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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
10:33 am
We've Moved!
There's a newer version of McBook here: http://mcalester.lib.ok.us/mcbook/ .

Hope to see you there!
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
10:47 am
Staff Recommendations: It's Frances's Turn
Staff-recommended books and materials are currently one of several displays near the front desk at McAlester Public Library.

Here are the book and video recommendations from Frances Snowder of the Interlibrary Loan desk:

*The Perfect Corpse DVD--Two ancient corpses, mummified by immersion in an Irish peat bog, show evidence of torture and violent death. Were these Iron Age felons or human sacrifices to Druid gods? Forensic investigation of the 2,000 year old remains reveals the social class, diet, and hairstyles of the victims, while the reason they were brutally put to death remains a mystery.

*Story by Robert McKee--Robert McKee is the master mentor for anyone attempting to write a novel or screenplay. No formulas or vague platitudes, his is the practical voice of experience. Many of McKee’s students have taken Hollywood’s top honors. McKee advises how to avoid clichés and come up with original ideas to develop into compelling stories book editors and filmmakers will fight over.

This is the most thorough and inspirational book on plotting, writing powerful dialogue, and creating memorable scenes I have ever encountered.

*Matters of Life and Death DVD--An overview of medical progress in the last 100 years, this documentary will leave the viewer optimistic about future breakthroughs.

From the revelation that pellagra was a dietary disorder easily be cured by eating foods containing niacin to the current challenge of finding a cure for cancer, this Science Odyssey highlights the defeat of Bubonic Plague, the fortuitous discovery of penicillin, the development of insulin for diabetics, the politics of organ transplantation, and machinery that makes open heart surgery possible.

*In the Realms of the Unreal DVD--Henry Darger seemed--to the few people who knew him--to be an ordinary, taciturn old man barely surviving on the meager pay of a janitor for a Catholic church in Chicago. After he died, his landlords discovered piles of his unique collage-style artwork and the largest novel ever written in the English language.

*Pompeii: Buried Alive DVD--Have you ever wondered why the people of Pompeii, who lived on the coast of southern Italy, didn’t just run into the harbor from their erupting volcano? After all, that’s what the eye witness chronicler of the event, Pliny the Younger, did. He sailed out of there.

As a result of the Pompeiian disaster, archeologists know a great deal about one day in this Roman era resort town. Carbonized bread loaves and wall art were preserved in buildings that remained pretty much intact. Archeologists were even able to tell what the people were wearing and what they were doing. They poured plaster into hollows in the hardened ash where the charred bodies left impressions. The writhing bodies of the wealthy citizens and their slaves are now on display, complete with details of clothing, teeth, and jewelry. Grim and glorious!

*Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel--I didn’t read this book when everyone else did, but I made up for it by reading the entire series. The main draw is Ayla, a strong admirable heroine and, over the course of the series, one of the most psychologically in-depth fictional characters ever written. This first book of the series is the best, ironically, because its success gave Auel the leverage to make her editors back off.

*Three Hands in the Fountain by Lindsey Davis--This witty, satiric mystery/adventure--my favorite of the fifteen plus books in the Falco series-- finds Marcus Didius Falco and his beautiful patrician girlfriend, Helena, studying the plumbing system of ancient Rome for clues to the identity of a serial murderer. At one point, Marcus longs to be a plumber traveling the countryside unplugging clogged fountains rather than risking his neck as a poorly paid gumshoe. The life of the ancient plumber seemed a pretty idyllic to me, too.

*Keeping Watch by Laurie King--A departure from her two other mystery novel series featuring female detectives, the protagonist of this one is a Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Allen, in an attempt to heal himself, uses his war experience to capture child abusers. Written so vividly that I would swear the author had been a soldier fighting in the jungle, this powerfully-written book challenges the wisdom of obeying authorities and following rules in all circumstances.

NEXT TIME: Forrest's picks!
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
3:24 pm
Fall Math Tutoring Set
Grover Walker, volunteer mathematics tutor, has announced his schedule for fall sessions at McAlester Public Library.

Sessions will begin August 16 and continue every Saturday through December 16. The schedule is:
*9:45-10:30 a.m.--seventh and eighth grades;
*10:30-11:30 a.m.--Algebra;
*11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.--Geometry; and
*12:30-1:15 p.m.--AlgebraII, Calculus and Trigonometry.

There is no fee for the tutoring sessions. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation, paper and pens. More information is available from Walker at 423-5019.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
11:02 am
August Events At The Library
Assistant Librarian

Yes, the sun is as intense as Al Pacino at a complaint window, so we’re keeping the air conditioner cold and the activities schedule full here at McAlester Public Library in August.

If the 100+ degree temperatures have you a bit addled, don’t worry. Use that brain hiccup to enter our “Spoonerisms” contest. The best five entries will win book bags. Look for the entry forms and display near the front desk. Just to get you started, there are few Spoonerisms quoted on this month’s adult events calendar: “Don’t hit your bunny phone! Go shake a tower, know your blows and go out and buy yourself a pasty tie!”

If you had no trouble deciphering that as “Don’t hit your funny bone! Go take a shower, blow your nose and go out and buy yourself a tasty pie,” then the Spoonerism contest should be your thing.

“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” books have arrived and are ready for checkout. Just ask at the front desk and be sure to get both brochures. Several new presenters, bonus movies and a promising theme will make this fall’s “Let’s Talk” one for the record books. predicting.

Also this month, we have started a new regular display called “Staff Picks.” Head Librarian Christine Sauro started us off with a few of her favorites. Interlibrary Loan specialist Frances Snowder will offer her choices next. Be on the lookout for your library staff’s recommendations! We’re a fascinating bunch with a wide variety of literary tastes (or at least that’s what our mothers tell us).

And since we’re on the subject of displays, there are three more of note this month. In the display case in the lobby you’ll find commemorative posters and other items denoting the 2008 Summer Olympics—keep an eye out for an ongoing medal count later in the month.

Teen Librarian Sarah Di Lorenzo got the fantastic idea last month to enter a couple of book cart decoration contests. The results are fantastic! Our book cart is painted and decorated to look like the go-cart in the video game Mario Kart. Several of the children helped with the project, as did Children’s Librarian Anita Ross. We have the cart itself on display, along with photos of the kids all dressed up like video game characters. It’s a must-see!

And finally, Reference Librarian Christopher Elliott has donned his Indiana Jones hat to create a fascinating display on Archaeology this month. Young people love Christopher’s multi-media, hands-on displays, which this month feature a range of books and magazines on the subject, movies, and even a miniature dig, complete with bones and shovels. It’s a real treasure.

The Summer Reading Program is all finished, so it’s back to a regular schedule of events. Children’s activities will include Lapsit (ages birth-3) on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; Story Time (ages 3-up) at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays; and an After-School Program (grades K-6) at 4 p.m. Thursdays. Don’t forget Family Fun Night the fourth Tuesday evening of every month at 5:30 p.m. Games and activities, plus a few snacks, for the whole family!

Teen events are also now on a regular schedule. The Manga Club meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. And every Tuesday, teen movies are scheduled at 4 p.m. Come in the library and pick up a calendar to see the titles. Also for teens, every Friday afternoon at 3:30 is Game Time, with the Wii in the Whiteacre East. Wheeeee!

And now for the adult activites.

Thursday, Aug. 7—Bodacious Bookies, 1-3 p.m., Conference Room, discussing Ann B. Ross’s “Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind.” Tell your friends about our daytime book group—Darlene Rising and Janice Saaranen keep the selections eclectic and the discussion scintillating.

Saturday, Aug. 9—Second Saturday Cinema, 2 p.m., Whiteacre East, free popcorn and a prize drawing after the show. A family-friendly film every second Saturday.

Thursday, Aug. 14—Arthouse Theater, 6:20 p.m., Whiteacre East. Every month, an evening film that’s a bit on the different side.

Tuesday, Aug. 19—Night Readers, 6:30 p.m., Conference Room, discussing J.M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace.” If you have strong opinions about books, this is the group for you. We don’t always agree, and that makes for some rousing conversations!

Saturday, Aug. 23—Adult Manga/Anime Club Mixer and Movie, 1-4 p.m., Whiteacre East. There will be some anime-style music videos created by a group member for all to view. Plus a group of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will attend. They want to see if a mutual interest in vampire fiction can lead to a bigger group. So if you like Japanese style animation and/or Joss Whedon creations, or if you’re just looking to join a different sort of group, please attend. Interest has been coming from the college-age crowd, but all are welcome.

And finally, tell all your friends who don’t like to get out after dark about our new afternoon movie feature. Every final Monday of the month, “Doc Movie,” our cartoon mascot, presents a surprise documentary movie at 4 p.m. in the Whiteacre East. Some truly beautiful and interesting films have been shown so far.

Hope to see you at the library!
Monday, August 4th, 2008
11:33 am
Head Librarian Leads Off 'Staff Picks' With Lively List
A new display featured near the front desk at McAlester Public Library is called "Staff Picks." In this display, staff members recommend books for you, the reader.

Head Librarian Chrisine Sauro led off the display with a varied list. Her books and comments include:

*Two Delightful Mystery Series by M.C. Beaton--Hamish Macbeth is the constable of the little hamlet of Lochdubh in Scotland, a village filled with interesting characters and murder. The Agatha Raisin series is set in the Cotswolds in England. Agatha is a middle-aged P.I. with an on-again, off-again marriage. She meddles in everyone's business and always finds herself in the middle of a murder.

*1776 by David McCullough (audiobook)--This audiobook version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book is a real treat to hear. Read by McCullough himself, you find yourself drawn into the story and windering if the small American army will ever overcome the odds and save the struggling nation.

*Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew--Written by Oklahoma author Rilla Askew, this book is a factionalized account of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Askew's books are a joy to read, as she uses beautiful language to portray unforgettalbe characters and events.

*The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald--You probably were assigned to read it in high school. I highly recommend giving it a second look as it so brually portrays the empty lives of the Roaring 20s.

*The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory--This book has it all--romance, suspense, and mystery. It gives us a peek at life behind the castle walls during the reign of Henry VIII.

*Medusa's Child by John Nance--Medusa's Child and all John Nance books are pure escapism. If you are looking for a book that keeps you turning the pages, this one is it. Caution--you will not get any work done at home once you start reading.

*The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards--The Memory Keeper's Daughter is the story of a family torn apart by secrets and how the biggest secret of all changes everyone's life. Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I enjoyed reading about very familiar places.

Next, patrons are invited to come into the library to see Circulation Librarian Janice Saaranen's choices.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
4:13 pm
Adult Anime, Manga Fans Plan Get-Together
A group of anime and manga fans from the college-age set met July 8 and discussed plans for monthly get-togethers and activities.

One member plans to share her anime music videos when the group meets next on Saturday, August 23. Also on the schedule is a movie viewing, with the title to be announced. At that time, participants will discuss and choose a name for the group.

The meeting will be from 1-4 p.m. in the Whiteacre Room East. All anime and manga fans age 18 and older are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
2:13 pm
The Reading Bug Strikes At McAlester Public Library

YOUNGSTERS ALL OVER OKLAHOMA are catching the reading bug this summer, with programs like these recent performances at McAlester Public Library. In the top photo, Steve Crawford does a magic trick; next, representatives from the Science Museum show live insects and other creepy, crawly things. All the shows were part of the Summer Reading Program.
Friday, June 6th, 2008
4:45 pm

TROPICAL ILLUSIONS got a bit startling Wednesday at McAlester Public Library, when one young patron was surprised by what came out of the snake basket. Chris and Audrey Moss put on quite a show for the first summer reading program, utilizing the statewide theme "Catch the Reading Bug." Morning and afternoon shows taught youngsters all about conservation, animals and insects. Next week's show will feature song and dance man Monty Harper.
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
10:50 am
Book Clubs Select July-December Reading
Both the Bodacious Bookies and the Night Readers have announced their reading choices for the remainder of 2008. The Bodacious Bookies meet from 1-3 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the conference room. The Night Readers meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month, also in the conference room.

The July-December choices of the Bodacious Bookies are: July 3, "The Accidental Tourist," by Anne Tyler; Aug. 7, "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind," by Ann B. Ross; Sept. 4, "Black Sunday," by Thomas Harris; Oct. 2, "How to Be Lost," by Amanda Eyre Ward; Nov. 6, Reader's Choice, plus voting on January-June 2009 choices; and Dec. 4, "The Guns of the South," by Harry Turtledove.

The July-December choices of the Night Readers are: July 15, "Memoirs of a Geisha," by Arthur Golden; Aug. 19, "Disgrace," by J.M. Coetzee; Sept. 16, "Atonement" by Ian McEwan; Oct. 21, "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Bronte; Nov. 18, "The Uses of Enchantment," by Heidi Julavits; and Dec. 16, "Heartburn," by Nora Ephron. The group also plans to view film adaptations in July, September, October and December. Times for the movies will be announced at a later date.
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
12:18 pm
Author Sheds Light On Gnostic Gospels, Early Church

WRITER AND SPEAKER J. Michael Matkin, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Early Christianity," spoke Thursday night at McAlester Public Library. Matkin's presentation covered the gnostic traditions in several cultures, the discoveries of the texts, and brief overviews of the Gospels of Thomas, Phillip, Mary and the Egyptians and the Gospel of Truth. He also spoke of the purported "Q" document. The audience of about 20 had a variety of questions for the author.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
11:25 am
Tickets On Sale At Library

POSTERS AND FLYERS are going up all over town to promote the comic murder mystery "A Gram of Greed, A Dash of Death," Saturday, May 31 at McAlester Public Library and the Masonic Temple. Assistant Librarian Kathy McGilberry says tickets are still available from Rite Care Clinic at 426-2300 or at the library, 402 North 2nd.
Friday, May 16th, 2008
3:19 pm
June Children's, Teen Calendars Available
Children's Librarian Anita Ross and Teen Librarian Sarah Brown have been busy planning activities for the summer reading program, and calendars are now available showing all the details. Patrons will find them available in a display near the front desk.

The theme for children's activities this year is "Catch the Reading Bug." And for young adults, the theme is "Metamorphosis @ Your Library."

Children's activities begin Monday, June 2 with "lunch bunch," and continue each weekday of the month with regular programs, story times and movies. The main programs each week are on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June programs include: "Tropical Illusions," "Monty Harper Music and Songs," Chris Wilkerson of the Science Museum and Magician Steve Crawford.

Young adult activities also begin Monday, June 2 with a 5:30 p.m. meeting of the recently-organized Manga Club. Other scheduled activities include Teen Movie Nights, Game Time, a mother-daughter Mary Kay Makeover night, for which registration is required, and a forensic science presentation. All young adult activities are for those in grades 6-12. Participants who register for the summer reading program will earn points toward special prizes when they attend certain programs, do book reviews or complete other fun activities.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
9:52 am
Who Will Survive 'A Gram of Greed, A Dash Of Death'?

THE CAST AND CREW of the comic murder mystery "A Gram of Greed, A Dash of Death" met for the first run-through Tuesday night at the Masonic Temple. Co-author Justin Horne, far left, listens as the cast discuss their characterizations. Those participating include: Bob Segal as Gason LeTourniquet; Stroud Holt as Charleston Q. Balfour; Krista Abernathy as Bootsie Velvoon; Tarrant King as Nestor Groat; Tedi Graham as Teeter Tomazelli; John Turnauckas as Valentino Santana; Justin Horne as Inspector Les Babble; Dorothy Turnauckas as Sergeant #1; Martha Barber as Sergeant #2; Maggie Barber as Sergeant #3; Laurie Cagle as Sergeant #4; Brian Engleman as Whip Tatum; Quentin Graham as Spago Botulley; and Christine Sauro as the Greeter. Mark and Ellen Barber are co-directors. Sharon McDaniel is co-author, with Horne. Kathy McGilberry is handling publicity. The Rite Care Clinic and Friends of the Library will benefit from ticket sales. To get tickets call the clinic at 426-2300 or come by the library at 401 North 2nd.
Monday, May 12th, 2008
11:34 am
Through The Display Case Glass

NEW TEEN LIBRARIAN Sarah Brown is currently sharing her collection of Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll memorabilia through a display set up in the lobby. The collection contains a tea set, cardboard cut-outs, a cookie jar, playing cards, figurines, books, tins and a music box.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
3:08 pm
Many May Activities At The Library
Activities are as varied as the flowers of May this month at the library. With the addition of a new teen librarian, Sarah Brown; the usual activities for young children; the conclusion of the spring "Let's Talk About It;" and the regular Saturday movie, there are plenty of things to do.

But much, much more is scheduled this month.

On Monday, May 5, a special display went up near the front desk, courtesy of Reference Librarian Christopher Elliott. It's all about germs and viruses and plagues and icky things. The theme was suggested by this month's featured movie in our Second Saturday Cinema.

The full slate of activities includes:

Thursday, May 8, 6-8 p.m.--The final "Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma" of the season. Scholar David Laney of Northeastern State University will present "Cozy" by Parnell Hall, the final book in a series starring sleuth Stanley Hastings. Lots of good refreshments will be served, and the public is urged to attend. There will also be a sneak preview of the fall theme and books.

Friday, May 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m.--In the Whiteacre Room East there will be video games on the library's new Wii System, projected onto the big screen. Lots of fun for grades 6-12 and free snacks too.

Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.--Second Saturday Cinema. Will Smith is the last man on earth, not counting mutants. You'll enjoy this remake of The Omega Man, and don't forget--free popcorn and a prize drawing after the movie.

May 12-17 is "Children's Book Week" and "Reading Is Fun Week." Check out a few books for your favorite child and make sure they know how incredibly cool reading is.

Tuesday, May 20, Noon--Friends of the Library meet for a Reader's Choice discussion of fun books, summer books, favorite books and notable books. Every kind but boring books.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.--Night Readers meet in the Conference Room to discuss Rohinton Mistry's "Family Matters." After the discussion, the group will decide their reading choices for July-December of this year.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.--A special program for adults, "The Gnostic Gospels and the Early Church," a presentation by author and speaker J. Michael Matkin. He is the author of two books; a recent transplant to McAlester from Bellingham, Washington; the father of two; and the husband of a McAlester native. If you want to learn more about the discoveries at Nag Hammadi, or Gnosticism in general, please attend. There will be a question-and-answer session following his presentation.

Friday, May 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m.--More Wii games in the Whiteacre East for kids in grades 6-12. Free snacks, a big screen, lots of fun!


Tuesday, May 27, 5:30 p.m.--Children's Librarian Anita Ross has lots of family fun planned for her third "Family Fun Night." The event, for families with young children, will feature a light supper.

And the big finale!

Saturday, May 31, 5:30 p.m.--"A Gram of Greed, a Dash of Death," the locally written-producted-directed-and-acted murder mystery starring many of your favorite Friends of the Library and community volunteers. Tickets are $50 and are well worth it! For that price you get: hors d'oeuvres at McAlester Public Library prepared by the Assistant Librarian and Quentin Graham (aka Spago Botulley); a tour of special, non-public, areas of the Masonic Temple; a fantastic steak dinner with all the extras, prepared by Brian Engleman (aka Whip Tatum); the opportunity to be deputized and solve a crime; and special prizes for the winning sleuths. This promises to be a night you'll never forget! All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library and the Rite Care Clinic, for children with communication difficulties.

To learn more about the event, or to purchase your tickets, call the Clinic at 426-2300, or come by the library. We'll be happy to tell you more about it!
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
4:26 pm
We Have A Winner!
A lucky patron named Brittany won the contest that began during National Library Week. She checked out Elizabeth Berg's "Say When," the most popular book at McAlester Public Library, as determined by total number of checkouts.

For her persistence in going through the list and checking out the books she thought the most likely possibilities, Brittany won a bag full of special prizes. Her winnings included: crossword books, puzzle books, a gift box filled with vanilla lotions and soaps, bookmarks, posters, candies, and other surprises. Congratulations, Brittany!
Monday, April 21st, 2008
9:59 am
No Winner, So Contest Continues
There was no winner in the National Library Week contest at McAlester Public Library, so the contest will continue until the most-popular book at the library is once again checked out.

To assist those trying to determine the most-popular book, there are flyers placed throughout the library with a list of 61 possibilities. For those who want to peruse the list online, here it is:

Echoes, Danielle Steel
Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell
Holes, Louis Sachar
Five Complete Novels, Barbara Cartland
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, Dave Barry
Betty Crocker Cookbook, Betty Crocker
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
Fire in Beulah, Rilla Askew
Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
A Million Little Pieces, James Frey
Chilton’s Auto Service Manual 2002, Kevin M.G. Maher
My Story, Marilyn Monroe
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, John R. Erickson
Holy Bible, Tyndale House Publishers
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
An Innocent Man, John Grisham
Goodnight, Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Andrew Weil
Encyclopedia of Home Designs, Jan Prideaux
Eragon, Christopher Paolini
Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule
Dragonquest, Anne McCaffrey
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
When Joy Came to Stay, Karen Kingsbury
Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed, Tim F.
LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The Meeting Place, Janette Oke
The Reckoning, Beverly Lewis
Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy, Marc Tolon Brown
Tracks, David Galef
Pooh’s Easter Egg Hunt, Isabel Gaines
Who Loves Me Best? Kirsten Hall
Danny and the Dinosaur, Syd Hoff
The Eye Book, Theo LeSieg
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember,
Theo LeSieg
Smokey, Bill Peet
Great Day for Up! Dr. Seuss
Say When, Elizabeth Berg
Send No Flowers, Sandra Brown
The Alibi, Sandra Brown
The Edge, Catherine Coulter
I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles,
Walter Wick
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy, Barbara Park
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
High Five, Janet Evanovich
The Brethren, John Grisham
The Killing Game, Iris Johansen
A New Song, Jan Karon
Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make
You Healthy for Life, Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis
Oklahoma Gardener’s Guide: The What, Where, and
Why of Landscape Gardening in Oklahoma, Steve Dobbs
Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Café Cookbook, Fannie Flagg
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
4:12 pm
Contest For National Library Week
What's the most popular book at McAlester Public Library? We've determined the most-circulated book on our shelves, and this week during National Library Week, we're inviting the public to try to figure it out too.

Library staff has compiled a list of top-circulating titles in fiction, nonfiction and children's literature. To that list we've added a number of red herrings. Lists are printed on flyers and posters throughout the library. The lucky patron who checks out the single most popular book anytime before Library Week ends April 19 will win a bag stuffed with books, puzzles, scents, bookmarks, doo-dads, candies and other surprises.

Communities across the country will celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers by offering special programs and services during the special week of April 13-19.

This year, National Library Week marks its 50th anniversary with the theme “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library®.” All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

This year’s National Library Week honorary chair is the beloved entertainer and author Julie Andrews, known for her roles in such classic movies as “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” and such books as Thanks to You—Wisdom from Mother and Child and The Great American Mousical. In her role as chair, Andrews has produced a series of television and radio Public Service Announcements for National Library Week, which are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/natlibraryweek/andrews.htm.

National Library Week events include the celebration of National Library Workers Day on April 15; Support Teen Literature Day on April 17, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA; Gaming@ your library, a series of special gaming programs and events, on April 18; and the release of the 2007 State of America’s Libraries (SAL) report on April 14. In addition to National Library Week, many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the ALA.

Launched in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. For more information on National Library Week, please visit the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at www.ala.org .
Friday, April 11th, 2008
4:53 pm
Friends Book Sale Starts Today
The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale begins today. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a special preview sale at St. John's gym, 318 E. Washington. There will be a $5 admission charge, and the pre-sale continues until 8 p.m.

Then Saturday morning at 8 a.m., the free admission sale begins. Friends will be on hand to sell books, audiobooks, music, puzzles, videos and other items. All proceeds go toward funding library projects and fixtures. The sale is set to end at 1 p.m.

A companion sale will also be ongoing across the street at All Saints Episcopal Church. Their sale will feature a coffee bar and baked goods.
Friday, April 4th, 2008
4:27 pm
Whirlwind Of April Events At Library
April started with a tornado warning here in McAlester, and the whirlwind theme just keeps spinning away with lots of events and celebrations. Patrons might want to look for a tornado-themed display near the front desk, courtesy of Reference Librarian Christopher Elliott.

The final sessions of free tax help wind up April 2, 7, 9 and 14. Volunteers from the American Assocation of Retired Persons have had their hands full with regular tax preparation, as well as serving many additional filers due to the stimulus package.

Anthony Smart has another month of free internet classes scheduled. Every Tuesday in the computer lab, beginners are welcome to learn more about how to navigate the World Wide Web. Classes start at 6 p.m. Call 426-0930 to pre-register.

Bodacious Bookies met April 3 to discuss "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. Janice Saaranen had a circus-themed event, with many other reading suggestions set in circuses. Popcorn and cotton candy served as refreshments. The Bookies meet the first Thursday of every month from 1-3 p.m. in the Conference Room. Their next book will be "Double Whammy" by Carl Hiaasen.

The Thin Man Movie Festival skips trippingly along, with 6 p.m. showings. Moviegoers watched a second feature on April 3, and on April 17 the next movie in the series will flicker across the big screen in the Whiteacre Room East.

The weekend of April 11-12 will be busy for the Friends of the Library. The annual book sale begins with an early-bird sale from 6-8 p.m. at St. John's Gym. Admission is $5. Then the next morning the doors open for a free-admission free-for-all, with wheeling and dealing from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Those who are not too worn out after the sale should come on down to the library for the regular showing of the Second Saturday Cinema. This month's movie stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. They're on ice skates and wearing spangles. There will be free popcorn and a prize drawing.

Friends of the Library meet at noon April 15, and also on that day, the Night Readers will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room to discuss Hal Borland's "When the Legends Die."

Children's Librarian Anita Ross has scheduled her second Family Fun Night for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in the Whiteacre Room West. There will be lots of fun for all members of the family.

Two "Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma" sessions are set this month. The first, on April 10, features a presentation by Dr. Alvin O. Turner, who will dissect Carl Hiaasen's "Native Tongue" for the group. Then on Thursday, April 24, Bill Hagen will help the group get a better understanding of Janet Evanovich's "One for the Money." Both sessions start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served at midpoint, and there are door prizes too.

National Library Week is April 13-19. Stop in the library often just to be sure you don't miss anything!
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