Monthly Archives: February 2013

Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

New titles that have recently arrived at theBooneville library include:

In Airtight by David Rosenfelt, New Jersey police officer Luke Somers is recognized as a public hero after he is forced to shoot the chief suspect in the murder investigation of a high-profile judge.  Afterwards, Luke’s own brother is targeted by the suspect’s vengeful older brother, who insists that his brother was innocent.

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner finds investigator Tessa Leone racing against time when Justin and Libby Denbe and their beautiful fifteen year old daughter disappear.  Tessa must delve deep into this perfect family’s past and expose their darkest secrets to figure out who would want to kidnap them.  (This title is also available in large print.)

Nano by Robin Cook is the story of Pia Grazdani, a medical student who decides to take a year off from her studies after her mentor is murdered.  Pia takes a job with a nanotechnology institute in the Rockies, where she discover both promising medical treatments and illicit testing methods covered up by a culture of paranoia and secrets.  (This title is also available in large print.)

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Brent is the first entry in a new fantasy series by Marie Brennan.  It follows the tales of a bookish young woman whose passion for knowledge and learning defy the stifling conventions of her world as it leads her to revolutionary new understandings about dragons.

In Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald present the argument that prejudice toward others is often an unconscious part of the human psyche.  The book discusses the science behind biased feelings and shares guidelines for identifying and learning from your hidden prejudices.

New audio books include The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly, Diary of a Mad Fat Girl and Happily Madder After by Stephanie McAfee and First Prophet by Kay Hooper.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.


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James Meredith signs his new book at Corinth Library

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James Meredith signs copies of his book  A Mission from God at the Corinth Library. On February 21st Meredith spoke at the George E. Allen Library in Booneville and at the Corinth Library.  He emphasized the important role that religious organizations can play in educating children, stating that the community should be active in child rearing, and that cooperation between religious and social groups was the key factor in preserving community values.

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Gwen Spain is New Iuka Librarian

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Prior to the retirement of Fredda Sanderson McCune in January 2013, Gwen Spain began the transition to the position of Librarian at the Iuka Public Library on December 3, 2012. Ms. Spain has taken the position with great enthusiasm, working diligently to become familiar with library procedures, patrons, and daily routine. She has a vision for the future of the Iuka Library that she has already begun building on.

Ms. Spain has a Master’s degree in Special Education and an unusual variety of experiences in the field.  The experiences include public school classroom teaching, work in non-residential wilderness programs for emotionally-disturbed/behavior-disordered adolescents, and running educational and counseling programs for at-risk teen girls in Florida. Most recently she was known as radio personality “Honey G.”  She is a Nashville native who has been a visitor to Iuka for more than 20 years and a resident since 2001.

Please come by the Iuka Library and meet your new librarian very soon.


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Robin Parrish Takes the Position of Northeast Regional Library Order Clerk


Robin Parrish began working as Order Clerk for the Northeast Regional Library in November, 2012, taking over the position vacated by Hazel Sparks who retired in December after 16 years in the position.

Ms. Parrish is a native of Centralia, Illinois. She moved to Mississippi after high school in order to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College.  She and her husband Lew have been married for over thirty years and have 3 children who all work in medical and related professions.

Ms. Parrish has a background in sales and customer service which she says have helped her acclimate to her new duties at the library.  She is very excited about her future with the Northeast Regional Library.

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James Meredith to Speak at Booneville and Corinth Libraries February 21st

Writer, political advisor, and civil rights legend James Meredith will speak and answer questions on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 in the Marion Smith room of the George E. Allen Library and in the auditorium of the Corinth Library at 3:00 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Signed copies of his book, a memoir of his life, entitled A Mission from God, will be available for purchase.

Meredith is most remembered for becoming the first African American admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi in 1962, an occurrence that became a pivotal event in the civil rights movement.  Escorted by U.S. Marshals by the order of Attorney General Robert Kennedy, the ensuing riots were eventually quelled by additional troops sent in by President John F. Kennedy from the U.S. Army military police, the U. S. Border Patrol and the Mississippi Army National Guard.

Meredith would go on to graduate with a degree in political science from the university.  He also holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Born in Kosciusko, Meredith currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi.

For more information about the program, please call the George E. Allen Library 728-6553 or the Corinth Library at 287-2441.

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

The winter season is heating up in more ways than just the weather outside – Valentine’s Day is here!  To help you celebrate this day of love and romance, check out some of the new titles that have recently arrived at the library.  They include:

Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly have a new collaborative novel that is set at the turn of the century.  The Husband List is Caroline Maxwell’s mother’s idea of who is a suitable candidate to marry her heiress daughter.  But Caroline has other ideas for romance in the form of her brother’s adventuress friend Jack, whose new money and lack of title have excluded him from “the list.”  (This title is also available as an audio book.)

In Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark, Piper Donovan, wedding cake decorator and maid of honor in her beloved cousin’s wedding, must save the day when the impending nuptials are threatened by the disappearance of a bridesmaid, the discovery of a body on the beach where the wedding is to take place and the arrival of the ex-drug dealer best man.

Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper finds Prudence the cat losing her home when her owner passes away.  Prudence is taken in by her owner’s grieving daughter, who keeps a meticulously organized life in order to avoid the pain of past losses and memories of the great relationship she had with her mother.

Haywood Smith, the author of the “Red Hat” series, has a new comedic novel – Out of Warranty.   Widow Cassie Jones has had all of her money eaten up by rising health-care costs.  Her solution?  To remarry as soon as possible.  But when dating proves unsuccessful, Cassie enlists the grudging help of reclusive fellow patient Jack as she devises an unconventional solution to her problem.

Other new romantic titles include Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel, Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz, The Man in 3B by Carl Weber, Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble, Fever by Elizabeth Lowell, Hiss and Hers by M. C. Beaton  and Not Your Mother’s Rules: New Secrets for Dating – Ellen Fein’s update to 1995’s The Rules.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.


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Corinth Library Features Art for Black History Month


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 Tupelo artist Billy Clifton is featured in this month’s art exhibit at the Corinth Library in honor of Black History Month.  His paintings will be on exhibit through February 16th, 2013.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday February 16th from 1 – 4 p.m. in the library’s auditorium.  The public is cordially invited to attend.

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