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An Evening With the Docs

Sandy Linn - Wednesday, March 01, 2017
The Calloway County Public Library is pleased to announce that Robert Valentine and MarTeze Hammonds will join their storytelling talents for a special storytelling event at the Calloway County Public Library on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30 pm in the CCPL meeting room.
CCPL Program Coordinator Sandy Linn stated “The two talented friends have wanted to do an event for CCPL for a while, but with their schedules, it has been difficult to find a date that both were available. After the announcement was made that Dr. MarTeze Hammonds would be one of the three prominent alumni to speak at MSU’s March 9 Presidential Lecture, the duo decided that his visit home would be a perfect time to “spin some tales” for the community.” Linn continued “We are thrilled to host this fabulous performance! Audience members are in for such an amazing evening when these two storytellers extraordinaire combine forces for an unforgettable evening of stories.”
Robert Valentine is Senior Lecturer in Mass Media and Theatre for Murray State University. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with the B.A. in History. After military service, he returned to Kentucky where he was awarded the M.A. in Communications. He has taught, performed professionally on stage, radio and television, and has written for all three media. Valentine has worked in television and radio as an actor and producer. His video productions include instruction and information tapes for The Tennessee Valley Authority, Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Council of State Governments, Fisher-Price Corporation, and others. His voice has been featured on a number of nationally-aired radio commercials. He presently serves as chief consultant and president of Theatre Arts Enterprises, an independent media production and market consultation company. He created the live storytelling exhibit for the National Scouting Museum in Murray, Kentucky, and originated the national storytelling tour. He is a Fellow of the F. O. Birmingham Memorial Foundation and serves as Executive Editor of Murray Life Magazine.
Dr. MarTeze Hammonds is the inaugural associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Arkansas Tech University. A Murray native, Hammonds attended Murray State and earned his Bachelor of Science in Theatre in 2005 and Master of Science in Organizational Communication in 2006 as well as a second Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership (emphasis in college student personnel) in 2008. While earning these degrees, Hammonds was employed as a member of the Murray State athletics department as the inaugural academic counselor and director of CHAMPS/Life Skills. Hammonds also earned an educational doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas in 2012. Hammonds has earned numerous honors and awards from areas of academia, leadership, fraternal, volunteerism and the community. On May 25, 2012, the City of Murray proclaimed that May 25 of every year will be forever known as Dr. MarTeze D. Hammonds Day in recognition of young role models.
CCPL’s “An Evening With The Docs” is presented free of charge, and all community members are invited to attend. For more information, interested persons may contact Sandy Linn at (270) 753-2288 or sandy.linn@callowaycountylibrary.org.

MSU Department of History Spring Lecture Series Continues March 5, 2017

Sandy Linn - Wednesday, March 01, 2017
The Calloway County Public Library is pleased to announce that Murray State University Department of History Professor Dr. Urmi Engineer will present a program entitled Yellow Fever in the Mississippi Valley, 1878-79 on Sunday, March 5, 2:30 pm, in the library meeting room.

In the summer of 1878, a yellow fever epidemic spread from New Orleans through the Mississippi Valley. For the first time, yellow fever appeared in hundreds of plantations, towns, and cities that had not previously confronted the disease. It caused nearly five thousand deaths in New Orleans and a total of roughly twenty thousand in the Mississippi Valley. At the onset of the epidemic, approximately forty thousand residents, comprising nearly twenty percent of the city’s population, fled. Many left the city by rail, causing the epidemic to spread rapidly, as they carried the contagion with them. Yellow fever quickly spread from New Orleans to Memphis, causing widespread panic. Within ten days of the public announcement of the presence of yellow fever in Memphis, 25,000 people, who comprised more than half of the urban population, left the city. Across the United States, more than 150,000 people fled their homes during the epidemic. Southerners fled to small towns that they considered “safe,” like Holly Springs and Dry Grove, Mississippi. Not only did these cities elect not to establish quarantines, but private homes and hospitals welcomed and treated victims of yellow fever. This talk will explore the causes of the epidemic and responses among residents in the affected region.

Dr. Engineer’s presentation is second in the Murray State University Department of History second annual lecture series entitled, Murray State’s Department of History Presents.
The presentation is presented free of charge and open to community members of all ages.

Ted Franklin Belue to present "Daniel Boone, American Pathfinder

Sandy Linn - Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 28, 2017

 

Author Ted Franklin Belue will present Daniel Boone, American Pathfinder, at the Calloway County Public Library, Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:30pm in the library meeting room.

 

Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Boone remains a legendary figure. Myths about him abound: He was not the first white man to enter Kentucky, he never wore a coonskin cap, and he hated being called an Indian fighter. Many of the trails he blazed are now roads. His paths westward grew into the Sante Fe, Salt Lake and Oregon Trails. He led people to Kentucky and Missouri. His far western treks predated the Mountain Men and Lewis and Clark. James Fenimore Cooper’s adaptation of Boone life in The Last of the Mohicans helped spawn America’s western literature, a unique literary form. More than that, his indomitable spirit that sought new frontiers and confronted hardship with courage, is the legacy left by Daniel Boone, America’s first frontier hero.

 

The presentation will include an exhibit of firearms, tools, clothing, and accoutrements related to the fur trade and Native culture.

 

Belue has published four books on Kentucky frontier history, including Lyman Draper’s landmark biography, Life of Daniel Boone, and many articles in trade and scholarly press. He served as consultant and commentator for The History Channel, worked in the movie The Last of the Mohicans, and was advisor for PBS, A&E, BBC, and NBC, and listed in Contemporary Authors and Who’s Who in America. Several of his book titles will be for sale and available for signing.

 

Ted Franklin Belue’s presentation is the first in the Murray State University Department of History second annual lecture series entitled, Murray State’s Department of History Presents.

The presentation is presented free of charge and open to community members of all ages. 

CCPL Spring Zumba Gold Series Registration Underway

Sandy Linn - Saturday, January 14, 2017
January 14, 2017

Registration is currently underway for CCPL’s Spring Zumba Gold Series.
Zumba Gold is a low-impact Zumba class that focuses on core and balance created for people who are new to Zumba, those recovering from an injury, people who have physical limitations of any kind, or anyone who would like a fun, exciting, Latin-inspired, funky 45-minute workout! Zumba Gold incorporates the same music and dance rhythms as regular Zumba classes. Classes will be taught by Licensed Zumba Gold Instructor, Janice Thomasson.
Two sessions are scheduled and include: Monday evenings, 6:00-6:45pm with the meeting dates of January 23 & 30 and February 6, 13, 20, 27; and Tuesday mornings, 10:30-11:15am with the meeting dates of January 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 21, 28. Participants will select either the evening or morning session; due to limited space, participants may not register for both.
Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults; however any adult age 18 or older may participate. The series is offered free of charge with registration required. To register, interested persons may call 270-753-2288 or email sandy.linn@callowaycountylibrary.org.

CCPL Spring Yoga Class Series to Begin January 24, 2017

Sandy Linn - Saturday, January 14, 2017
January 14, 2017

The Calloway County Public Library will present a six week Yoga Class Series beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
This class will be a beginner’s opportunity to learn the basics of Hatha Yoga. The poses presented will be those that encourage movement by incorporating the breath to improve flexibility, strength and balance. No previous experience is required for this class, but seasoned yoga practitioners are welcome to attend, and participation will be open to allow each student to modify or expand the poses to an appropriate level of comfort. Classes will be taught by certified Yoga instructor Gayle Rogers.
Classes will be held each Tuesday, 1:00-1:45pm, beginning January 24 and continuing through February 28.
CCPL Yoga Classes are provided free of charge. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please contact the CCPL Circulation Desk at (270) 753-2288 or email sandy.linn@callowaycountylibrary.org. Participants will need to provide their own yoga mat.

CCPL Presents Kid's Japanese Food Demonstration Workshop

Sandy Linn - Saturday, January 14, 2017
January 14, 2017

The Calloway County Public Library will host a Kid’s Japanese Food Demonstration Workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1:30-3:00 pm.

The workshop is designed for students who are currently enrolled in Grades 3, 4, 5 or 6 and will feature a demonstration of Maki (roll) Sushi. Students will also enjoy a short introduction to Japan and Japanese Culture. Airi Yamamoto, Coordinator of Japan Outreach Initiative Program at Murray State University will be the instructor.

The workshop is presented free of charge however spaces are limited, and registration is required. To register, please contact the CCPL Circulation Desk at (270) 753-2288 or email sandy.linn@callowaycountylibrary.org.

Tell Us What You Want in a 21st Century Library

Sandy Linn - Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tell Us What You Want in a 21st Century Library.
The Calloway County Public Library Trustees would like input from Calloway County Community Members on the proposed library designs. CCPL's Trustees look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and questions!

View designs and information at:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1323720254306333&id=120432211301816

CCPL Yoga Class Series Set to Begin

Sandy Linn - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
CCPL Yoga Class Series is Set to Begin Tuesday, October 11th.

CCPL Yoga Class With Instructor Gayle Rogers
Tuesdays
1:00-1:45pm
CCPL Meeting Room

Class Dates:
October 11, 18 & 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

CCPL Yoga Classes are presented free of charge. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please contact Sandy Linn at (270) 753-2288 or email sandy.linn@callowaycountylibrary.org.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a Yoga Mat, water bottle and towel.

CCPL October Computer/Technology Class Schedule

Sandy Linn - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Calloway County Public Library is pleased to offer free computer/technology classes.  If you are new to using a computer or just need to brush up on computer skills, CCPL has a computer/technology class for you.

CCPL will offer the following computer/technology classes during the month of October:

Tuesday, October 4, 6:00-7:30pm: Intro to E-mail

Electronic mail allows us to send and receive digital messages.  This class focuses on the characteristics of e-mail and how it can be used to communicate across the globe.  Participants will set up a free e-mail account and learn how to attach files to messages so they can get started right away.

Thursday, October 6, 10:00-11:30am: Intro to E-mail

Electronic mail allows us to send and receive digital messages.  This class focuses on the characteristics of e-mail and how it can be used to communicate across the globe.  Participants will set up a free e-mail account and learn how to attach files to messages so they can get started right away.

Tuesday, October 11, 6:00-7:30pm: Intro to Microsoft Word

Need to write a letter, take notes, make a calendar, or create an invitation? In this class, participants will dive into the basics of Microsoft Word, the most widely used word processing program, and learn how to compose, edit, and format documents.

Thursday, October 13, 10:00-11:30am: Intro to Microsoft Word

Need to write a letter, take notes, make a calendar, or create an invitation? In this class, participants will dive into the basics of Microsoft Word, the most widely used word processing program, and learn how to compose, edit, and format documents.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-7:30pm: Intro to Microsoft Excel

Whether you’re looking to manage bills or create a budget, Microsoft Excel has you covered for all of your statistical and organizational needs. This class explores the basics of using Excel and how to utilize its calculation and data formatting tools.

 

Thursday, October 20, 10:00-11:30am: Intro to Microsoft Excel

Whether you’re looking to manage bills or create a budget, Microsoft Excel has you covered for all of your statistical and organizational needs. This class explores the basics of using Excel and how to utilize its calculation and data formatting tools.

Tuesday, October 25, 6:00-7:30pm: Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint

As one of the most widely used presentation programs on the market, Microsoft PowerPoint allows user to create everything from creative photo albums to professional business proposals.  Participants will learn how to put together their own slideshows with music, video and animations.

Thursday, October 27, 10:00-11:30am: Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint

As one of the most widely used presentation programs on the market, Microsoft PowerPoint allows user to create everything from creative photo albums to professional business proposals.  Participants will learn how to put together their own slideshows with music, video and animations.

CCPL Computer/Technology Classes are taught by Ms. Savannah Murphy and are presented free of charge.  Class spaces are limited and registration is required.  To register for a CCPL Computer/Technology Class please call (270)753-2288.

CCPL Fall Break 2016 Activities

Sandy Linn - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Japanese Folktale & Origami Afternoon
Monday, October 3, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm
CCPL welcomes Airi Yamamoto, Coordinator of Japan Outreach Initiative.
Students in Grades 3-6 will be introduced to a Japanese folktale and will then create an origami piece inspired by the folktale.
Spaces are limited and registration is required.
Register by contacting Sandy Linn at (270) 753-2288 or email sandy.linn@callowaycountylibrary.org.

WOW Planetarium Outreach Programs
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Living Arts & Science Center of Lexington, KY will present two sessions of the Planetarium Outreach Programs entitled "Earth, Moon and Sun"
"Earth, Moon and Sun" Session 1-10:30-11:30am &"Earth, Moon and Sun" Session 2-1:30-2:30pm
Best enjoyed by ages 4 accompanied by an adult. Presented free of charge and no registration required.

“Earth, Moon and Sun” is the story of Coyote who has a razor sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Participants will join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun full dome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun™ also examines how humans learn through space exploration.

The Dome is the Living Arts and Science Center’s Inflatable planetarium. Inside the 16 by 11 foot dome, a projector displays the night sky as it looks from anywhere on the Earth and any time of the night or year.

Kid's Movie Afternoon
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:00pm
Featured Title: "Zootopia" For children age 3-15, accompanied by an adult.
Free of charge. Popcorn and drink provided.
“Zootopia” is rated PG with a running time of 108 minutes.