it explores the world of street corner cooking, legendary meals, kitchen rituals, and culinary visionaries as it interweaves stories and characters from the radio series with a wealth of new material from the enormous archive of interviews, photographs, and recipes gathered for the series.

Gardens in the Spirit of Place by Page Dickey was purchased in memory of avid gardener Virginia Smitherman with funds donated by Jessica LeCroy, Evelyn LeCroy Hootkins and Louise LeCroy Sanders.  It takes us on an insider’s tour of some of the most beautiful examples of gardens across the United States, with featured text by renowned garden writer Page Dickey and more than 150 dazzling photographs by John M. Hall.

Children’s book titles donated by Bonnie Kemp include Eric Carle’s Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, given in memory of Hubert McDaniel; Disney’s Storybook Collection, given in memory of Bill and Helen White; Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw, given in memory of Zana Caver Hill and Say Please, Little Bear by Peter Bently, given in memory of Sara Cole Nelson.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.




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Natasha Tretheway Appointed as 19th U.S. Poet Laureate

by Cody Daniel, Assistant Librarian, Corinth Public Library

Mississippians have long admired our state’s rich tradition in the arts and, as of this summer, we have yet another reason to be proud of our literary heritage.  The Librarian of Congress has recently appointed Natasha Tretheway as the nation’s 19th Poet Laureate.  A native of Gulfport, Tretheway is the author of three collections of poetry, including Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.  She also wrote Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which provides her reflections on the region and the people whose lives were changed because of it.

The tragedies of one’s community are not the only ones that a talented poet can explore.  While Tretheway was in college in Georgia, her mother was murdered.  It was through poetry that she began to deal with the emotional pain it caused her.  At those moments, Tretheway explained to the Associated Press, poetry “seems like the only thing that can speak the unspeakable.”*  In addition to dealing with emotional loss, poetry can help us experience history, as Tretheway explores in her “Native Guard,” the title poem of her award-winning collection.  It deals with a group of white Confederate prisoners being guarded by an all-black Union regiment.  James Billington, the Librarian of Congress who selected Tretheway, praised the poet for her exploration of history.  He told the Associated Press, “She takes the greatest human tragedy in American history…and she takes us inside without preaching.” *

Chosen each year by the Librarian of Congress, the Poet Laureate is the nation’s “official poet,” whose duties include enhancing the appreciation of poetry throughout the nation.  However, the specific programs and activities are at the discretion of the current laureate.  Former Poets Laureate have conducted seminars across America’s high schools, hosted poetry events in the nation’s capital, and written poetry columns for major newspapers.

Natasha Tretheway is not only the first Poet Laureate from Mississippi, but she is also the first one from the South since Robert Penn Warren in 1986.  She will be the first Poet Laureate to live in Washington, D.C. and work in the Library of Congress’s recently designed Poetry Room.  Her next collection of poems (Thrall) will be published in September.

*NPR source

Other sources used  (Library of Congress) (Emory Univ. faculty page)

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Brandon Lowrey Becomes Corinth Librarian


The Corinth Library welcomes Mr. Brandon Lowrey as its new Librarian. He has been employed by the library since 2008 and assumed his new duties on July 2, 2012 with the retirement of Ms. Ann Coker.  Brandon considers Ann Coker to have been a mentor and teacher to him, and he will take the knowledge that she has given him to serve Corinth/Alcorn County.

Brandon has had a love of books since he was little because his parents read to him and his brother and made sure that they both had access to books.

A 1995 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Brandon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Recreation. Since that time he has completed the Mississippi Library Commission’s Librarianship 101 training and has attended continuing education seminars relating to the library field.

Brandon plans increased programming for all ages of library users, strengthen community inclusiveness, make the Corinth library a “person’s third place” when he or she is not at home or at work, encourage literacy, and introduce the public library to those who are not familiar with its services.

Please feel free to drop by and introduce yourself to him and the staff at the Corinth Library.

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Cody Daniel Is Named Assistant Librarian at the Corinth Library


The Corinth Library has named Mr. Cody Daniel as its new Assistant Librarian. He assumed his duties on July 2, 2012.

Cody is a native of northeast Mississippi, having grown up in Iuka.  He is a 2003 graduate of Corinth High School.  He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science in 2008 from the University of Mississippi.

A supporter of the arts in Alcorn County, Cody is active in the Crossroads Poetry Project and has been a judge for the Poetry Out Loud competition.  He is also a member of the Corinth Shakespeare Club for which he has delivered three annual programs.

Cody welcomes children to the pre-school story hour held each Thursday at 10 a.m. His storytelling abilities are entertaining for young children.

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New at Ripley Public Library

Fiction coming to the library soon:
The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig
Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
By Starlight by Dorothy Garlock
The Craving by Jason Starr
Garment of Shadows by Laurie King
Gone by Randy Wayne White
Hostage by Elie Wiesel
A Killing in the Hills by Julie Keller
Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon
The Lost Prince by Selden Edwards
The Making of Ghosts by Henry Kellerman
The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
One Last Thing Before I Go by JonathanTropper
Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
The Roots of the Olive Tree by CourtneyMiller Santo
The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
The Tiger’s Claw by Dale Brown
Trickster’s Point by William Kent Kreuger
Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks
You are the Love of My Life by Susan

The following nonfiction will be coming to the library soon:
Backyard Projects for Less
Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook
Candice Olson Bedrooms
The Graves are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People byJohn Kelly
I Can Make You Sleep by Paul McKenna

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Change at Ripley Public Library

by Brent Grisham, Librarian

As many of you already know, I will no longer be the librarian at the Ripley Library. I have decided to take a position teaching history
and English at Blue Mountain High School, my alma mater. It was a tough decision. I have loved working at the library and meeting all of our wonderful patrons. But in the end, I decided on this new chapter in my life.
I’m going to miss my time with you all. I think that the future is bright for the Ripley Library. I am still hopeful that we will see the construction of a new library in the future. Keep the pressure on. A new library would do wonders for our community. Thank you all for the kind words and everything you have done to make my time at the library worthwhile. I’ll be seeing you around,

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian, George E. Allen Library


As everyone gets caught up in the whirlwind of summertime fun, don’t forget to use your local library.   The library has lots of great resources to help you with all your summer plans, whether it’s getting your trip together, weekend adventures in the outdoors or reading for the beach or your front porch.    New titles to our collection include:

The Field and Stream Camping Guide by T. Edward Nickens has something for everyone who loves the great outdoors.  It offers practical advice and dozens of hints on everything from choosing your campsite to roasting the perfect marshmallow.  Nickens, the host of TV’s Total Outdoorsman Challenge, draws on his extensive experience camping, paddling, backpacking, hunting and fishing all around the world.

The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri finds 40-year-old Nora Keane happily married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts until her world is torn apart by news of his infidelity.  Humiliated by the details leaking to the press, Nora takes refuge with her aunt on Burke’s Island, where she finally finds the courage to take charge of her own life.

Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson has the author embarking on a new series, “Land of the Lone Star”, set in Texas.  After  her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi while fighting in the Civil War, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch he had recently acquired on the Texas plains.  This title is available both in large-print and audio book versions.

New DVDs to help you keep your children occupied during these hot summer days include Strawberry Shortcake: Bloomin Berry Garden, Chuggington: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair, Spot and His Grandparents Go to the Carnival, The Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection and a three volume set of “Franklin the Turtle” DVDs, each containing three episodes.

If you need audio books to pass the time while you’re traveling, some of our newest titles include Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery, Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe, Heat Rises by Richard Castle and Ranger by Ace Atkins.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.


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