Elma Ross Public Library's Blog

May 25, 2012

Library Corner 5 24 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 2:14 pm

            One more week.  Just one more week.  What happens in just one more week?  Summer Reading 2012 starts!  Woo hoo! Summer reading is here!

            Dream Big – Read! is the theme for the kids (K-6th Gr.) summer reading program.  Kick-off will be on Thursday, May 31st at 2pm with Martha of Martha Speaks, courtesy of our local PBS station WLJT Channel 11.  Story time programs will take place each Thursday at 2pm from May 31st through July 12th.  Registration is required.  Sign-up at the library today.  Prizes will be awarded at the end of the program for those reading the most books (K-3rd Gr) and those reading the most pages (4th – 6th Gr.).  All book logs must be completed by July 5th at 5pm (no exceptions).  You may begin reading on May 31st.

            Own the night is the theme for the teens (7th – 12th Gr.) summer reading program.  Kick-off will be on Thursday, May 31st at 3:15pm with Dark Stories.  Ohhh, we can’t wait!  Event Hours will take place each Thursday at 3:15pm from May 31st through July 12th.  Registration is required.  Sign-up at the library today.  Prizes will be awarded at the end of the program for those reading the most pages.  All book logs must be completed by July 5th at 5pm (no exceptions).  You may begin reading on May 31st.

            We haven’t forgotten our adults for summer reading either.  We will have our monthly contests for June and July.  All adults have to do is, after reading a book, fill out a “How I Liked this Book” form found at the circulation desk, and place it in the drawing box.  Simple.  Easy.  We will draw a prize winner at the end of June and another winner at the end of July. 

            We love Summer Reading here at the library!

            Oh yes, before we forget, the Elma Ross Public library will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in Observance of Memorial Day.  Have a blessed day.

            HappyReading!

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May 17, 2012

Library Corner 5 17 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 7:38 pm

            The Elma Ross Public Library Board of Trustees, Library Director, and Library Staff, as well as the Friends of the Elma Ross Public Library Board, would like to extend hearty and heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Brownsville-Haywood County for attending the Library Anniversary Celebration last week.  We celebrated two wonderful milestones:1) the 20th Anniversary of the Elma Ross Public Library building and 2) the 100th Anniversary of Library Services inBrownsville-HaywoodCounty.  A deep debt of gratitude is conveyed to Mayor Jo Matherne (City of Brownsville) , Carla Jacobs (Hatchie River Regional Library Director), Ashley Bowers (Assistant Archivist, Tennessee State Library and Archives), and Senator Delores Gresham for their attendance and their kind words as our guest speakers for the event.  (Thank you also to Mayor Franklin Smith {HaywoodCounty}who was able to attend for a few moments between meetings.)  “A job well done.” is extended to Mr. Rickey Reed and the Renaissance Choir fromHaywoodHigh School for their wonderful musical performance.  Thank you to all of ourCountyCommissioners, City Aldermen, community leaders and citizens who attended as well.  This was such a wonderfully exciting event for us and we were so honored that you chose to celebrate with us.  Thank you to the classrooms and families who helped “raise” the caterpillars/butterflies and all the “assistants” who helped us release our butterflies at the celebration.  Your help was greatly appreciated. 

            Thank you for a first 100 years of library service, and to the Ross family in helping establish the Elma Ross Public Library, and we look forward to many more years of library service to come.

            A few bits of other library news.  Lunch & Learn will be offered on Wednesday, May 23rd at 12 noon in the Meeting Room.  Our guest speaker will be Kristie Lancaster from Bethel University.  Please remember to bring a lunch, the library will provide drinks and dessert. Dream Big Read Summer Reading 2012 kick-off celebration will be on Thursday, May 31st at 2pm  Sign-up today to participate.  Own the Night Teen Summer Reading 2012 will kick-off on May 31st at 3:15pm.  Sign-up today to participate.  Our Adult Summer Reading Contests will begin June 1st and July 1st.

            Happy Reading!

May 10, 2012

Library Corner 5 10 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:40 pm

            Happy Anniversary!  It is hard to believe that the Elma Ross Public Library building is 20 years old.  Wow.  We are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Library Service in Haywood County.  That’s right – 100 years!  It has been a century of learning, growing, reading and gathering at the library.  We have had some spectacular times here at the library and we want to celebrate these milestones with you.  Please come by and celebrate with us this Thursday, May 10th from 4-6pm here at the library.

           HaywoodCountyhas had a rich library history here.  Here is a brief record of the libraries ofBrownsvilleandHaywoodCounty.  Thanks to Mayor John Bomer and philanthropist Mr. Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library located inBrownsville,Tennessee, came to fruition onW. Main St.in 1910.  The building was not opened as the library until 1912, as it took a little while to get materials and staff in place.  In the 1950s the Carnegie Library of Brownsville, Tennessee, became a part of the State ofTennessee Regional Library Systemand was renamed the Brownsville-Haywood County Library.  By the late 1980s the Carnegie Library/Brownsville-Haywood County Library building was bulging at its seems.  Mr. Dick Ross approached the library director with a proposal for a new library.  If the city and county would provide matching funds, Mr. Ross would supply the seed money for a new library with the condition that it be named for his wife, Miss Elma.  A deal like that could not be ignored!  Therefore, in 1992, the Elma Ross Public Library was opened at its new location onEast Main St.  We are very happy to be serving you here at our library.  We have a beautiful building, recently renovated thanks toHaywoodCounty, the City ofBrownsvilleand the Elma Ross Public Library Board of Trustees.  Library services haven’t changed too much over the last 100 years.  We will continue to have books, magazines, and newspapers.  Plus we have added books on cassette and CD and movies on VHS and DVD as well as computers with Internet access and a wireless hotspot for people’s use.  We have gone from a paper copy card catalog to an on-line catalog.  But one thing will always stay the same.  The staff of the library is here to assist the patrons ofBrownsvilleandHaywoodCountyto find the information that you need, whether it is for pleasure or for work. 

            Thank you for a wonderful 100 years and here’s to at least 100 more!  Happy Anniversary Elma Ross Public Library.

May 4, 2012

Library Corner 5 3 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 7:47 pm

There was no Official library Corner article this week.  There is ; however, an invitation to attend the Annviersary Celebration at the Library on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 from 4-6pm.  Please join us as we celebrate two wonderful milestones.  The 20th Anniversary of the Elma Ross Public library and the 100th Anniversary of library Service in Haywood County.  Let’s Celebrate!!!

Library Corner 4 26 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 7:44 pm

            The month of May is almost here.  What a glorious spring it has been so far.  We are excited about spring here at the library.  Why you ask?  Because our Anniversary is almost here!

            On May 10th from 4-6pm, the library will be celebrating two great milestones.  The first milestone is the 20th Anniversary of the Elma Ross Public Library building.  It is hard to believe that we have been in this building at this location for 20 years, all thanks to Mr.& Mrs. Dick Ross.  The second milestone is the 100th Anniversary of Library Service here in Haywood County.  Haywood County, a recipient of a library grant from Andrew Carnegie, opened the Carnegie Library in Brownsville, TN in 1912.  What a phenomenal accomplishment!  We are so very proud of our library service and we want to celebrate.  So please join us here at the Elma Ross Public Library on May 10th from 4-6pm.  We have speakers from our local government to the Tennessee State Library and Archives coming.  We will have refreshments, a (hopefully successful) butterfly release, as well as touring the recently renovated library facilities.

            We are looking for pictures of the Carnegie Library and all of our past librarians.  If you happen to have any old pictures that you would be willing to share (we’ll be happy to get them scanned), we would like to put together a power point presentation or bulletin board.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  The list of librarians that we have (not including dates) are:  Mrs. Dabney Sherrill, Miss Nona Haywood, Mrs. Emma Bond Haralson, Mrs. Rosa Sherman, Miss Ethel Bain, Mrs. Mitchell Duckworth, Mrs. Shirley Turner, Mrs. Libba Claiborne, Mrs. Phyllis Cozart, Mrs. Carol Burgess, Mrs. Linda Daniels, Mrs. Ramona Stevenson, and current director, Mrs. Katherine Horn.  Thanks!

            Happy Reading!

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