Live Oak Public Libraries
December  2013 

Our 10th annual Savannah Children's Book Festival has come and gone.  If you made it out to Forsyth Park on November 16, you weren't alone!  Over 40,000 people of all ages came out to celebrate the joy of reading and the magic of storytelling with us.  We were thrilled to see so many people excited about books and reading!  Children got to meet their favorite authors and illustrators; thousands of books were signed; and so many new memories and stories were created.  Our festival has grown over the years and now includes many activities throughout the year, culminating with our big day in the park. 


We don't have any staff specifically dedicated to the festival, but an enthusiastic staff committee works for a year and a half on each annual edition.  And on the day of the event, we are so fortunate to have hundreds of energetic volunteers who show up and ensure that the day runs smoothly. Some of our most devoted volunteers have paws!  Many thanks to the 12 certified therapy dogs who came to the event to be read to... it's hard work, but our puppies were up for the challenge.  Children loved dropping by to spend a few quiet moments reading to this very appreciative audience.  If you missed them, check out our ongoing Dog Days programs and come join us.  As for our human volunteers, words cannot appropriately express our thanks to them for doing everything from setting up to cleaning up and everything in-between. 


Events like the Savannah Children's Book Festival can't happen without our sponsors.  From the very beginning, the City of Savannah and its Department of Cultural Affairs have wholeheartedly supported the festival.  Gulfstream Aerospace has been a title sponsor from the beginning also. The Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation provides additional support and seeks funding from over a dozen other sponsors. Some stalwarts include Barnes & Noble, Clear Channel, Wells Fargo and the Hyatt Regency Savannah. This year we welcomed Bouhan Falligant as a new sponsor. Check our website for a complete listing of festival sponsors, vendors and Literacy Lane partners. It's a community-wide effort that allows us to offer the largest children's book festival in the country! 


And we are already planning for the 11th annual festival.  Put November 15, 2014, on your calendar now.  You'll want to be in Forsyth Park to join in the fun of the next Savannah Children's Book Festival!

Christian Kruse,
Library Director
Live Oak Public Libraries
Holiday Family Program

How the Grinch Stole the Polar Express


Enjoy a holiday balloon extravaganza with Lynnae Weller of Savannah Balloons. The Grinch tolerated Christmas in the past, but is now determined to ruin it for the whole world. He hatches a plan that involves The Polar Express, Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, all kinds of fun and hilarious mischief! All ages.

For a complete schedule and locations, click here.
Winter Reading Program

The Winter Reading Program is here!

Dec. 1- 31

Visit any Live Oak Public Libraries branch to pick up your Winter Reading Record or download one here.Read anything - comics, graphic novels, newspapers, e-books and, of course, library books. You can also participate by listening to stories read aloud or by listening to audiobooks. Yes, attending a library storytime counts too!  For every three hours of reading, you'll receive a special prize plus an entry form for a chance to win an iPad mini!

For details, call or visit any library branch or download the flyer.
Don't Miss

African American Genealogy Group
Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

The focus of this group, led by Carolyn Barnett, is genealogical research that is unique to the African American community. Research strategies, skills and findings are shared.


Gingerbread Fun

Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m.

Come enjoy time with your family and friends as you listen to gingerbread stories and decorate your own gingerbread cookies. All ages welcome.

Let's Talk About it: Muslim Journeys
 @ Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
Attend a Book Talk led by Armstrong Atlantic State University professor Dr. Yassaman Saadatmand featuring "House of Stone" by Tony Shadid.Click here for more information.

Storybook Art with Scribble Art Studios
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
Professional artists from Scribble Art Studio will lead this hands-on art program. The session will feature the book, "How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?" by Jane Yolen.

December Calendars
For more information on what's happening at your neighborhood library, log on to our website and download your branch's program calendar.
Library Foundation

Give Thanks for the Gift of Literacy     


Thank a family member, teacher or librarian who shared the joy of reading with you. Share the gift of literacy with others. This holiday season, donate to the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation. Your donation creates a more literate community. For information call Karen Franklin at (912) 652-3634.  





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Dec. 1 - Dec. 31 
Winter Reading Program

Tuesday, Dec. 24
All library branches will be closed
Wednesday, Dec. 25 
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Tuesday, Dec. 31
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Hooray for Hoopla!

Live Oak Public Libraries customers can now stream or download movies, television shows, and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through hoopla digital - all you need is your library card!

Hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it's easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There's also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, or audiobooks. And hoopla digital's automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

 For more information click here.

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has sessions available
3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

Live 'chat' help for Grades 1 through 12, College Students, Adult Education, or Career Assistance!



Use your computer, smartphone or tablet! If outside of a library branch, you'll need a library card.  

For more information, click here.
New @ Your Library


Gods of Guilt  

by Michael Connelly



by Dean Koontz


The New Countess     

by Fay Weldon



The Explorer Gene  

by Tom Cheshire


My Age of Anxiety     

by Scott Stossel


A Year of Miracles  

by Marianne Williamson  


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..." 

Learn A Language

December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month! Did you know Live Oak Public Libraries offers online courses in almost a dozen foreign languages? The Rocket Languages service also helps native Spanish and Japanese speakers learn English. Find out more by clicking here.
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