Live Oak Public Libraries
October  2013 

Fall is a fantastic time of year to get busy with home improvement projects.  And the library has some great books and how-to DVDs to get you started! 

Here at the Library, we're really excited about some of our projects.  Our new Midway-Riceboro Library will be opening on October 21. It will have a computer lab, storytime room, study tables and so much more!  Check out our website for details on the new increased hours.  Not to be outdone, plans are almost complete for a new Hinesville library.  Construction on it should start in early 2014.  


Late last month, construction began on our new Garden City Library.  This long-awaited library will be located in the Garden City Town Center.  Our new Islands library will get underway on Whitemarsh Island in early November.  These two projects will have identical floor plans and they will be opening in late summer / early fall 2014.   


All of these projects were funded through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) as was our wildly popular Southwest Chatham Library and the renovation and addition to the Bull Street Library.  Chatham County has included a replacement for our Oglethorpe Mall Library on the list of projects in its upcoming SPLOST referendum.  Check our website for more information on this project.


Building on our past successes, we're looking forward to a bright and busy Fall!

Christian Kruse,
Library Director
Live Oak Public Libraries
Special Series Launches

Live Oak Public Libraries is pleased to announce an ongoing series of programs presented in partnership with the Georgia Historical Society (GHS). Throughout the year, the two iconic organizations will join forces to present a series of scholarly conversations with respected authors of significant new books on topics of historical interest. Occurring in various venues in the community, GHS senior historian Stan Deaton will serve as the host for these conversations. The books of the featured presenters will be available for purchase and the authors will sign their work.


Jefferson and Hamilton: A Conversation with John Ferling  

First Baptist Church, 232 Bull St., Savannah 

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Georgia Historical Society  and Live Oak Public Libraries present a conversation with Dr. John Ferling, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of West Georgia, and leading authority on the American Revolution.

Dr. Ferling is the author
of many books, including "John Adams," "Independence," and "The Ascent of George Washington." GHS Senior Historian Dr. Stan Deaton will engage Dr. Ferling on such topics as his new book on Jefferson and Hamilton, the historian's craft, and the role of the Founding Fathers in our modern society.

Family Reading Parties

Families are invited to Celebrate National Book Month  

at their favorite library branch. Activities include storytelling, games and crafts. In addition, participants will receive a "swag bag" full of goodies to take home. All ages.


Hinesville Library, 368-4003  

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m.   


Oglethorpe Mall Library,  925-5432

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.   


Pooler Library,  748-0471

Monday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. 


Bull Street Library,  652-3630

Monday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.   


Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305  

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.   


Islands Library,  897-6233

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.   


Rincon Library, 826-2222 
Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.
Don't Miss

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys - Book Talk

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.


Storybook Art with Scribble Art Studio
Featuring Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters: a Lullaby by Jane Yolen.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.




Library Foundation
The Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation held its annual meeting on Sept. 24 at the Southwest Chatham Library. The board of directors elected new officers: Dottie Lynch, president; Brad Harmon, vice president; Lester B. Johnson, III, treasurer; and Janet B. Wilson, secretary. The board welcomed two new directors to the board: Sarah McCord of Midway and Joyce M. Roch� of Savannah.


John Tuggle, the library's assistant director of public services, made a presentation on, the powerful online resource funded by the foundation's Read! Succeed! Homework Help initiative.


Susannah Rogers Pedigo presents a gift check to Dottie Lynch
The overview was followed by a check presentation by Bouhan Falligant attorney Susannah Rogers Pedigo to board president Dottie Lynch. The gift of $5,000 will  benefit this year's Savannah Children's Book Festival and the library's children's literacy programs. "Bouhan Falligant is proud to be a community partner with Live Oak Public Libraries for the Savannah Children's Book Festival this year," Susannah Rogers Pedigo said. "We care about the community in which we work and live. And as a mother of young children, I personally appreciate the impact of this festival. Live Oak Public Libraries has provided outstanding opportunities to thousands of children, bringing together successful and committed children's book authors that inspire today's youth and providing excellent resources and tools to nurture the curiosity of children."


In other major gift news, the foundation has received an $8,000 award from the Anderson Family Foundation in support of the library's Reading and Music program, another READ! SUCCEED! program to increase literacy in our community. This is the second gift from the Anderson Family Foundation in support of library programs.


If you are interested in learning more about the READ! SUCCEED! programs and how you can help, please contact me at 912.652.3605 or


We are so appreciative to Bouhan Falligant and the Anderson Family Foundation for their generous support. Our fiscal year ended on June 30 and we thank everyone who made a contribution in support of our public library system and an educated and informed community.   




Christy Divine  

Marketing & Development Director/ Foundation Manager

Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation   


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Reading Buddies

State Senator Buddy Carter at West Chatham Elementary School earlier this week.

Library Director Christian Kruse (right), shown with State Senator Buddy Carter who read a
"Pete the Cat" title with ardent participation from the pre-K students at West Chatham Elementary as part of Georgia Pre-K Awareness week.

New @ Your Library

Just One Evil Act  

by Elizabeth George


The Signature of All Things   

by Elizabeth Gilbert


Dark Witch   

by Nora Roberts


Christmas Bliss   

by Mary Kay Andrews




by Daniel Coleman


The Death of Santini   

by Pat Conroy


Camelot's Court   

by Robert Dallek 


The Art of Simple Food   

by Alice Waters


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..." 

Featured Author

Savannah Children's Book Festival

Bestselling author and illustrator  

Nick Bruel will be one of the  

featured guests at this year's Savannah Children's Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Forsyth Park.    


His books include "Bad Kitty," "Bad Kitty Gets a Bath," "Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty," and "Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray". A former bookseller, Nick used his quirky sense of humor and cartooning skills to get out from behind the bookstore counter and onto the shelves. 
Nick claims that if he were to be compared to any of his characters, he would definitely be "Strange Kitty" from "Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty". According to Nick, "I was definitely the cat who would go to a birthday party and spend the entire time sitting in the corner reading comic books, rather than participate in all the pussycat games." Nick lives with his wife Carina, daughter Isabel, and cat Esmerelda in Tarrytown, NY. During his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard.
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