Christmas Book Countdown

Jessa May’s Mom started a new holiday tradition this year. She wrapped 25 books to countdown to Christmas. Each day she will unwrap and read a book to Jessa May. This is a great way to help your children read a thousand books before kindergarten. At The Margaret Jones Public Library, they are there to help you reach this goal with your little ones. The Library recognizes the connection between reading to young children early, library use and educational success. The National Commission on Reading concluded that, “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” We are committed to instilling a love for reading in the very young child.  We provide a variety of children’s books in several different age appropriate formats. For babies and toddlers we have durable little board books. For preschoolers through third grade we have picture books. Easy readers allow beginning readers to begin the formal process of reading and word recognition. We have Juvenile nonfiction and chapter books for grades 2 through 8. Kids have their very own card catalog at http://gapines.org/kpac . Only those 350,000-plus books, DVDs, CDs and other items that have been cataloged in PINES as children’s materials will show up in search results. Books & Bubbles is our story time for children ages zero to three and it is presented on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am. We sing songs, use flannel stories and rhymes, and read books of course in this 20 minute story time. Then we have a time of play. Pre-School Story time is for children ages three to five and it is presented on Thursday mornings at 10 am. In this 60 minute story time we read books, sing songs, and create crafts all related to a theme. Third Thursday Lego Club is for kids of all ages. We provide the Legos. All you have to bring is your imagination. All creations will be on display for everyone to see. This club meets on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. During the summer months when school is out, the library offers the Summer Reading Program. Research has shown that reading over the summer break helps prevent students from losing ground and helps prepare them for the next school year. Participating in the library’s Summer Reading Program is a great way to stop the “summer slide”. Each year there is a new theme. Check the library’s event calendar for more details.  Whether you need help locating a good book to read or information to complete a school project, we’re here to help. Come by the Library to pick out some holiday books to share with your little ones.

Meet A New Face at The Margaret Jones Public Library

There’s a new face at The Margaret Jones Public Library. Shatavia Stephens is gaining work experience at the library through the Paxen Program and we are so happy to have her join our team. Be sure to stop by the front desk and meet Shatavia. At Paxen Learning Corporation, we change lives. It’s that simple—and significant. After all, those three words—We Change Lives—are both part of our corporate slogan and our corporate DNA. Each year, thousands of students across the nation participate in and graduate from Paxen Learning’s innovative educational programs. In so doing, they receive invaluable training in core areas involving key academic, life, and career skills. Our reputation for excellence is exceeded only by our level of caring for our students, some of whom now work for us. Every student in a Paxen program receives hands-on training and personal attention through individualized and small-group instruction that build both learner skills and confidence. In our outcome-based approach, instructors use customized curricula to frequently monitor, test, and evaluate our students and fine-tune their progress. Each year, we help thousands of learners secure their GED® credential and place many others in highly competitive jobs—even in times of economic distress—through key partnerships with leading organizations that result in opportunities for apprenticeships and professional certifications.

Polite Returns Home For A Visit

What a great day it was on Tuesday, July 5th at The Margaret Jones Public Library. Trinka Polite made a visit for a book signing along with a Meet & Greet to her home town folks. Trinka is a 1992 graduate of Worth County High School and a 1997 graduate of Valdosta State University with a degree in Psychology.

Trinka Polite is a poet and author from our beautiful state of Georgia.  She also enjoys a career as a Licensed Counselor with a M.A. in Humanistic Psychology.  Her studies were completed at Valdosta State University and the University of West Georgia.

Trinka is an awesome Author and loves everything there is to love about writing and sharing it with others. She enjoys meeting people and talking with them. When Trinka is not working on writing projects, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family.  What is interesting is that she never set out to be a poet. Poetry found her.  In those moments of deep emotion (love, joy, pain, etc.), sometimes the flesh could not find words.  Thankfully, her spirit whispered giving her understanding and meaning.  She’s now sharing her poetry–her “notes” on this spiritual journey with all of us.

At this time, Trinka is hosting a fundraiser for the Liberty House of Albany. The fundraiser is through Clever Container. Please visit clevercontainer.com/5960 and shop away. When you check out, be sure to check out under the Helpin’ the Liberty House of Albany. A portion of the proceeds will go to them. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Magical Balloons Show Was Enjoyed By Many

Dr. Magical Balloons made a visit to the Margaret Jones Public Library on Monday. The show was enjoyed by many and the children enjoyed seeing Dr. Magical Balloons design such amazing balloons. Dewayne Reynolds has been performing as a Professional Magician and Balloon Artist since 1998. For over a decade, Dewayne has been performing at City Festivals, Fairs, Libraries, Schools, for Fortune 500 Companies, at countless Auburn University Athletic Events, in local Restaurants, and even at the Governor’s Mansion! Although he is one of the most sought after Entertainers in the Southeast, Dewayne is still more than happy performing for audiences of any occasion or size. Over the years Dewayne has honed in on his true passion of making people happy using various types of performance mediums! In 2010 he added ukulele to his bag of tricks, and just may serenade you while strolling at his next festival. From Dr. Magical Balloons to Santa Claus, Mr. Reynolds hosts a wide array of characters that are guaranteed to be the perfect fit for your next event. Be sure to follow The Margaret Jones Public Library on facebook for all the events held at the library. So many great people to meet and events to enjoy! We hope to see you there.

Children Gaining Knowledge on the Computers at The Margaret Jones Public Library

What a great and perfect picture this is to see children using the computers and learning. This is happening at The Margaret Jones Public Library. The keyboards are colored where the children can learn the letters and numbers. Learning the internet is a great thing for the children as well. Your children won’t be kids forever. When they decide on careers, they’ll have to compete in an arena with other young adults who are tech savvy. How many typists do you see in the workplace these days, or typewriter repairmen, or switchboard operators for that matter? Understanding how to use emerging technologies is a key advantage in the workplace. That won’t be changing any time soon. The more comfortable your kids are with technology today, the better equipped they’ll be to function in the world of tomorrow. Think about the ways technology has changed the world in the last five years. Consider the pace of those changes. It’s staggering. Now imagine how new technologies will transform the way your children live in 10, 15 or 20 years. One of the tasks educators are faced with is preparing children for the technological advancements they may encounter not just today but in the future, too. The downside is that finding the right mix of methods and just keeping up can be a big challenge. The upside is that the very technology educators are trying to keep pace with is creating new ways to make teaching more immediate, interesting and varied. Is the U.S. educational system experiencing growing pains because of new advancements in technology? It is, but so is almost every other sector of society. Preparing for the future isn’t the only consideration. Your kids are part of the new information age this very minute. They keep in touch with friends and family using social networking. They make videos on the fly and expect instant access to information. According to a Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism survey, 65 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds rely on the Internet as their main source of news. It’s also estimated that 75 percent of kids 12 to 17 have their own cell phones. Here’s another point to ponder: According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Study, children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend over seven and a half hours every day using electronic media devices like computers, TVs and cell phones. The world is changing, and technology is driving much of that change. To be prepared, children need to have a working understanding of current technologies and a high level of confidence in their ability to master newer and more complex tools. That way, they’ll be in a better position to tackle practical challenges, and recognize the amazing opportunities, they’ll be faced with in the years ahead.