Live Oak Public Libraries
April 2014

After a slow start, Spring has taken root across our area. With the weather warming up, it's time to think about outdoor activities. If you're looking for something different to do in the garden, we've got you covered with hundreds of books to browse for great ideas.  Perhaps you want to create a garden to attract birds; we've got books for that. Or maybe you want to design a kitchen garden to complement your cooking; we've got books for that. Or maybe you want to plant a fragrant garden; we've got books for that. Come by and be amazed by all you can do in the space you have!


April is also a time for us to celebrate the dedication of our volunteers.  April 6-13 is National Volunteer Week and we certainly couldn't offer all the services that we do without the generous support of our volunteers. Every year, thousands of volunteer hours are given to Live Oak Public Libraries by devoted and talented community members. To each of them, I say thank you, thank you, thank you! We are delighted that you have chosen us as an organization to support with your time. If you're thinking of doing some volunteer work in the near future, please consider us. We will add more volunteer opportunities to our website over the coming months so check back to see if there's something that interests you.


And finally, April 13-19 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate all things library!  If you haven't visited your public library recently, it's a great time to drop by and see what's new. Better yet, bring a friend who may never have visited before and really celebrate all the wonders that can be found on our shelves and on our computers!


Until next month, happy reading!




Christian Kruse
Library Director
Live Oak Public Libraries
Savannah Children's Book Festival
Poster Contest
Deadline is Thursday, April 24, 2014

Design a poster for the Savannah Children's Book Festival! The annual festival celebrates the power of children's books with storytelling, children's book authors, costumed characters and other fun activities. The 2014 Savannah Children's Book Festival is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2014, at Forsyth Park.  Details

Adult Class
Bring Your Own Tech: Adult Class

BYOT! Learn how to access electronic resources from the library on your mobile devices. Bring your library card, your device(s) and any related cords or cables. April 2 - 28 at various branches. For a complete schedule visit our website


Don't Miss
Family Reading Parties
Various Library Branches
April 7 - 22

Celebrate National Library Week with family and friends at a reading party featuring stories, games, crafts and library goody bags.
For all ages. More details.

Wright Clarkson, Storyteller & Musician

Various Library Branches 

April 15 - 17


Get ready for Earth Day with this special "Reduce, Reuse,  Recycle!" program. StoryGuy Wright Clarkson combines musical instruments and costumes with his knowledge of cultures, traditions, myths and legends to lead his listeners to new worlds. He has taken a family heritage and infused it with an energy that makes each performance a magical experience that will spark a child's imagination and fuel a youngster's desire to learn. For ages 3 and older. 

Garden Parties

Celebrate spring with crafts,  

cookie decorating and  

seed planting.  


 Hinesville Library
Friday, April 18, 3 p.m.


Midway-Riceboro Library
Tuesday, April 22, 3 p.m.

Earth Day
In this program for ages 5 and older, children will create a one-of-a-kind piece of art by recycling leftover craft materials.

 Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305
Tuesday, April 22, 5 p.m.

 Oglethorpe Mall Library, 925-5432
Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Open Mic Party

Share your favorite poem or your own creation open mic style.

 W.W. Law Library, 236-8040 

 Wednesday, April 16, 3:30 p.m.


 Wednesday, April 23, 3:30 p.m.



AARP Free Tax Assistance
Provided free to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis by volunteers from the AARP Foundation. Details


April Calendars
For more information on what's happening at your
neighborhood library, go to our website and download
your branch's event calendar.
Friends of the Library

We're always looking for new Friends!  Beyond our regular meetings, we celebrate reading and the library through a variety of outreach events.   


This month, we're excited to be part of Gnomecon (April 11-13), Earth Day (April 19) and our very popular used book sale (April 23-27).  If you would like to come out and lend a hand at any of these events or are interested in more information, please call 925-7774.


And don't forget, our next meeting is April 8 at 5:30 pm at the Southwest Chatham Library near Savannah Mall.  Come join us!




Janet Langford, President

Friends of Live Oak Public Libraries


Library Foundation

Carnegie Turns 100!


Our beloved Carnegie Library on Henry Street turns 100 this summer! We will commemorate this milestone with special programming in August to remember our past, celebrate our present and plan for an exciting future.


The Carnegie Librar y was founded by a group of prominent black citizens who understood the importance of library services for all citizens.  The members of this visionary group contributed both the initial funding and books from their own collections. The group then pursued and won an award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for the construction of a new library building which opened in 1914. Segregated library services ended in 1963 and the Carnegie Library joined the other branches of Live Oak Public Libraries. It remained in continuous use until 1997 when it was closed because of poor and unsafe conditions. After a capital campaign and investment by the public and private sectors, the Carnegie Library re-opened on August 21, 2004.


With your help, we will celebrate this iconic building with an historic marker and an endowment for maintenance of this culturally significant architectural jewel. If you are interested in helping support this effort, please contact me at 912.652.3605 or


We also seek your reminiscences about growing up at the Carnegie. Share a special Carnegie memory or donate your Carnegie memorabilia. Learning from our past is integral to our future.


Look for more information about special birthday programs at the Carnegie Library in upcoming issues of this newsletter.




Christy Divine

Marketing & Development Director

Foundation Manager

Live Oak Public Libraries 




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April 6 - 12

National Volunteer Week


April 13 - 19   

National Library Week 


April 20  

Easter Sunday:

All Libraries Closed 


Used Book Sale
Starts April 23, 2014

Presented by the
Friends of the Library, this huge book sale benefits
the 18 branches of
Live Oak Public Libraries.

All items are $1 except for specialty items
(such as coffee table books).

Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305

More details.
book sale

New Books

Dirty Daddy  

by Bob Saget

John Wayne  

by Scott Eyman


Under Magnolia  

by Frances Mayes


Frog Music  

by Emma Donoghue

The Collector
by Nora Roberts


Savage Planer  

by Stephen Coonts


  For a complete list, go to our

home page and scroll  

down the right side. Use the  

drop-down menu titled:  

"New in the collections..." 

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Volunteers Needed
Live Oak Public Libraries is looking for dedicated adult volunteers on an ongoing basis. Library volunteers help with a variety of projects at the 18 library branches in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Examples of volunteer duties include preparing crafts for children's programs, digitizing vital statistics and genealogical records, and setting up for book sales.

For more information, contact the library's Human Resources Department at 652-3661 or email

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