Monday, August 25, 2008

Reading Roost @ the Fair!

Come visit the Reading Roost at the Russell County Fair. What, you say, is the 'Reading Roost?' The Reading Roost is where a volunteer reader will be sharing children's books on the fair theme of 'Poultry in Motion.' Books like Duck for President and Chickerella will be read at set times. Check the fair schedule for times and bring your children for a quack, I mean, quick break with a book.

Yes, the books were written for children, but they can be enjoyed by ALL. When was the last time someone read to you? I bet you would enjoy it if someone read to you again. Give it a try! Bring yourself, sit on a straw bale and enjoy some fowl adventures.

It will be poultry in motion. ;-D
posted by Kelly

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Diane Griliches at the Lebanon Library

Diane Griliches will visit the Lebanon Library on Sunday, September 7th, at 2:30 p.m. for a presentation and book signing. For those of you unfamiliar with her, Griliches is the author/photographer of the very popular An Appalachian Farmer's Story, a book which tells the story of Roy Lee Anderson, a craftsman and farmer from the Crossroads Section of Russell County, VA, in his own words.
Yes, you read correctly! In his own words. Griliches transcribed the text of the book directly from a recording of Anderson's voice. The book comes with a CD of excerpts from that recording. She, being a photographer, also snapped the black and white photos in the book.
An Appalachian Farmer's Story is available for purchase at the library. Those who already own the book may bring it to the book signing, and all are encouraged to ask Griliches to sign!
For more information on this, or any other program at the library, call (276) 889-8044.
Posted by Katie

Newest Local History Additions

These are the items added to our local history collection during July.

Info Files:
Maps file: Added a 2008 map of Russell Co.
Maps file: Added The Historical Atlas of Colonial America from Prehistoric Times to 1823.
Cemeteries file: Added a list of the graves in the North Church Street Cemetery.
Obituaries file: An addition was made
Dickenson Bundy Log House file: Added two brochures with the history of the structure including drawings and photos, as well as info on the old courthouse.

Family Files:

An addition was made to the Smith family file.
An addition was made to the Lockhart family file, about the William Lockhart family.
An addition was made to the Porter family file, with the descendants of Samuel Porter & Elizabeth Dunkin.


Old Homes and Gardens by Minnie L. Baugh (Abingdon homes)
Kinfolks: Falling off the Family Tree: the Search for my Melungeon Ancestors by Lisa Alther
Marriage Record of Washington County Tennessee 1787-1840 compiled by Norma Rutledge Grammar and Marion Day Mullins
American Marriage Records before 1699 edited and compiled by William Montgomery Clemens Washington County Virginia Surveyor’s Record 1781-1797 by Rhonda Robertson.
posted by Jennifer

A Word of Welcome

Hello all! And welcome to the Russell County Public Library's spiffy new blog! Although we here at the library are certainly fond of the printed word, we understand that in an age laden with technology, it is important to connect with our book-hungry public in several different fashions. And so, here you will find book reviews - by our staff, of course - program updates, new book arrivals, helpful weblinks, and occassional musings on the value of having that easily accessible font of information that is a public library. ;)