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Library Snippets

  By Johnye Fisher



April 2017

“Libraries Transform” is the theme for National Library week April 9-15.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. As a part of National Library Week, Tuesday April 11 is National Library Workers Day, a day for library Staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Celebrate by visiting your local branch of the Sevier County Library and showing your support for libraries. Visit or for more information.

Spring showers bring May flowers so our display of the month will be non- fiction. The Library has all kinds of books on flowers and plants that can help teach you how to plant or grow. Come by and see what our display will show.

“Adult Activities” is every Wednesday at 10 am. Lots of Adult Coloring, Dominos, games, cards and more! Call the De Queen Branch at 584-4364 for more information.

Joan at the Horatio Library says, Spring is here! Otherwise known as the “Sneezin Season”, and it is time to plant those annuals if you want flowers by June! But make sure to set some time from your planting and plowing to come by the Horatio Library and check out all the new arrivals in DVD’s, books and activities. For April the spotlight is on Mystery. In the spotlight is a collection of Agatha Christie and the “Inimitable Hercule Poirot”. Come in and check out the “Who Done Its” at the library.

The Lockesburg Library will mark Barbara Park’s birthday during the month of April. Park was an American Author of the popular Junie B. Jones children’s series. The June B. Jones series was written for young readers and included around 30 different books. The series has sold over 55 million copies in North America alone. She won seven Children’s Choice Awards, and four Parents’ Choice Awards. Stop in or call Ms. Wendy at the Lockesburg Library.

Susie says the Gillham Library has received from Kendra Maloney 10 books by the national bestselling author Jodi Thomas. Robert Billingsley donated 10 children DVD’s. Come by and check out these new titles. One Saturday each month we have a Story time and Crafts. We are open Tuesday and Thursday 9-5 and Saturday 9-2. Call Ms. Susie for the date at 870-386-5665.




March 2017

March at the De Queen Library is the month of Mysteries.

We will have a wonderful display of all the good mysteries of the library.
The “Featured Author” for the month of March will be John Grisham. Grisham was born in Jonesboro Arkansas, lived till he was 4 years old and his family moved Southaven Mississippi. Grisham is an American bestselling writer, attorney, politician, and activist best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. As of 2012, his books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide.
Grisham's first bestseller, The Firm, sold more than seven million copies.

“Adult Activities” is every Wednesday at 10 am. Lots of Adult Coloring, Dominos, games, cards and more! Call the De Queen Branch at 584-4364 for more information.

Joan says the Horatio Library recently received a donation from the family of a local resident. It consists of 24 volumes of history of the American frontier. It’s opening up and settlement of the old west was one of history’s real-live dramas.
The setting itself is overwhelming: vast, sever, wondrously beautiful and brutally demanding. It promised both paradise and pain to those who came searching for its riches. From Indians who lived in harmony with the wilderness to the firs trappers, gunfighters, cowboys, sodbusters, railroad builders and pioneer school teachers.
The old west’s places and characters can be found in the beautifully leather bound books with a master index published by time-life will be the spotlight for the month of March.
There will be new best-sellers and books are for every age group arriving throughout the month.

The Lockesburg Library has two events scheduled for March. On Saturday March 4 at 10:00 am the book club will discuss the autobiography, “I am Malala” by Mala Yousafzai. Malala is the inspiring young girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. On Saturday, March 11th the “Mommy and Me” preschool group will meet to celebrate Dr Seuss’ birthday with a “Green Eggs and Ham” program at 10 am. Ms. Wendy at the Lockesburg Library adds new books almost weekly. Stop in and find your next good read.

Susie at the Gillham Library says that Spring is right around the corner and we have two new books. “The Fruit Gardener’s Bible by Lewis Hill and “the Vegetable’s Gardener’s Bible” by Edward Smith. Lots of new DVD’s also, come in and check them out. We have approximately 50 Large Print books for sale for 50 cents each. Some are hardback but most are softback fiction and mystery books. They are in good shape. We are open Tuesday and Thursday 9-5 and Saturday 9-2.


February 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Do you need a date for Valentine’s Day? Stop in the De Queen Library and pick out a blind date. What better way to spend it than to cuddle with a good book? Available now, come in and have a date every day.

We will be having a Valentine Story and Movie February 8th at 4 pm. Ms. Carolyn will be reading “Valentine’s Day is Cool” and watching “Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day”.
The first 30 children will receive a goody bag.

“Adult Activities” is every Wednesday at 10 am. Lots of Adult Coloring, Dominos, games, cards and more! Call the De Queen Branch at 584-4364 for more information.

Joan at the Horatio Library says it's great weather for curling up with a good book and you can find that at Horatio Library. I am proud to say that I have 11 of the 15 listed best sellers, not bad for a branch library. The credit goes to the board of the Tri-County Regional Library System. Thanks so much for all your good work.

February is Black History month and the spotlight this month goes to "Ruled by Race" by Grif Stockley.

Mr. Stockley is an Arkansas resident and author of many books. He has worked with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, the Disability Center and the Arkansas branch of the ACLU.

My plans for Black History month will be the showing of a DVD at 10 am each Saturday morning. DVDs include “Selma Lord Selma" and "Ruby Bridges". and other movies set in that time period. So come join us, I might even pop some popcorn!

Are you a stay-at-home mom of a toddler? Think about attending the Lockesburg Library program “Mom and Me.” While meeting with other moms and toddlers you and your child can interact together and explore learning, floor play and circle time. Plans are being made to include a “Mom’s Book Club” and discussion group as part of the “Mom and Me” program. Another option we offer at the Lockesburg Library is the “Letter of the Week” packets to take home and use with your preschool child. Call Wendy Clay at 289-2233 for more information on how to be a part of the group.

The Gillham Library has new on the shelf “The Last Ranch” by Michael McGarrity and John Sandford's “Escape Clause”. Author Jojo Moyes has been a favorite for some of the ladies here in Gillham. Call and get on the list for her books. We are open Tuesday and Thursday 9-5 or Saturday 9-2 at the Gillham Library or call Ms. Susie at 386-5665.


January 2017


Please be safe in your journeys this holiday. We would like to thank each and every one of our patrons for your support this past year and hope to see each one of you in the future at the De Queen Library.

There will be Popcorn and a Movie January 14, 2017 @ 10 am. We will be watching "Finding Dory" so swim on in.

The Library will be closed January 16th.

Author of the month for January is Arkansas writer Charlaine Harris. Harris  is an American bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years.  She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre. She is best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, (also known as Sookie Stackhouse Series) which HBO later adapted for its dramatic series entitled True Blood.

"Adult Activities is every Wednesday at 10 am. Lots of Coloring, games and more! Come in and see what new things we will have in the new year!

Joan at the Horatio Library would like to thank all the patrons of Horatio Library for your friendship and support over the past year. You make my job easier and I hope that I have brightened your days. I look forward to 2017 and lots of fun, laughter, and tears with all of you and I wish all of you a happy and prosperous New Year.

Our spotlight for January is going to focus on the art work of the late James Klyne Underwood, a 1953 graduate of Horatio High School and graduate of University of Arkansas. He was a brilliant artist and the bulk of his black and white ink drawings was of the region.

Two books of his artwork were published by his brother and donated to a local resident. It will be on display for the month of January, so come join us.

The education process does not suddenly begin when a child reaches the age of five and enters kindergarten and at the Lockesburg Library we are planning to expand our preschool programs in the new year. Ms. Wendy at the Lockesburg Library has already added to its homeschooling section with new "how-to" homeschool books for parents and the "Letter of the Week" program. Plans are being made for a "Mommy and Me at the Library" on every other Thursday at 2pm beginning January 28th.

The Gillham Library received books and magazines from Dianne Rosson. The book "My Very Good, Very Bad Cat by Amy Newmark, has 101 true stories which are perfect for reading out loud to the family. They are guaranteed to keep a smile on your face! Check it out Tuesday and Thursday 9-5 or Saturday 9-2 at the Gillham Library or call Ms. Susie at 386-5665.



December 2016

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Let us all remember the reason for the season.

Come in and join us at the De Queen Library for the 1st annual Community Christmas Gift Exchange. December 12th, -December 22nd. How does it work you ask? Buy a $5.00 gender neutral gift. You bring it into the library and exchange it for one that has been brought in. Ta-dah you have a secret gift to open on Christmas morning.

Cocoa with Mrs. Claus will be December 17, 2016 at 11:00 am. There will be a story, craft, hot cocoa and a special guest.

The De Queen Library’s display of interesting things is in the 2nd street windows. Drive by and see what will be going on.

Wednesdays at 10 am at the De Queen Library is “Adult Activities. Lots of Coloring, games and more!

Joan at the Horatio Library says Here it is Christmas time again! Don’t forget the reason for Christmas, is not to receive but to give. Remember the gifts of the 3 wise men? Be like them. Look until you find someone in need and give from your heart. Don’t tell anyone else, the 3 wise men certainly didn’t tell King Herod.
In fact, if you haven’t already given, Horatio Library is participating in the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, there is a donation box at the front desk and it isn’t yet running over, in fact I’ll be glad to get another box!
On December 17th there will be a story time at 10:30am. All children 3-8 years are invited. There will be stories, songs and maybe if you’ve been nice and not naughty there will be some special gift from Mrs. Santa. So bring a friend and come join the party. This month’s spotlight has to be on Christmas, so come by at night and see the beautiful trees at the Horatio Library.

Season Greeting from Lockesburg Library! The last book club discussion of the year will be December 3rd at 10:00 am. We will discuss “Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen. There will be hot tea and finger foods served for patrons during this time. “A Pirates Night Before Christmas” will be the children’s story time and program, Thursday December 22nd at 3:00 pm. American sign language for letters of the alphabet are added to our “Letter of the Week” program for preschool. Call Mz. Wendy at 289-2233 for more information.

Susie at the Gillham Library says they received 30 children DVDs this month from patron Janice Hobbs. We now have the complete set of Land Before Time. Gillham Library is open Tue. & Thur. 9-5 and Sat. 9-2. Call Ms. Susie at 386-5665 for any questions that you might have.


November 2016


Please be safe in all your travels this holiday!

Katie with AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be at the De Queen Library November 2nd at 4:00 pm for the kickoff story time of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. Time to clean out them closets! Bring a sweater to the Library and teach your child to share by donating a gently worn sweater, coat, gloves or hat. Let’s show Clifford how generous our community is.

November 1st – 31st is Food for Fines at all Sevier County Libraries.
Food for Fines is a way to help local patrons and local food banks. Bring any nonperishable food item into the library for a one-dollar reduction per item in existing overdue fines. Food is accepted for fines on returned library materials only, not for replacement of lost or damaged items. And of course All donations are accepted.

The De Queen Library will have a little something special this year through the end of the year. Every Tuesday through Friday from dark - 9:00 pm there will be a display of interesting things in the 2nd street windows. Drive by and see what will be going on.

Don’t forget Wednesdays at 10 am at the De Queen Library is “Adult Activities. Lots of Coloring, games and more!

Joan at the Horatio Library says Many thanks to Tri-County Regional Library System for their support. It has made possible the purchase of a wonderful piece of art for the “Kiddie Korner” section of the library. It is a statue of a boy reading and a girl pointing out the words for him. It really adds to that part of the library and believe that children and adults will enjoy for years to come!
It’s that time of year to count our blessings and one of mine is being part of the Sevier County Library System and for those many patrons and strangers I have met and friends I’ve made. So in keeping with that theme, the spotlight this month will be on the “Kiddie Korner” and juvenile books about Thanksgiving!
Also there are new books on the way and book sale of duplicates that have been donated. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Lockesburg Library's book club discussion on the book “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Tomas Hardy will be on Saturday, November 12, at 10:00 am. Popcorn and coloring –it’s not just for kids anymore. Join us November 17th at 10:00 for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided.
The library is now providing “Letter of the Week” packets for toddler and preschool age kids who are working to learn the alphabet. If you are interested in being a part of this new program call Mz. Wendy at 289-2233.

The Gillham Library received a donation of 25 Juvenile Houghton Mifflin Reading Phonic Library Books from Mari Avila. They have beautiful color photos and each book is 60-63 pages in length.
We will be hosting the Mister Roger’s Neighborhood Sweater Drive beginning November 1st so bring in gently worn items.
We have not set a date for the Nov. Crafts for Kids. We will announce that a little later in the month. You can call me Susie at the Gillham Library for more information 386-5665



October 2016  


Our “Adult coloring” at the De Queen Branch has become “Adult Activities” with games, cards, bingo and coloring, Wednesdays at 10 am. It is really relaxing, especially visiting with folks. So while the kids and grandkids are in school come on out at join in the fun.

Happy Halloween from the De Queen Library. In celebration of All Hallows’ Eve we will be having a spooky good story October 26, 2016 and the first 30 children will receive a free plastic pumpkin, a book, and a snack. Carolyn will be reading about the lady who wasn’t afraid of anything.

October 31st is Books for Treats Day. Giving books instead of candy shows kids you care about them and are encouraging them to read. This not only helps raise their interest in reading, but raises their feeling that the community cares about their future. Literacy is key to success in today's society. Book reading encourages curiosity, imagination and life-long learning.

Joan at the Horatio Library says look up the definition of “Library” in any dictionary and it is “A place in which to store literary and artistic materials such as, books periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, and prints are kept for reference reading.”
Today, Libraries have progressed beyond that definition, not only printed materials but DVD’S, Audio books, public computers with free internet access, copiers, faxes and even voter registration forms.

Personally, my favorite is still books. A good book with a story line that is well written, a plot that twists and turns, and a bookmark that says “Don’t bug me, I’m Reading” and I am good for the rest of the day.

October spotlight will be n author Sandra Brown. Her new book “Sting” and other thrillers. She is a very predictable writer but when she decides to write a serious thriller she always does a good job. Among my favorites are “Fat Tuesday”, “Friction”, “Mean Streak” and many others. So come in and check out the Horatio Library, A place where printed materials are kept for reference and reading.

The Lockesburg Library's book club discussion on the book “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson will be on Saturday, October 8 at 10:00 AM. The library is now providing “Letter of the Week” packets for toddler and preschool age kids who are working through the alphabet. If you are interested in being a part of this new program Call Mz. Wendy at 289-2233. A children’s story time featuring the book “Room on the Broom” will be October 15th at 10:00 AM.

Susie at the Gillham Library will be hosting Crafts for Kids Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the new time of 12:30. Dianne Rosson of the Extension Homemakers Club is sponsoring the class.

She will be reading a story before the crafts. We received as a donation the complete set of Twilight Saga DVD’s from patron Alicia Helms of Gillham. For more information call 386-5665



Sevier County Library System

De Queen Horatio Gillham Lockesburg
200 West Stilwell Avenue
(870) 584-4364
108 Main Street
(870) 832-6882
202 West 2nd Street
(870) 386-5665
112 East Main Street
(870) 289-2233
Mon-Fri   9a - 5p
Sat         9a - 12p
Tues & Thurs      9:30a-5:00p
Closed for Lunch 12:30p-1p
Wednesday        1:00-5:00p
Sat                    9a-12p
Tues & Thurs      9:00a-5:00p
Closed for Lunch 12:30p-1p
Sat                    9a-2p
Wed & Thurs      8:30a-5:00p
Closed for Lunch 12:30p-1p
Sat                    8:30a-12:30p

Neighboring Polk County Library

109 S Main Street           (Old Post Office)
Wednesday        Noon - 5:00pm
Thursday         9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday             9:00am - 5:00pm