November  2013 

This month we are celebrating our 10th Annual Savannah Children's Book Festival. What started out as a small, one day event has blossomed and grown into one of the largest children's book festivals in the country. And we couldn't be more proud!  


The festival, held this year on Nov. 16 in Forsyth Park, attracts over 40,000 people to celebrate the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of  




Culminating with an exciting day in Forsyth Park, festival preparations began back in the spring with a poster contest, then a poetry contest in the fall, a new digital media contest, special story times, authors and illustrators visiting schools, and our popular TWIGS Title Tournament which is going on right now!  The festival itself offers an array of activities and the opportunity to meet national as well as local authors and illustrators.


What could be more amazing than watching a child's face light up while discovering a new book? Thousands of children celebrating reading! Come out and join us for a spectacular day in Forsyth Park!

Christian Kruse,
Library Director
Live Oak Public Libraries
10th Annual Savannah Children's Book Festival


The 10th Annual Savannah Children's Book Festival is set for Saturday, 

Nov. 16, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.


This free festival will also include 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. 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. View Program flyer and map.


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, check and follow the library on Twitter,  Instagram and Pinterest @liveoakplga and on Facebook as Live Oak Public Libraries.


Special Festival Storytimes



This month's festival storytimes feature books by Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the "Arthur" book series. Brown will headline the Savannah Children's Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Forsyth Park.


Thunderbolt Library, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.


Forest City Library, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.


Oglethorpe Mall Library, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m.


Port City Library, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m.


Bull Street Library, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.


West Broad Library, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.


W.W. Law Library, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.


Southwest Chatham Library, Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.


Don't Miss
@ Southwest Chatham Library, 912-925-8305
African American Genealogy Group

Thursday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

@ Hinesville Library, 912-368-4003
Art Journaling & Bookbinding

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.

To view individual branch calendars and a full list of current programs and events, log on to:
The New Midway-Riceboro Library Is Now Open
The new Midway-Riceboro branch in the new Liberty County Community Center is now open! 

At nearly 5,000 square feet, the new library is significantly larger than the previous building. What was once the media center in this former school is now the centerpiece for the redevelopment of a much needed community presence in the area.  


In addition to the library collection, we have added a computer lab with 13 computers, free Wi-Fi and a storytime room. There's also a great corner for children to curl up with a book, and chairs and tables made just for them.  


Adults will also find several tables for study, and comfy chairs to sink into and enjoy reading a book.  For more information, log on to:  


Library Foundation
As the holiday season approaches, we reflect on the happenings of this year and the things for which we are grateful. I encourage you to join me and express your gratitude through charitable giving on Georgia Gives Day, Wednesday, November 13, 2013. During this statewide day of giving, Georgians will give to their favorite causes online or by phone. 

Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation needs your gift to fund enhanced library services and programs that promote literacy, cultivate culture and enrich our community. Just visit our Georgia Gives Day profile, donate your gift, and

share how much you love your library with your family and friends. It's easy to give and to inspire others to donate to our cause.  


Your thoughtful and generous gift ensures lifelong learning right here in our community. We are so thankful for your continued support!





Dottie Lynch

President, Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation



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Annual Gala for Live Oak
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First Phone Call from Heaven
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Coastal Connection
Savannah Children's Book Festival

"The Day the Sock Circus Came to Town" by Nelson Elliot Gassman

We welcome this year's group of Coastal Writers and Illustrators  

to the 10th Annual  

Savannah Children's Book Festival.  


You will be able to meet the authors, buy their books, and have the books signed by the authors or illustrators in attendance. 


Download the festival program.
For a printable up-to-date list of the coastal writers and illustrators that will be at the festival, click here.

Young Writers
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2013 Young Writers Contest held in celebration of the 10th Annual Savannah  

Children's Book Festival


Grades K - 2
First Place
"A Mighty Volcano" by Laila Aziz,  

Grade 1, Home School


Second Place
"Loosing A Tooth" by Elijah Vaz,  

Grade 2, West Chatham  

Elementary School


Third Place
"Winter" by Duncan Hodges,  

Grade 2, Hesse K-8 School

Grades 3 - 5
First Place
"Kitty Plunge", by Ian Palfreyman,  

Grade 4, Charles Ellis  

Montessori Academy


Second Place
"Summer" by Danielle Rhodes,  

Grade 5, Savannah  

Christian Academy


Third Place
"Monsters of the Night" by

Kennedy Bass, Grade 5,  

Richmond Hill


Grades 6 - 8
First Place
"As I Write to You in My Diary" by Jamari Myers, Grade 8,  

DeRenne Middle School


Second Place
"Breeze" by Mary Aupperle,  

Grade 8, Home School


Third Place
"Winter" by Mar'Tesha Kennedy, Grade 8, Oglethorpe Charter School


Grade 9 - 12
First Place
"Jackie and the Beanstalk" by  

Logan McDonald, Grade 10,  

Home School


Second Place
"Bravery" by Ryan Cooper,  

Grade 11, Home School


Third Place
"Fall of 1963" by Clarence Mitchell,  

Grade 12,  

Robert W. Groves High School


Honorable Mention
"In the Peach Orchard" by  

Logan McDonald, Grade 10,  

Home School


First Place
"President of Persistence" by  

Lila Miller, SCAD Student


Second Place
"Imagination" by Alicia Wood,  

Grad Student, Hinesville, GA


Third Place
"Reading in Forsyth Park" by  

Ashley Price, Grad Student,  

Armstrong Atlantic State University

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