As the Page Turns

Fall is coming and with it are a lot of changes, from the weather to the color of the leaves and even at the library, including a change of directorship. After five years of working at the helm of the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library, we say farewell to Ryan Higginbothom. He will be moving on to a much larger library system and trading in the country life for city living. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his years of service.

Another change is we will be expanding library hours during the month of September, we will be opening Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. (currently it is 9:30 a.m.), and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we will remain open until 8 p.m. On Monday and Friday, we will be closing 5 p.m. and on Saturday at 1 p.m. We hope these new extended hours will reach more customers and allow them to make more use of the local library. 

For the Wednesday, Aug. 21, Story & Craft Time, library employee Katharine Bloodworth read “Bear’s Big Day” by Salina Yoon. Bear was a big boy now and going to school, so he left his stuffed bunny named Floppy at home. He missed his friend, and with the help of his teacher and classmates, he learned how to include Floppy in his school day. We followed up by making a fox mask, a joined bear, and a rabbit, all characters in the book. We would like to thank ACLA (Appomattox County Library Association) for providing the cookies and punch.

September is “National Library Card Month” and a great way to celebrate is to come into the library and renew/update your existing library card. If you have never had a library card with us, it is easy to apply for one. You must be at least 18 years of age and have two forms of identification. One is proof of who you are, some sort of photo ID, like a driver’s license or state ID; the second is proof of current address with your name on it, such as, but limited to, an electric bill, rental agreement, cell phone bill, checkbook, or voter or car registrations. If you are a minor and wish to have a library card, your legal guardian or parent must sign up for a card with the proper identification and sign taking responsibility for a library card for you, which will be attached to their account.

Sept. 22 – 28 is Banned Books Week. This year’s theme is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Lights On.” According to the banned book week website (, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

The second website we would like to feature in a series of highlighted free helpful homework sites is Infoplease ( This website features such helpful tools such as: a calculator, distance calculator, conversion tool, spell checker, periodic table and more. They cover a plethora of subjects including current events, pop culture, science, government, history and more. According to Infoplease’s website, “Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts and historical records. Our editors regularly update and refine this enormous body of information — as well as adding new discoveries and identifying trends — to bring you reliable and authoritative information.”

It is not to late to get some great deals on some books at the ACLA Early Bird Fall Book Sale. Most items are going for 50 cents each. Support the organization that supports your local library. The Book Sale is going on in the conference room and you can shop during normal library hours.

In observance of the Book Sale, we will not be hosting a Story & Craft Time on Wednesday, Aug. 26. We will continue our weekly Story & Craft time on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. We are sorry for the inconvenience to our youngest of patrons.

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