Live Oak Public Libraries
May  2013 

If an athlete doesn't stay in shape and practice during the summer months, he or she will have a hard time catching up in the fall. The same is true with a reader. What does this mean? 


Children need access to books during the summer.  Not just books,  but books they can read and that appeal to them.  Last week I visited a kindergarten class, and children crowded around me taking turns to read their little books to me.  


If your children are older, encourage them to choose their own books.  If your children are younger, help them select books to read to you or by themselves.  If your children cannot read yet, borrow books to read to them.  If you need some tips, ask a librarian. They are happy to help you.


Just like the athlete who becomes better by working out regularly, the child who reads and learns to listen carefully lays the groundwork to a better, more successful life as a student and a citizen.  Your child may even become a scholar or a student-athlete!


So enjoy reading with and listening to your loved ones and encourage them to participate in the free summer reading program at the library.





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Dr. Allen Berger, Chair
Board of Trustees
Live Oak Public Libraries
May Programs & Events
greenbookRuth and the Green Book

May 16 - 18 

Various Library Branches


Don't miss Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author of "Ruth and the Green Book". Ramsey's books shed light on the overlooked and often missing pages of African American history. Join him as he tells the story of Ruth, a young girl who takes a memorable car trip in the 1950's.
This is a historically-based tale about how African Americans used "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to safely travel the roads without facing persecution, prejudice and danger. For ages 4 and up. Click here for the full schedule. 
balloonsWhere The Wild Balloon Things Are

Through May 14 

Various Library Branches


Lynnae Weller presents an imaginative balloon art program featuring several popular children's books such as "Where the Wild Things Are", "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".


This program will be featured at ten Library branches. Click here for the full schedule.


Preservationist Ron Tanner

Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.  

Southwest Chatham Library



Preservationist and do-it-yourself hero Ron Tanner will discuss his  funny, heart-warming book, "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story". Combining romance with history and humor, Tanner tells the true story of  how he and his wife bought a condemned former frat house and restored it.


Tanner will sign his book following the program, and copies will be for sale from the Friends of the Library. Recommended for teens and adults.  


Rip Van WinkleThe Tale of Rip Van Winkle

May 14 - 18 

Various Library Branches


Mark your calendar for this new musical adventure performed by the Savannah Stage Co. and based on the famous short story by Washington Irving.


Click here to view the full list of library locations, dates and times.


For a full list of current and upcoming events and programs, log on to

Book Sale
Shop For Great Books!book sale
 @Southwest Chatham Library

Wednesday, May 22 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, May 24 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 25 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$1 per item except specialty items



This event is hosted by the Friends of the Library.
@ the Library
Common Thread: Hosting
Host "The Host"
 Selected by Catherine Baldwin, Librarian

From the bestselling author of the "Twilight" saga, "The Host" is an exciting science fiction novel for adults.


Even though this book is currently on the bestseller lists, it was originally published over four years ago. I'm not usually a fan of fiction, much less science fiction, so I was hesitant to read this book, and when I saw how long it is I was even more hesitant. However, I found "The Host" to be thought provoking and rich with complex and conflicting emotions. Against a science fiction backdrop, it is a story about family, friends, loyalty, trust, and learning to love one's enemy.

Earth has been invaded by stealthy, parasitic aliens who need host bodies in which to live. An alien named Wanderer has taken over Melanie's body and expects to be able to suppress Melanie's thoughts and memories to the point that Melanie will no longer exist. However, Melanie is strong so she fights back and refuses to give up. Wanderer soon finds herself caught up in Melanie's thoughts and feelings which leads the two to an unusual partnership.  ~ Catherine
"Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide To Hosting the Perfect Funeral"
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 "Being Dead Is No Excuse" is a lighthearted read, packed with advice, funny stories and recipes. It will help guide even the most detailed event planner through a traditional Southern funeral. Set in the Mississippi Delta, this book is as witty as it is unconventional and will make you laugh out loud! It's full of great recipes too! 
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.
Library Foundation
cardFor the mom who has everything, or simply loves reading, here are a couple of  ways to show her your appreciation while supporting the library...
Purchase a "leaf" to be installed on the Giving Tree at Southwest Chatham Library. It's a wonderful gift that will touch many lives in our community.  Download the form here.


Or, adopt a book in mom's honor or memory.  With your donation of $25, the library will buy a book and include a book plate. Learn more here.


Happy reading and Happy Mother's Day!


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Christy Divine
Marketing / Development Director
Foundation Manager


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Did You Know...
Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jim Innes, Live Oak Public Libraries Volunteer of the Year, left, pictured with Library Director, Christian Kruse. Jim was recognized, along with dozens of other amazing volunteers at our volunteer luncheon in April.


Teen Volunteer 

Congratulations to our Teen Volunteer of the Year, Savannah Arts Academy student Jackie Atchison
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Library Nominee
Congratulations to Dr. Allen Berger, nominated for United Way's Volunteer of the Year award. Dr. Berger is pictured above, center.
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Library Nominees
Congratulations to the ladies of the Wilmington Island Garden Club on their nomination for United Way's Volunteer Group of the Year award.
Thank you to all the volunteers who recently
helped plant flowers in
front of the libraries!
1st Place
Elementary School
  View all winning entries on our website. 
Savannah Children's Book Festival will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at
Forsyth Park.
Zinio Multi Device 
Digital Magazines

Zinio, Live Oak Public Libraries' digital magazine reader, allows you to download popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device! More than 

200 magazines are now available! To find out how you can start using Zinio

with your library card,


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