Live Oak Public Libraries
July 2013 

Recently the library lost one of its most ardent supporters, alice
Mrs. Alice Bennett. 

Alice lived a full and vibrant life, giving freely of her time and talents to many local charities.  She had a soft spot for libraries which was very fortunate for us.  In addition to being an active and vocal board member on our Effingham County and regional boards, Alice was instrumental in securing construction funds for the libraries in Rincon and Springfield. 

Her enthusiasm for our library system was infectious and you couldn't help but be drawn in when Alice began to talk about the importance of our libraries as community assets.  As her family and friends can attest, it was very hard to say no to Alice!  Yet at the same time, saying yes guaranteed that you would be part of a rewarding, fun project, as life was an adventure for this kind lady.
She embraced it with gusto.

Our condolences to her family and our thanks to them for sharing such an outstanding lady with us and our community.  We are all better for knowing her and having our lives enriched by her.
Christian Kruse, Library Director
Live Oak Public Libraries
Stars & Stripes
"George Washington as Military Commander"
Special Lecture & Discussion
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
Southwest Chatham Library
Speaker: Dr. Jay Menzoff, historian, educator and U.S. Army Veteran, will discuss George Washington's effective yet often unappreciated military leadership.


"Betsy Ross and the Making of America"
by Marla R. Miller
Betsy Ross
A richly woven biography of the beloved patriot Betsy Ross, and an enthralling portrait of everyday life in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia.  Marla R. Miller's authoritative work provides a close look at the famous seamstress while shedding new light on the lives of the artisan families of the time. Betsy Ross occupies a sacred place in the American consciousness, and Miller's winning narrative finally does her justice.

"John, Paul, George & Ben" 
by Lane Smith jpgb

As young lads, America's Founding Fathers were always getting into trouble: John's handwriting was too big, Paul's ear-splitting bell ringing made him talk too loudly, George was too honest for his own good, and Ben was always talking in proverbs. Readers young and old will love this version of historical icons. 
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bad monkey
"Bad Monkey" 
by Carl Hiaasen 
Nothing better than a Carl Hiaasen summer fix! 

His latest Florida fun-filled thriller is rich with wonderfully psychotic, sun-drenched characters, who start the motor boat ride at full speed and even a "bad monkey" can't stop it!

Recommended by 

Shirley Sessions

Director, HandsOn Savannah

United Way of the Coastal Empire, Inc.

and Trustee, Live Oak Public Libraries


"Sock Monkey Rides Again"
by Cece Bell  
Yee-haw! Sock Monkey lassoes a part in a singing cowboy movie, in "Sock Monkey Rides Again." 
Now he'll get to yodel, ride a horse, lasso a cow, and -- yikes! -- kiss the leading lady. It's the role of a lifetime, so the woolen thespian corrals all his friends to help him prepare. In a brilliant performance of (inadvertent) bravery in the face of panic, Sock Monkey is back -- to do his fans proud.  
Check out a book lately that you loved? Email your book "pick" to for a chance to be featured in one of our newsletters. No more than 200 words please.
Clowning Around
Don't Miss Reuben Haller as Ruby the Clown
July 8 - July 16Ruby  
Ruby the Clown (Reuben Haller) will share magic, music, and mirth as he digs into reading with his favorite books about summer activities.
As Ruby the Clown, Reuben has performed with the Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil. He has also performed as The Cat in the Hat and Fiddlin' Dan the Mountain Man at Live Oak Public Libraries for six years. All ages welcome.
For a complete list of more summer reading programs and events,
log on to: 
"10 Clowns Don't Make A Circus
- and 249 other critical management success strategies"
by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishmanclowns


There is no one rule for business success, no one principle that can help those in business meet every challenge. The realities of business are just too complex. However, there are lots of little rules that can guide and assist managers and business owners along the way - and that's what this book is all about. A collection of management truths collected from the authors' business dealings with top names in sports, business, and politics. 
Library Foundation
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Want to read the latest bestseller? Get it at the library. Need to update your resume? You can do that at the library too. Want to take the children to storytime? Check the schedule at your library branch. Need access to the internet? The library has that for you too. And of course, all of these and many other services are free. It is your library and it's here to serve you.  


We tend to take these free services for granted, but must remember that many people live in areas of the world where libraries are not free. Even more important than free is our freedom. In America, our Constitution guarantees us freedom of speech. Our library collections cannot be censored by the government, another thing we take for granted.


But freedom must be protected. In Savannah, we see constant reminders of those dedicated to that task when we see the fine men and women from Hunter AAF and Ft. Stewart out in the community. They and their families are frequent library users too, especially at the Southwest Chatham library and the Hinesville library.


When I see these brave men and women, I feel a special empathy with them. Years ago, in a now almost forgotten war in Korea, I spent 15 months in combat as an Infantry Officer. It wasn't very much fun at the time, but I made lots of good friends and my service made me aware of what it takes to protect those freedoms we all sometimes take for granted.


The unit I was with in Korea was the Third Infantry Division. We refer to it today as the 3rd ID, headquartered right here in our backyard. So when I see a soldier, I look for the diagonal blue and white striped shoulder patch identifying him or her as a 3rd ID member. On this 4th of July I give thanks for their sacrifice and their protection, including the freedom we have to enjoy free and unfettered access to information.



Thank you for supporting your public library.

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Jack Kaster, Board Member
Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation

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The 10th Annual Savannah

Children's Book Festival is set  

for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at  

Forsyth Park in Savannah.


The festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with children's book authors and illustrators from around the country.


Dozens of authors and illustrators from throughout the Low Country and Southeast region, arts and crafts, an International Tent, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment will also be offered during this free festival. In addition, a book walk will be staged among the trees so families may enjoy a story together reading from one page to the next throughout the park. 

The festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah. Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace. 

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call (912 )652-3600. For updates, keep checking and follow Live Oak Public Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The 2013 featured authors and illustrators are:


Robin Bridges, author of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults, including "The Gathering Storm"


Marc Brown, winner of six Emmy Awards for the "Arthur" PBS TV series based on his books


Peter Brown, author and illustrator of "Children Make Terrible Pets" and illustrator of  "Creepy Carrots"


Nick Bruel, author and illustrator of the "Bad Kitty" book series


Nina Crews, author and illustrator of "One Hot Summer Day" and "The Neighborhood Sing-Along"


Christopher Paul Curtis, author of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963," and "Bud, Not Buddy"


John R. Erickson, a cowboy and author best known for his classic children's series, "Hank the Cowdog"


Denise Fleming, author and illustrator of "In the Tall, Tall Grass" and "In the Small, Small Pond"


Tad Hills, author and illustrator of "Rocket Writes a Story," "How Rocket Learned to Read" and "Duck & Goose"


Brian Lies, illustrator of "Bats at the Beach," "Bats at the Ballgame" and "Finklehopper Frog"


Kate & Jim McMullen, author and illustrator (respectively) of the picture books "I Stink," narrated by a garbage truck, and "I'm Mighty," about a tugboat


Rachel Renee Russell, author of

the "Dork Diaries" book series


Don Tate, illustrator of "Hope's Gift," "Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite" and (in Aug. 2013) "The Cart That Carried Martin"

Show us what you are reading this summer! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @liveoakpl and tag us in your Summer Reading photos.

Reader recommendation pictured:
"Escape from Camp 14"
by Blaine Harden  
New Books for July
calm read 


by Catherine Coulter

"Death Angel"

by Linda Fairstein

"The English Girl"

by Daniel Silva

"First Sight"

by Danielle Steel

"The Ghosts of Bungo Suido"

by P.T. Deutermann

"Hidden Order"

by Brad Thor

"The Highway"

by C. J. Box

"Hunting Eve"

by Iris Johansen

"The Lemon Orchard"

by Luanne Rice

"The Light in the Ruins"

by Chris Bohjalian

"Light of the World"

by James Lee Burke

"True Love"

by Jude Deveraux


by Karin Slaughter

"The White Princess"

by Philippa Gregory

"Ava Gardner : the Secret Conversations"
by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner

"Circle of Friends"

by Charles Gasparino

"I Wear the Black Hat"

by Chuck Klosterman

"The Longest Road"

by Philip Caputo

"Lost Girls"

by Robert Kolker

"Love Him or Leave Him"

by Loni Love

"Rose Kennedy"

by Barbara A. Perry

"Self-inflicted Wounds"

by Aisha Tyler

"Shirley Jones : a Memoir"

by Shirley Jones

"Thinking in Numbers"

by Daniel Tammet

"This Town"

by Mark Leibovich

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