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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Reading Widely: Comics, Part 2

In August, I took on a bunch of comics for Reading Widely, but I wasn't finished! Here are even more to tickle your fancy.

Goldie is a 16-year-old girl detective in this historical sleuth series. She and her dad work at a hotel, and she's constantly trying to help the hotel's in-house detective with his cases. But when something weird seems to be going on with one of the hotel guests, can Goldie and her friends figure it out? Great for middle grade and young adult readers.

Written by Hope Larson, illustrated by Brittany Williams, Colors by Sarah Stern

(Four issues contained in one trade paperback)

In this new run about much-loved Marvel superhero Black Panther, the reader gets a look at what it's like to be T'Challah, the ruler of the country of Wakanda, and also to have the burden of being Black Panther.

Political upheaval and royal family drama make this one a great read for action and adventure fans. Author Ta-Nehesi Coates makes this one an enormous draw for readers of his work. Geared towards adults.

Written by Ta-Nahesi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze

(Four issues contained in one trade paperback.)

A lovely middle-grade story about two princesses, one who's been locked in a tower, and one who does the rescuing. The MLC staff loved this one SO MUCH--read our review here.

Written and Illustrated by Katie O'Neill

(Original graphic novel based on a webcomic)

Great Warrior is a very powerful (albeit physically small) being who protects her village fiercely from all outside forces. But when things get dicey and it seems that her friends are going to find out her big secret, will she be able to handle it?

This great all-ages comic has tons of amazing secondary characters, and the colors are gorgeous.

Written and illustrated by Madeline Flores with Trillian Gunn

(Trade paperback compiling webcomics)

Do you have more comic recommendations for us? We'll read them! Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Join the MLC Team!

Are you looking for the perfect job? We have an opening for a librarian on our team!

Librarian III
Open until 10/14/16

This position is open in the Library Services Division of the Mississippi Library Commission. It is professional library work with responsibility for applying professional library techniques in one or more phases of library services. Duties include reference, cataloging, collection management, government documents, services to special groups, and similar functions. Incumbents have a primary specialized service responsibility and may monitor budget for the service. Incumbents provide professional level reference and reader advisory services to customers utilizing electronic, print, and audiovisual resources, and maintaining databases. The incumbent has frequent contact with the public, state governmental employees, volunteers, and others. Incumbent markets library services by initiating contact with users and groups of users by developing and presenting workshops. Development and presentation of individual and group training sessions on electronic resources is also required. The incumbent participates in the selection of materials for the collections and in review of collections to maintain currency and relevance to customers' needs. Incumbent compiles statistics for service management reports. Data gathering includes development and production of routine and specialized reports utilizing a library automation system. Incumbent may supervise or assist in the supervision of others.

Applications for this position must go through the Mississippi State Personnel Board. They are available on the job opening page on their website. We can't wait to have you working with our team!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Talking about Talking Books

Yesterday, Talking Book Services Director Shellie Zeigler visited Sunflower County Library in Indianola, MS. She spent time with the Indianola Civic League, explaining the services, who is qualified, and how to sign up. The group was delighted with Zeigler's presentation and many plan to take advantage of the program. One particular lady was curious about something, though. "Well, how do people find out about this program??" Shellie's answer? Our outreach efforts! Talking Book Services staff would love to travel to your Mississippi organization and speak:
  • Lion's Club
  • Rotary Club
  • Kiwanis
  • MS Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Other service and civic clubs
  • Church groups
  • Retirement homes
  • Assisted living facilities
If your group is interested in scheduling a presentation, please call 601-432-4123 or email Shellie Zeigler at Until next time, happy reading!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ann Marsh Named MLC Board of Commissioner's Chair

Ann Marsh, Board Member at Large of the Mississippi Library Commission's Board of Commissioners, has been named chairperson of the board. She was appointed to the board three years ago by Governor Phil Bryant to fill the shoes of Dr. Russell Burns. Typically, the MLC Chairperson is the longest serving member and the person with the most experience. Mrs. Marsh notes that the Board's work is really a collaborative effort, especially with years such as this one with huge budget cuts made by the state. About her time on the Board, Ann says, "I've learned so much, about funding, personnel, decision making... We don't focus on just the Mississippi Library Commission. Our attention is on all the libraries in Mississippi: public, academic, school, and special libraries. We try to do our best, for MLC and for our Mississippi libraries."

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Marsh obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Married 50 years this past summer, Ann and her husband lived in states from California to Maine before settling down in Mississippi 33 years ago. She says this gave them a great perspective on life because wherever they went, they met great people. Marsh spent several years as an elementary school teacher, but when a friend was hired as branch manager at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library in Brandon, she asked Ann to consider applying for a part-time opening at the branch. When that friend eventually left the Reservoir Library, Marsh was the obvious replacement. Twenty-six years later, she retired from her job as library branch manager that she said was "a wonderful experience."

"Many people think libraries are the purview of academia. That just isn't so. I see libraries as community centers and gathering places. They're for people who want a connection to the outside world. With the services that libraries provide--computers, storytime, wifi, research help, computer classes, what have you--we give people that opportunity to connect."

Marsh compares MLC to one of those connect-the-dot pictures kids like to do. "Our many public libraries across the state are the dots. MLC connects the dots; it's the line that makes sense of all the pieces and unifies them into a whole." Ann raves about MLC and her experience thus far on the Board, saying, "It's such a wonderful place to visit. The staff are all so professional and likeable; it's a pleasure to visit every other month."

Ann is just as active outside the library world as she is inside. She has quite the creativity streak and enjoys knitting and jewelry making, to name just a few of her artistic pursuits. She also loves to travel and recently made the trek to Yellowstone National Park.

The Mississippi Library Commission's Board of Commissioners comprises five members. Four members are appointed by the governor and one is the President of the Mississippi Federation of Women's Clubs (or her appointee.) Of the four gubernatorial appointed members, two are appointed at large by the governor and two are chosen from a list presented to the governor by the Mississippi Library Association. Of the two chosen from MLA's list, one must be an active librarian and one must be an active board of trustees member of a Mississippi public library.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Books at the Fair

The 2016 Mississippi State Fair starts today (October 5, 2016) and runs through October 16, 2016.  Here are some books that will get you into a fair mood.
*The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
*The County Fair by Katherine Valentine
*The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting
* So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz
*The Fatal Funnel Cake: A Fresh-Baked Mystery by L.J. Washburn
* The Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews
Click the link to learn more about the 2016 Mississippi State Fair. Happy reading!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Letters About Literature 2017

It's Letters About Literature time again!

Letters about Literature is a state and national writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Each student is encouraged to write a letter to the author of their favorite book explaining how the book changed their life, changed their outlook, or helped them through a hard time. It's a personal letter, not an essay, so students can feel free to express how they feel!

There are three age categories:

Level 1: grades 4-6
Level 2: grades 7-8
Level 3: grades 9-12

Letters from Levels 1 and 2 are due by January 9, 2017. Letters from Level 3 are due by December 2, 2016.

Statewide prizes are as follows:

First place (for each of the three age levels): $100
Second place (for each of the three age levels): $75
Third place (for each of the three age levels): $50

First place winners move on to national judging. National prizes are $1,000 for first place in each of the three age levels and $200 for Honor Winners in each of the three age levels.

Teachers, librarians, and parents, please share this information widely!

2016 Mississippi Letters about Literature winners
The 24th annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries, and other organizations. Statewide, this contest is made possible by the Mississippi Library Commission, the Mississippi Center for the Book, and the Friends of Mississippi Libraries.

Additional information and entry coupons can be found here. Please send all entries to Mississippi Center for the Book care of Ally Mellon at the Mississippi Library Commission.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

National Book Festival 2016

The 16th Library of Congress' National Book Festival took place this past Saturday in Washington D.C. Tracy and I (Ally M.) went as representatives for Mississippi in the Pavilion of the States.

Every year, each state's Center for the Book sends representatives to man the booths representing their state and educate festival goers about their state's literary culture. Every state selects a children's book and features it at the book festival. This year, our featured book was Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen. We even had the King at our table in his best gold suit available for selfies!

We had a great time promoting all of the wonderful things Mississippi has to offer. Go here for more information about the National Book Festival and here for more information on the Mississippi Center for the Book.
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