Friday, September 25, 2009

Wizard of Oz turns 70

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the release of the beloved movie "The Wizard of Oz". This cinematic classic is based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum which was first published in September 1900.

The book has been reprinted countless times and spawned 13 sequels about Dorothy Gale and her friends.

Some people over the years have questioned the motive behind the book alleging that it is allegorical of the economic times in which Baum lived. Baum, however, always maintained he wrote it for the entertainment of children.

Finally, whenever movies are based on books some parts of the story change. Be sure to stop by the library to check out one of our copies of the book and see the differences for yourself.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thank you, Jessica!

We'd like to thank 7th grader Jessica Gregory for her recent donation to our library. Jessica was kind of enough to present us with a monetary gift and a new ink cartridge (which came to us just in the nick of time).

Literacy Under the Big Top

For those of you with young children or grandchildren...

The Junior Service League of Gallatin is sponsoring a literacy event on Saturday, September 26 9 AM - Noon at the Gallatin Public Library. This event will put children's literacy center-stage and offer preschoolers and elementary-aged kids a chance to experience literature in a circus setting. The carnival atmosphere will include games, face painting, treats, story times, bounce houses, prizes, and more. Admission is free.

Calling All Aspiring Filmmakers

C-Span is sponsoring a Student Documentary Competition for students in grades 6 -12. Students are encouraged to create a short (5-8 minute) documentary which includes C-Span footage on one of the following topics: one of our country's greatest strengths -OR- a challenge the country in facing. The deadline for the contest is January 20, 2010. $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. For complete details visit