Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Oconee County, Ga Wee Read Team hopes to provide free books for all 2,200 eligible preschoolers in the county.
At age 6 I fell in love with my first book. It was “Little Black, A Pony” written by Walter Farley that stole my heart. I was heartbroken when I had to return it to the library, despite my mother’s assurance that I could check it out again. I wanted desperately to keep that book. Don’t you remember your first beloved book just as fondly? Country Star Dolly Parton remembers her own longing for books, and it sparked a desire to get age-appropriate books into the hands of her home county’s preschoolers so that they could feel the magic that books can create. In 1996, she launched “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” a local program for her east Tennessee home county which provided a book each month to every pre-school child. The brand-new…
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Don't you just love to visit the library?
President Obama proclaimed March 2 National Read Across America Day. If you need help choosing a good book to read in celebration this week, consider Oconee County Librarian Jackie Elsner's favorites for you and your children. 1) Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns: set in fictional rural Georgia; a step back in time; explores themes such as religion, death, and social taboos; has a follow-up novel called Leaving Cold Sassy, a hilarious read! 2) Sister Fidelma Mysteries by Peter Tremayne: this series has its own fan club, set in 670A.D. and in ancient Ireland, interesting insights into women's rights and place in society from that era, riveting mysteries, over 20 books in the series...enough to keep you entertained for quite a …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Babies and parents have fun hearing stories and singing songs at the Oconee County Library.
On Feb. 21, the Oconee County Public Library hosted "Book Babies" for parents in the community to bring their tots under 23 months for story time and interaction. The event, which helps foster a love of books in the up-and-coming readers while providing an opportunity for parents to meet, is lead by Jessie Johnson, Oconee County children's specialist.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Therapy dog Kringle provides the perfect companion for kids as they deepen their passion for reading.
For the first time, 6-year-old Payslee Bettis met a special dog this afternoon. The Colham Ferry first grader came bouncing into Oconee County Public Library's "Read to Rover" program, eager to crack open some of her favorite storybooks. At the same time, 5-year-old golden retriever Kringle was excited to see Payslee. Kringle is a therapy companion dog to Rebecca VanSchoick, who shares him with Oconee children a couple of times each month. " 'Read to Rover' is usually offered twice a month throughout the year," explained Jessie Johnson, children's specialist for Oconee Library. She said the program typically gains popularity in the summertime, and additional times are offered. The unique program offers kids in kindergarten through 4th …