Live Oak Public Libraries
March 2014

Last month, groundhogs must have seen their shadows as our winter weather has continued into early March!  But with the official start of Spring only a few weeks away, enjoy the last few cold days to curl up with some great winter reading. 


If writing is more your style, encourage children you may know to enter our writing contest, co-sponsored with Leopold's Ice Cream.  This year, the writing contest is inspired by the unique squares of Savannah.  See below for more details. 


Also this month, we're delighted to continue our partnership with Georgia Historical Society to present a conversation with Dr. Erskine Clarke, author of By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth -Century Atlantic Odyssey. Dr. Clarke will talk about his fascinating new book that chronicles the life of an aristocratic young couple from Savannah and South Carolina who sailed from New York and began a strange seventeen year odyssey in West Africa.    


Another partnership that we are pleased to continue is to offer free tax assistance from AARP.  Volunteers from AARP will be in several of our buildings through April 15 to help fill out tax forms.  For complete details, click here.


Don't forget to check out our calendars for all the other events going on this month!


Christian Kruse
Library Director
Live Oak Public Libraries
GHS Special Lecture Series

By the Rivers of Water:

A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey
Independent Presbyterian Church
207 Bull Street, Savannah
Thurs. March 13, 6 p.m.

Georgia Historical Society and Live Oak Public Libraries present

"By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey,"by Dr. Erskine Clarke.


Join us as author and historian Erskine Clarke discusses his new book, a Lowcountry story about the power of place and culture and its impact on human nature.


This program is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow. Details.   


Creative Writing Challenge
Celebrate Savannah's Beautiful Squares
Entry Deadline: Thurs., April 3, 2014

Leopold's Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries present the 4th Annual Creative Writing Challenge. Kindergarten - High School

This year it's a Poetry Contest in celebration of Savannah's beautiful squares using any combination of at least five of the words on the vocabulary list. Download the flyer.
Don't Miss
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305
Tues., March 11, 6 p.m.

This book discussion, led by Armstrong Atlantic State University professor Dr. Yassaman Saadatmand, will feature "Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood" by Fatima Mernissi.

ReferenceUSA Class

Class participants will learn how to use the library's ReferenceUSA tools in their job search. Topics include researching careers you enjoy, building your information for a job search, networking and finding job opportunities, and negotiating salary and benefits. Download the flyer


 Carnegie Library, 231-9921
Mon., March 10, 11 a.m.


 Hinesville Library, 368-4003
Tues., March 11, 4:30 p.m.

Read Across America!
Various locations through March 11

As "The Cat in the Hat," Reuben Haller (a musician, clown and former Cirque du Soleil performer) brings this classic book to life.  Ages 3 & up. Details.

Spring Seeding
Hinesville Library, 368-4003
Thurs., March 20, 6 p.m.

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the first day of Spring by planting seedlings and discussing gardening tips and tricks. (Adult program)

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


March 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
Don't forget the next  
Friends of the Library meeting is Mon., March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the
Bull Street Library. 
All are welcome!

Visit our website for details.
Library Foundation

Thank you to the many supporters who came out to enjoy our 14th annual LOPL Foundation gala on Saturday evening, March 1, at  Southwest Chatham Library. Thank you also to folks who could not attend this year, but who sent a generous gift in support of the event and the foundation's mission to provide assistance to the library.


Our Carnival Around the World theme was expressed in colorful costumes, beads, and masks. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction on the first floor, then moved upstairs for a buffet dinner by Cape Creations and a live auction conducted by WTOC's Mike Manhatton. The evening finished with a delicious dessert trifecta - Cajun Cake, King Cake and Venetian Tiramisu! To see more images from the gala, visit the Library's Flickr page:  


Our annual gala fundraiser helps us support enhanced library programming and services. Funded through our READ! SUCCEED! initiative, they include the following: Early Literacy; Family Literacy; Homework Help ( online tutoring); Reading and Music; Reading and Theater; Summer Reading Program; Teens+; and Winter Reading Program. The foundation also provides support to the library's annual Savannah Children's Book Festival held each November in Forsyth Park and the library's communications budget.  


If you attended this year's gala, we hope you had as good a time being there as we had bringing it to you. It was a very special evening for an important cause. Literacy is the solution to so many of the problems in our community.


Please mark your calendar now to join us for next year's gala on Saturday, March 7.  


With gratitude for your support, 


 Dottie  and Rosaleen


Dottie Lynch, President

Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation   


Rosaleen Reagan Roxburgh   

Gala Chair  




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Thurs., March 13
GA Historical Society
Special Lecture Series

Mon., March 17

St. Patrick's Day   
Ola Wyeth Library will be closed.
Enjoy holiday-themed activities at various branches prior to St. Patrick's Day. Details.

Homework Help

Free tutoring!


Live homework help from
certified tutors.


Grades 1-12, College, Adult Education, Career Assistance  


Sessions daily

3 to 10 p.m.





New Books

Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell



by Arianna Huffington


You Must   

Remember This 

by Robert Wagner



The Accident  

by Chris Pavone


The Bootlegger 

by Clive Cussler


Missing You   

by Harlan Coben  


  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..." 

Classes & Groups
Computer Classes
Classes on various software programs, the Internet, social media, and other related topics available at various branches. Details

Paths to Home Ownership: Turn Your Dream Into Reality

 Southwest Chatham Library 

Tues., March 25, 2 p.m.  

(part  I) 

Thurs., March 27, 2 p.m.  

(part II) 


To learn more about buying a home, attend this free homebuyer education workshop series. Part One will cover setting goals for home ownership, evaluating your credit and developing a budget. Part Two will cover savings for home ownership, housing options, and shopping for a home. Registration is required by calling the UGA Cooperative Chatham County Extension Office at 652-7981.

For a complete list of classes offered this month visit our website.

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