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Live Oak Public Libraries open with limited services

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

free Savannah things to do library Live Oak Live Oak Public Libraries will open with limited services starting Monday, June 15, 2020.

Limited Opening
All library locations will be open to the public, with the exception of Forest City Library, Port City Library, Tybee Library, W.W. Law Library, and West Broad Library, all of which are undergoing renovations.

Library hours are:
– Monday, 10 AM – 7 PM
– Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM
– Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM

Express Services
At this time, available library services include:
Pick up / drop off materials: Customers may check out and return materials using self-checks and bookdrops. Front-door express pickup service is still available by appointment. Call your library location for assistance.
Public computers and internet: Customers may use a limited number of public computers for up to one hour per person per day. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wireless internet is also available both inside and outside of library buildings.
Print, copy, fax: Services are available by request. Fees apply.

Safety as Priority
The safety of customers and staff is the highest priority. As the library increases access to the community, adjustments to library operations are necessary due to concerns for public health.
There will be a limited number of people allowed in buildings at a time.
Signage will remind customers about symptoms, social distancing, and proper hygiene.
Services will involve little or no person-to-person contact at this time. Plexiglass shields are installed at service desks.

Library visitors are asked to follow these guidelines, in order to protect themselves and others:
Wear a face covering.
Limit visits to 1 hour per person per day.
Maintain a minimum 6 feet in physical distancing.
Stay home if you are feeling sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Meeting room use, group gatherings, in-person programs, outreach services, and book donations are still suspended.

Library Accounts
While libraries are providing limited services, the library is offering greater flexibility with user accounts:
Overdue fees are waived and due dates are extended.
Library cards are renewed until September 30, 2020.
Digital-only accounts and new library cards are available.

Please be reminded that the quarantine of returned materials will result in a delay of items being removed from your account. You will not be fined for additional days that returned items are quarantined.

Virtual Programs
Live Oak Public Libraries provides virtual programs and services that all ages can enjoy at home. We invite you to visit our website and social media for the latest updates on activities this summer.
Summer Reading Program: Everyone can enjoy fun reading activities and prizes.
Grab & Go Meals: Free food service is at specific library locations in partnership with America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
Take & Make Craft Projects: Available at participating libraries while supplies last.
Ready Resources: Assistance for jobseekers, small businesses, and lifelong learning.

Learn more on all of the above virtual programs here. 

JK Rowling releases The Ickabog, her first non-Harry Potter children’s book, in free online installments

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

J.K Rowling The Ickabog free online children's book

J.K. Rowling’s new children’s chapter book – The Ickabog – will be published for free online here, in installments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time.

Rowling writes “It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story.” The first two chapters, which went online on Tues. May 26, introduced King Fred the Fearless, ruler of Cornucopia, and five-year-old Bert Beamish.

Read it here.

The Ickabog book will be published in November 2020. Rowling writes: “I’m going to donate all my royalties to help people who have been affected by the coronavirus.”

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Illustration Competition

J.K. Rowling is inviting children ages 7-12 to help illustrate The Ickabog. Every day when chapters of the story are uploaded, she will offer suggestions for what to draw or paint to illustrate the story, then kids can enter drawings or paintings into the official competition being run by J.K. Rowling’s publishers, for a once in a lifetime chance to be featured in The Ickabog book, which is published in November.

Find details on how to enter here. 

Free online children’s bookfest

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

free online kids activities

Your kids can participate in a free online childrens’ bookfest via Scholastic Home Base on 3-5PM Thurs. April 2, 2020.

During that time, several authors will engage online during specific time slots.

Find author schedule here. 

Find more of our new free online things to do at home here. 

Free online Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Mo willems lunch doodles

You might be isolated during this COVID-19 crisis, but you’re not alone.

Author & artist Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Willems is author & artist of such favorites as Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and all the adventures of Elephant and Piggie.

Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

New episodes will be posted each weekday here at 1PM and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday here for new LUNCH DOODLES.

Questions? Send them to Willems via email: LUNCHDOODLES@kennedy-center.org

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Online storytimes with illustrators, celebrities

*Oliver Jeffers,  illustrator of many books including The Day the Crayons Quit,  reads his works on Instagram Live at 2PM @oliverjeffers

*Josh Gad—a.k.a Olaf—reads books aloud on Twitter and Instagram Live @joshgad 

*Dan Santat has an online “Santat survival school for the pandemic” on Instagram @dsantat 

Find more of our new free online things to do at home here. 

Storytime @ Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Henny Penny Storytime toddlers kids

Come to the first storytime @ Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe in Savannah on Fri. Nov. 8, 4:30-6PM.

“Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows” By Jessika Von Innerebner will be read by a member of the E. Shaver staff. After story time, the Scribble side of Henny Penny will lead an art project for children to participate in.

The Scribble project will be available for purchase through Henny Penny. Copies of “Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows” will be available for purchase from E. Shaver, Bookseller.

See the book trailer for “Kevin the Unicorn” here. 

Storytime
Fri. Nov. 8, 2019, 4:30-6PM
@ Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe
1514 Bull St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Hosted by E Shaver Bookseller

Drop-in kids’ creative programs are offered every single day @ Henny Penny. Find a schedule of Henny Penny kids’ activities & programs here. 

Henny Penny Cafe, 1514 Bull St., Savannah Henny Penny is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Free Storytime on the Lawn @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Storytime Free Savannah Lawn

Bring your kids to a free Storytime on the Lawn 10:30-11:30AM Sat. Nov. 16 2019 at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Grab your blankets and join Storytime on the lawn this fall! During each session, the group will read a story and complete a related art project. This month, you will read “The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art” and create your own Kandinsky inspired circle paintings.

Storytime on the Lawn is a free community event provided by the City of Savannah’s Cultural Resources department in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries. Each event begins with a group reading session on the lawn at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (weather permitting), followed by an arts & crafts project in the visual arts studios. All ages are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 912-651-6783 or visit www.savannahga.gov/arts.

Savannah Cultural Arts Center
201 Montgomery St.
Savannah GA 31401

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Free Storytime on the Lawn @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Storytime Free Savannah Lawn

UPDATE: Storytime will be indoors due to weather.

Bring your kids to a free Storytime on the Lawn 10:30-11:30AM Sat. Nov. 16 2019 at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Grab your blankets and join Storytime on the lawn this fall! During each session, the group will read a story and complete a related art project. This month, you will read “The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art” and create your own Kandinsky inspired circle paintings.

Storytime on the Lawn is a free community event provided by the City of Savannah’s Cultural Resources department in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries. Each event begins with a group reading session on the lawn at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (weather permitting), followed by an arts & crafts project in the visual arts studios. All ages are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 912-651-6783 or visit www.savannahga.gov/arts.

Savannah Cultural Arts Center
201 Montgomery St.
Savannah GA 31401

City of Savannah Cultural Resources Department is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Free Storytime on the Lawn @ Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

free storytime Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Bring your kids to a free Storytime on the Lawn 10:30-11:30AM Fri. Oct. 25 2019 at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Grab your blankets and join Storytime on the lawn this fall! During each session, the group will read a story and complete a related art project. This month, it will be stories about pumpkins. Participants will create your own pumpkin stamped artworks.

Storytime on the Lawn is a free community event provided by the City of Savannah’s Cultural Resources department in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries. Each event begins with a group reading session on the lawn at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (weather permitting), followed by an arts & crafts project in the visual arts studios. All ages are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 912-651-6783 or visit www.savannahga.gov/arts.

City of Savannah Cultural Resources Department is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Mary Kay Andrews book signing & shopping discount @ Spartina 449, Savannah

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Spartina 449 Savannah

Join Spartina 449 – Downtown Savannah for a Sizzlin’ Summer Book Signing Event!

Sat. July 13, 2019
3-5PM
317 W. Broughton Street
Downtown Savannah

Featuring New York Times Best Selling Authors

Mary Kay Andrews  author of more than 30 books. Her latest is “Sunset Beach.”
Patti Callahan Henry, author of “The Favorite Daughter”
Mary Alice Monroe , author of “the Summer Guests”

Enjoy 15% off your entire Spartina 449 purchase when you purchase a new book.

Plus, take advantage of in-store special, raffle prizes, summer mocktails and more.

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Free children’s events in Savannah featuring bestselling author Kwame Alexander & more

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Free children's authors Savannah events Kwame Alexander

New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander will present free children’s programs in Savannah Sat. Feb. 16 & Sun. Feb. 17 2019.

Bring your kids to see these New York Times best-selling authors share stories @ Live Oak Public Library branches on Sat. Feb. 16, 2019.

Special free author programs – which are for all ages, are free & open to the public – include:

Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston
Bull Street Library
Sat Feb. 16, 2:30PM
2002 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Join Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston for a presentation centered on the work Solo.

Betrayed by those closest to him and stunned by a family secret, 17-year-old Blade Morrison flees his comfortable but chaotic life and travels to the Ghanaian village of Konko to find answers and closure. There he gains new perspective on family and belonging.

Author Kwame Alexander will inspire as he shares some of his poetry and writing from his book Solo along with a photography exhibit of Ghana, captured by Randy Preston. Learn more here.

Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes
Southwest Chatham Library
Feb. 16, 2PM
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah, 31419

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes present an engaging program about overcoming adversity. Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, their service dog Rescue inspired an incredible story of healing and love.
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SBF Children's event 2019 kwame alexander live oak public library book children's

Live Oak Public Libraries and Savannah Book Festival will present free children’s authors events on Sun. Feb. 17 at 1PM in Reynolds Square. The SBF Children’s Tent, which will feature author appearances, activities and book-signings, will be sponsored by Live Oak Public Libraries and Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation.

Featured authors scheduled to appear in the SBF Children’s Tent are:
Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, New York Times Best Sellers
Michael Patrick O’Neill, World Press Photo award-winning wildlife photographer
Javaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medal winner

Additional activities include book-signings, celebrity storytimes, music, and arts and crafts for kids. The SBF Children’s Tent is free and open to the public.

Free talk & book signing by bestselling young adult author Kwame Alexander

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Kwame Alexander Savannah august free 2018

Join New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newbery Medal recipient Kwame Alexander for a jam session! This program is ideal for teachers and educators who want to motivate students, get excited about literacy, and inspire a new love of reading and writing.

The event is free and open to the public.
A book signing will follow.

The Write Thing
Wed. Aug. 22 @ 5-6PM
Southwest Chatham Library, Savannah
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31419
912-925-8305

Kwame believes that poetry can change the world and he uses it to empower young people.

Free summer reading performances/programs start June 1, Live Oak Public Library branches in Chatham, Effingham & Liberty counties

Friday, May 25th, 2018

free summer reading events programs kids Live Oak Public Libraries SavannahIt’s time to register for Live Oak Public Libraries summer reading program 2018.

Online registration opens May 25. All those fun kids’ summer reading programs at various branches begin June 1.

Kids from birth to 12th grade can read great books, participate in exciting activities and earn rewards and prizes

Register online here. Then drop by any Live Oak Public Library branch to pick up a summer reading log.

See the schedule of special FREE summer reading program featured artists (music, storytelling, puppet shows, dancing) here. 

Free Savannah presentation & book signing with young adult author Kwame Alexander

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Kwame Alexander Rebound Savannah 2018

Kwame Alexander, New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newbery Medal recipient, will give a special free presentation in Savannah in April 2018.

Alexander will return to Savannah April 17 for a special presentation and signing of his new book REBOUND, the follow-up to the Newbery-award winning THE CROSSOVER. Alexander was a speaker at the 2017 Savannah Children’s Book Festival.

This event is free, kid-friendly and open to the public.

Kwame Alexander “Rebound” Tour
Tues. April 17 2018 @ 5-6PM
Southwest Chatham Library
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31419
912-925-8305

Learn more here. 

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2017) Free Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Free Savannah Children's Book Festival 2017 Kwame Alexander

 

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs present
Savannah Children’s Book Festival (SCBF)
Sat. Nov. 18, 2017
10AM-4PM | Forsyth Park

FREE & open to the public

2017 SCBF Featured Authors

Featured Authors Bios

Headlining Author
Kwame Alexander

New York Times-bestselling author Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and author of 24 books, including “The Crossover,” which received the 2015 Newbery Medal.

Featured Authors
R. Gregory Christie
Carmen Agra Deedy
José Lucio
Susan Rubin
Don Tate
Carole Boston Weatherford
Salina Yoon

Featured Authors – Teen Literature 
E. Lockhart                 Kekla Magoon                 Cynthia Leitich Smith

Also, dozens of indie authors, illustrators & performers. See the full list here.  As well as free family entertainment.

Learn more here.

Children’s Books: Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Savannah books children Sammy and Grammy

Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah, a laugh-out-loud children’s book with valuable life lessons to be learned and written by local author, Maxine Pinson, is scheduled for release in early December 2017–just in time for holiday shopping!

Readers of SouthernMamas.com are offered $1 off each book ordered, plus FREE shipping (up to 4 books sent to same address) if ordered by Dec. 1, 2017.

Just visit www.sammyandgrammy.com, then go to “Where to Buy Book Page” and follow the directions.

Please use PROMO CODE SM to receive your discount.

Learn more about Savannah author Maxine Pinson here. 

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FREE Pete the Cat Book Signing, Photo Booth, Author Meet & Greet, Tybee Is.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

FREE Pete the Cat Book signing, meet author Tybee Island Bring your Pete the Cat book lovers to meet the author and creator, James and Kimberly Dean this Sun. Oct. 1 2017, 1-6PM @ the Blue Heaven Art Gallery on Tybee Island.

Meet the author, enjoy a photo booth, take pictures with Pete, view original artwork, shop for Pete toys and books, and enjoy snacks and activities for kids

Blue Heaven Art Gallery
23 Tybrisa Street, Tybee Is. (across from Wet Willies).

Questions? Email PetetheCatoffice@yahoo.com