Thursday, June 7, 2018

Reading Takes You Everywhere


Russell County Public Library invites you to the 2018 Summer Reading Program.
Reading Takes You Everywhere!
Why is participating in summer reading programs important?
Research from Dominican University confirms that “children who do not read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall.”

Russell County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program helps to bridge the gap by providing interesting, learning activities for all ages.
You, too, can help bridge the gap by integrating math and reading into your family’s daily schedule. Use those math skills when you bake a cake. Read about the places you are visiting. Take walks and learn about the animals you see.

Encourage critical thinking in your children by asking them questions about what they have read.
Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine suggests engaging your child in conversation about what they are reading by asking some of the following questions:
“If you could be friends with any character in the book, who would it be and why?
What was the most exciting part of the book?
What surprised you most about the story? Why was it surprising?
Is there anything in this story that is similar to something that has happened in your life? What was it and how is it similar?
What would you do in a situation similar to that faced by a character in the story?
What part of the story made you think it would end the way it did?
How would you change the book's ending if you could re-write it?”
 
Dominican University’s data has revealed that “Children who participate in Summer Reading Programs and read a minimum of six books over the summer score higher in reading and math when they return to school.”
Through fun crafts, reader’s theater, and other activities Russell County Public Library strives to keep our children engaged and learning throughout the summer.

Sign on to take a six week journey with us!

Everywhere!
to the Moon,
to the Stars and Beyond,
to Marvelous Places,
to Still Quiet Places
to the Great Outdoors.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Great American Read



Your favorite novel of all time is …?

Last night, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the country’s 100 favorite novels in a two-hour celebration of reading, hosted by Meredith Vieira. PBS is hosting this celebration entitled The Great American Read. They are searching for the best-loved novel in America. Best of all, you get to vote. EVERY DAY.

That’s right, you get to vote and decide and what is America’s Best-Loved Book.

In the two hour celebration, celebrities, authors, and book lovers reveal the novels that have affected their lives. It’s fascinating to hear your favorite authors share their favorite books…and encourage you to vote for a book that’s not theirs! If you missed the kick-off, you can watch it online--at your public library. There will be five additional episodes and a finale in October. 

Take the quiz to find out how many books you have read.
Charlotte's Web? Check
The Hunger Games? Check 
Fifty Shades of Gray?  Nope
Stephen King's The Stand ? Nope.

Read at least one new book this summer whether it's a classic or a recent favorite. Don't think you have time? Listen to the audiobook.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Libraries Lead

Where does the Library lead you? 
National Library Week: Libraries Lead

Comment here or on our Facebook page. If we have led you somewhere, or to something, let us know.

We want to hear what you have to say because "Libraries Lead" is the theme of National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018. We want to be an integral part of our community.

Are we leading? Or are we following?

In an effort to lead you back to the library, we are offering to let patrons work off their fines. We want you to use your local library and we don't want fines to be an impediment!
During the month of April, you can come by the library and read off your fines ($1 per hour spent reading in the library) or you can check out and return books ($1 per book.)

Why this elaborate plan? It takes several weeks and some practice to develop a new habit. We want that habit to be visiting your public library.

Whatever entertains you--music, film, magazines, books--we can probably find it at your library.

Learn something new...learn to play chess on the first Saturday in Lebanon or learn to crochet every Thursday (Lebanon) or Friday (Honaker.)

Or just have fun with science! Mad Science for Adults (and youth) will blasting rockets and creating explosions April 9, 3-5 p.m., at Honaker and April 10, 5-7 p.m., at Lebanon. 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Writing Our History

Women are half of the population; but if you read history, you hear mostly about the men who led society for years. The women were always there, but in the shadows. Come March, we encourage you to shine a light on women, specifically a Russell County woman.

In honor of Women's History Month, this March Russell County Public Library will again sponsor our Women's History Essay Contest. The purpose of the contest is to highlight women in Russell County history and to suggest women who might have a place in the Russell County Women's Hall of Fame.

The contest deadline is March 15 and the word limit is 500, so you must be brief and to the point. Click here for additional guidelines.  A panel of independent judges reads the essays and their decisions are final.

Join us at the Lebanon Library on March 29 at 5 pm for our Women's History Celebration. We will honor the winning authors and induct any nominees to the Hall of Fame.

March is only a few weeks away, so start thinking and making notes now. Create our history one word--and one woman--at a time.

Contributed by Kelly McBride Delph

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Holiday Closures?

From October through February, holidays abound. Can you imagine having to work every day of the year? For much of the history of the USA, people did work virtually every day. If you grow your own food and keep livestock, you don't get a day off. The cow still wants milking and the chickens still need to be fed. Work might be the bare minimum (the cow and the chickens) on Sundays even if there wasn't a church nearby.

The first holidays designated by Congress were declared in 1870--New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day--only for federal workers in the District of Columbia.  (They were later applied to all federal government employees.)

Why were all the government offices closed on Friday BEFORE Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Have you ever wondered how we got these holidays? What determines a 'federal' or state holiday? Most federal holidays followed the precedent of the states. A federal holiday was proposed after most of the states were celebrating a holiday. And a federal holiday only applies to federal government employees. But state and local governments try to keep a common schedule.

The holidays celebrate important events in our history (Independence Day, aka the 4th of July) or honor people--individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or collectively, laborers on Labor Day. Some of the holidays have evolved and changed their names as we 'accumulate' more history.  Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day, when those who died in the Civil War were honored by tributes decorating their graves and monuments. After a few more conflicts, the name was changed to Memorial Day to honor those who died in the ensuing wars and conflicts. Armistice Day marked the end of the Great War, now know as World War I. It was marked as a National Peace Holiday, and though the sentiment remained, the name was changed to honor veterans of all wars.

Getting confused? That's why Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968. It moved many holidays to Mondays for consistency and to avoid interrupting commerce too much with holidays mid-week.  Or did you think those holidays were just for retail sales?

Back to that Friday before M. L. King, Jr., Day...that is Lee-Jackson Day, honoring Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson. For a number of years, Jackson, King, and Lee actually shared a holiday in Virginia. Other Southern states still have a Confederate memorial day commemoration.

And that October holiday? In Virginia it's officially Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day, to commemorate both Columbus' voyage to the Americas and final victory at Yorktown in the Revolutionary War.

Enjoy that day off.

Source: Federal Holidays: Evolution and Current Practices, Congressional Research Service, 2014; The Code of Virginia.