Breaking up is hard to do.

Unfortunately, our relationship with Hoopla is ending on December 1. Our apologies—we don’t like it either. However, as stewards of the revenue we receive from you, the taxpayer, we sometimes need to make tough budgetary choices. And this is the correct choice for the long-term. Overdrive is still available, and it is pretty awesome. If you need help with it, please let us know. 

Christmas time is here…

Xmas is right around the corner and Black Friday is in the rearview. Time to buy some gifts, y’all!  And from what better place than your local public library…us!  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library, so you know you’re giving to a good cause this holiday season, as well as impressing your loved ones with your erudition and just plain ol’ excellent taste. Who doesn’t want to seem tasteful and virtuous? I’ve attached a .pdf including some of our most spectacular selections, but, rest assured, we have a ton more of awesomeness where these came from. Stop by…we’ll even gift wrap them for you!

For those about to rock…

Tomorrow it begins again, the timeless cycle swings ’round and ’round…SUMMER READING PROGRAM (SRP) ’18!! Wowza!  It feels like SRP ’17 just concluded. In fact, it seems like SRP ’16 just concluded.  Time flies when you’re having (something approximating) fun. This year’s theme is ROCK OUT! and we certainly intend to do just that. So put on your codpiece, sharpen thine axe, and…get ready to RAWK!  WE SALUTE YOU!

Prices Going Up….

Well, all good things must come to an end, I suppose, and that is now the ineluctable fate of our fax and printing prices. Starting May 1, 2018, faxes will increase from 25¢ to $1.00 per page. Printing and photocopying will also increase from 10¢ per to 25¢. A bummer, but it’s costly to operate a library, y’know.

Also in the pipeline: $1.00 charge for every (lost) library card after the first and rigorous enforcement of the $1.00 per guest pass charge.  We’ll let you know before the hammer comes down on those.

Sorry for the increases, we don’t like them either.

Christopher Myers on storytelling

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The Oxford Public Library was honored to host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Christopher Myers for this week’s edition of Books and Lunch. “Chris,” as he introduced himself, has been writing and illustrating children’s books since his first publication in 1995. His most recent books include Joan (EgmontUSA, 2016) and My Pen (Disney-Hyperion, 2015). Although he writes for a younger age group, Chris’s inspiring ideas on storytelling and social change captured the interest of our Oxford High students who shared their own stories with him following the event. He shared his experiences teaching creative writing in Munich to young war refugees, many of whom created stories about the change they witnessed in their own countries. All stories, Chris explained, are about change and we should be mindful of the stories we tell and are told and what they say about the changing world around us. He also gave practical advice to the young writers and artists in our audience. A huge thanks to Chris Myers for showing up and bringing an excellent program to our library. Our young people loved him.

— CF

Journalism in Crisis

Today author, professor, and accomplished reporter Kathleen Wickham visited the public library for Books and Lunch. She spoke about her new book, We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole 

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Miss. Her extensive research and thoughtful talk on these twelve reporters gave dimension to the attitudes of the local community (the black community especially), the problem of local government, and the extreme and dangerous obstacles reporters faced in delivering an unfiltered account of the riot. We Believed We Were Immortal sheds light on the work of these reporters and honors their courage and commitment to report truth.

Wickham opened her talk with a presentation on William Faulkner and integration. While many of his family and other local contemporaries stubbornly opposed integration, Faulkner was more forward thinking. Accompanied by archival materials such as photographs and a deeply researched knowledge, Wickham’s presentation was as engrossing as it was inspiring. Kathleen Wickham is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi.