Monthly Archives: March 2013

Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

If the advent of spring has you itching to work in your yard or start planning your  garden, check out some of the new titles we’ve recently received at the library.  They include:

The Layered Garden by David Culp is a how-to book based on the garden at Brandywine Cottage.  It offers tips on creating a beautiful, layered garden in every season as it shows you how to combine heirloom daffodils and other spring flowers that will eventually give way to lovely Asian wildflowers during the winter.

Gardening with Water by James van Sweden shows that no garden is too small to benefit from the soothing qualities of water.  It covers everything from birdbaths and small fountains to waterfalls, swimming pools, lily pools, and water edges.  Practical questions are addressed: what to plant, where to plant and how to build.  Clear instructions are supplemented by illustrations, extensive diagrams and a detailed glossary of trees, plants, and flowers.

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama tells how the Frist Lady and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House’s South Lawn to raise awareness about childhood obesity.  This beautifully photographed book also gives gardening tips, recipes and advice for making healthy food choices for every meal.

Trees, Shrubs and Hedges for Home Landscaping by Jacqueline Heriteau gives the reader the author’s secrets for selecting and caring for the plantings that make up your landscaping.  Plant recommendations are based on their beauty, availability, ease of maintenance and resistance to pests and disease and are broken down by all regions of the U.S.

Gardening 1-2-3 has been compiled by experts from The Home Depot.  Using thousands of full-color photographs, they show the reader how to understand the growing conditions for their individual region.  It also describes the steps in preparing, planting and maintaining your soil.  In addition to regular garden and lawn care, this volume offers sections on container gardening and houseplants.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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From the Blue Mountain Public Library

by Erin Lovett, Librarian

March 16, 2013

Has anyone heard that saying, “This is so good I could just slap my momma?” I know it is a little crazy, but I just finished reading a book that might make you wanna slap your WHOLE family. HAHA.

Allan Folsom’s book, The Day After Tomorrow, is that kind of book!!!! Oh my word, I cannot even begin to tell ya’ll how much I enjoyed this book. I seriously encourage you to read this book!!

The next book I plan to read is by Greg Iles, entitled, Mortal Fear. He is a Mississippi boy and… I know I can hear ya’ll still saying, “Really? She’s just now reading these authors?”  Anyway, if you haven’t read him either then I DARE YOU to and let’s see who finishes first. J

Have you ever read a book and you kept thinking, “When is this ever going to end, or Is this book ever going to make its point?” Yeah well, I think I have that same life at the moment, meaning… is the library EVER going to be put back together? I know it will and it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes, but here’s the thing….Sometimes those long awaited points in the book are worth waiting for because you have finally discovered something totally awesome and something totally worth reading (and waiting) for. Then again…. I JUST WANTED TO PAINT!

So a chicken comes running into the library straight to the circulation desks and says, “book, bok, bok, book.” The librarian gives the chicken a book and watches the chicken run out of the library. A few minutes later, the same chicken runs in again and says, “book, bok, booook.” The librarian once again hands the chicken the book and watches the chicken run out of the library. A third time the chicken runs in saying, “bok, book, book bok.” The librarian not only gives the chicken another book, but follows it out the door and over the hills and through the woods, not to grandmothers house they go, but to the pond where the frog is waiting for the chicken. The chicken holds up the book to the frog and the frog says, “read-it, read-it, read-it.”

It’s funny, laugh 🙂

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

Great new fiction that we have recently arrived at the library includes:

In The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Sage Singer becomes friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is beloved in her community.  One day Sage is shocked when Josef asks her to kill him and reveals the reason why he deserves to die.  Sage must then question her own beliefs as she wonders – is his request murder or justice?

Mr. Monk Gets Even by Lee Goldberg finds everyone’s favorite neurotic detective Adrian Monk looking into a recent string of accidental deaths and suicides that may actually have been murders.  Monk begins to doubt his own detecting skills when his chief suspect is found dead at the same time that his arch nemesis Dale the Whale is released from prison.

Lake People by Abi Maxwell is the story of Alice Thornton, who was found in a boathouse abandoned as a baby.  Raised by a local young couple, Alice grows up yearning for acceptance and wholly unaware of the women who came before her, a situation that compels her to develop a mysterious bond with the lake where she was found.

Suspect is a new thriller by Robert Crais set outside his usual Joe Pike and Elvis Cole series.  LAPD cop Max Kent is teamed up with a traumatized military canine after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier.  Struggling to reclaim his career after the tragedy, Max and Maggie try to track down his late partner’s killer.

Other recently released titles by your favorite authors include Ever After by Kim Harrison, Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb, Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin, Deadly Stakes by J. A. Jance, The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister, Private Berlin by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, The Alpine Xanadu by Mary Daheim, Blood Money by James Grippando and A Killer in the Wind by Andrew Klavan.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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From the Blue Mountain Library

by Erin Lovett, Librarian

I know that you readers are sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to hear about the wonderful things that the Blue Mountain Library is doing. Well, at least a girl can hope, right?!!? Our library is such a special place and I’ve found that it is so special that every time a new librarian comes into “power” (HAHA), they paint. Still, I haven’t figured out if it is in our nature or job description. I have already shared with you that we are painting the walls and doing some “fixing” up to make our library fresh. However, I did not guess that we would be installing a new ceiling and two new walls. Yep, you heard me right, MAJOR remodeling! Our building is old and I guess it decided that it wanted a little TLC and I guess it chose me for that project, not my idea mind you, I just wanted to paint!

In other library news….my role as librarian was in role reversal with one of my patrons last week. I became the patron and they became the librarian. And here I thought the librarian position was mine. (HAHA) This patron and I were discussing books that they have read and they introduced me to two authors, Allan Folsom and Greg Iles. Once again to do I hear collective gasps because I’m just now hearing about these authors? I know, I know, but may I have a little credit I’m still new to this whole “Library Thing,” well maybe. 🙂 I am currently reading Allan Folsom’s novel, The Day After Tomorrow.

Can I just say that it is one of those novels that you can’t put down? Except I have, because of working at the library and my 4 year old, but it is AWESOME!! I definitely recommend this book if you have never read it!!

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.  ~Lemony Snicket 

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“Express Yourself” at the George E. Allen Library (Booneville)

Kids – get out your pencils, crayons, markers or paints – the George E. Allen Library is pleased to announce its 8th Annual “Express Yourself!” creative writing and illustrating contest for all Prentiss county children (including home-schooled children) through 18 years of age.  Deadline for entries is Friday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m.

There are four contest categories: creative writing, short story; creative writing, poetry; creative writing with illustrations, short story; and creative writing with illustrations, poetry.  Age divisions are 7 & under, 8 –9, 10- 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18.

Prizes for the contest include ribbons, certificates, blank journals and first place cash prizes.  Winners will be contacted early the week of April 22 if their works have been selected.  An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the Marion Smith meeting room of the library.

Copies of the official rules for the contest and registration forms (which must accompany each entry) are available at the library.

This contest was funded through the generous support of everyone who participated in the library’s 2012 Christmas Memory Tree project and the Friends of the George E. Allen Library.

For more information about “Express Yourself!”, please visit the library at 500 W. Church Street or call 728-6553.

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Library Lines from the GEA Library (Booneville)

by Dee Hare, Librarian

Don’t let the winter weather get you down!  Curl up inside with a good book and let the snow flurries blow!  Wonderful new fiction titles that have recently arrived at the library include:

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie is the story of a writer in mourning after the death of his father.  After losing his latest book in a fire, the author fakes his own death and exiles himself to a small Caribbean island where he can mourn and pine for an elusive woman he has loved since childhood.  On the island, however, unexpected fame follows him to reveal the price of his deception.

In The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones, a hard-drinking and unpredictable woman goes missing from her small Southern town.  After her disappearance, the woman’s unhappily dutiful sister, a failed local athlete-turned-detective, a socially awkward teenager and a factory worker with a tormented past become connected in violent and unexpected ways.

The newest title in James Patterson’s “Alex Cross” series is Alex Cross, Run.  The detective’s latest case is an investigation into the murder of a young mother whose newborn has disappeared, an occurrence with possible connections to the recent release from prison of a disgraced plastic surgeon.  The case becomes even more complicated when two more people are murdered.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a new collection of stories by Karen Russell, the Pulitzer Prize finalist author of Swamplandia!.  The stories in this collection star a variety of main characters including a depressed teenager who seems to communicate through objects found in seagull nests, a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by removing the inked images from his body and a centuries old vampire who must overcome his fear of flying to be with the one he loves.

If you weren’t at the library last week, you missed out on a big treat!  We had a wonderful visit with James Meredith and his wife Judy.  A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who helped with the refreshments for the event – Anne Caver, Oneta Cole, Ruth Galloway, Saundra Hamblin, Annette Jones, Moise Jones, Betty and Keith Shackelford, Gloria Smith, Martha White and Cissy Worley.  “Thank You” also goes to Rayne Gould for helping with the set up and for photographing and taping the program.   And a huge “Thank You” goes to Mark Tapp and the Farmers and Merchants Bank for donating money for the refreshments.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the library.

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From the Blue Mountain Library

by Erin Lovett, Librarian

OK, so I have a HUGE confession to make! I was not fond of John Grisham’s book The Racketeer. I know, right? Please don’t hate. He had a great story line and I liked the characters, but……..

In other library news, the count down continues til the painting begins at the library!!! Have I told you how excited I am? I AM SO EXCITED!!! The colors we are using are: Urban Putty for the 3 walls,  a Royal Blue for the “kids’” wall, and White for the trim. Once again, I’ll keep you updated on how the remodeling is going.

If you are in the neighborhood, I would love to meet you and visit with you and find out what you enjoy reading.

Our hours: Thursday 3-5pm, Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm.

What did one book say to the other one?
I just wanted to see if we are on the same page

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