Monday, June 18, 2012

Raffle Winners

  • Book Wallet & 2 $25 GC to Glamazon: Tina Hart
  • Amen Corner Framed Photo Collection: Shelton
  • Rick Yancey book collection: Shelton
  • Hatchet/Woods Runner & 2 $20 GC to Red Oak Manor Restaurant: Jackie Kelley
  • Hatchet/Woods Runner & GC to Renee Meyer Dean Photography: Denise McQueary
  • Kathy Reichs book collection: Denise McQueary
  • Carrie Brooks print Canal Headgates: Darrell Byrd
  • Carrie Brooks print Riverwalk Scene: Sue Brass
  • National Hills large framed photo: Sue Brass
  • Rich Howe watercolor: Barbara Jones
  • Signed books Break No Bones & Robopocalypse: Chris Wieberdink
  • Signed books To Fetch a Thief & The Sixth Man: Susan Davis
  • Signed books Woods Runner, Passion, & Nyx in the House: Roger Garvin
  • $250 GC for Chain Reaction: Erin O'Malley
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who supported our library this weekend!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Books Alive This Weekend!

Books Alive Festival is this Saturday! You won't want to miss the Books Alive Grand Finale Laser Light Spectacular! Set to the music of The Beatles, Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., and many others, this FREE ADMISSION laser light spectacular will entertain the entire family. Bring a few chairs and some blankets to enjoy this incredible show! Evans Towne Center Park, Saturday, June 16th @ 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

2012 Books Alive

Columbia County Reads Together 2012 Author:


About Carl Hiaasen:
“A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the paper's weekly magazine and later its prize-winning investigations team. Since 1985 Hiaasen has been writing a regular column, which at one time or another has pissed off just about everybody in South Florida, including his own bosses. He has outlasted almost all of them, and his column still appears on most Sundays in The Herald's opinion-and-editorial section. It may be viewed online at or in the actual printed edition of the newspaper, which, miraculously, is still being published. For his journalism and commentary, Hiaasen has received numerous honors, including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Hiaasen’s work has also appeared in many well-known magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Life, Esquire and, most improbably, Gourmet.
Tourist Season, published in 1986, was Hiaasen's first solo novel. GQ magazine called it "one of the 10 best destination reads of all time," although it failed to frighten a single tourist away from Florida. His next effort, Double Whammy, was the first (and possibly the only) novel about sex, murder and corruption on the professional bass-fishing circuit.

Hiaasen made his children's book debut with
Hoot (2002), which was awarded a Newbery Honor and spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller lists. For young readers he went on to write Flush (2005) and Scat (2009). Chomp, a new novel for young readers, will be published by Knopf in early 2012. The film version of Hoot was released in 2006, directed by Wil Shriner and produced by Jimmy Buffett and Frank Marshall. ("Hoot" is now available on DVD). Buffett plays a teacher in the movie, while the author himself makes a cameo appearance.”

(Taken from the author’s website:

Event Info:
Carl Hiaasen will be joining us on June 16th at the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater (7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans, GA 30809)

Books Alive schedule of events June 16th, 2012:For more information, please contact the library at 706-863-1946.

Family Activities:

     -Martinez/Evans Fire Trucks and fire safety display
     -Water Slides
     -Williams Sonoma Healthy Snacks for Kids demonstrations
11am: Okefenokee Joe at the Main Stage. Children’s naturalist—features live

12:30pm: Butterfly Release (while supplies last) at the Main Stage
1-3pm: Story times featuring local celebrities. Held in the story time tents.
1:30 & 2:00pm: Reed Creek Nature Park Presents: Poisonous Animals
     followed by 
Poisonous Plants
3pm: Owls: Presentation featuring live owls from the Ruth Patrick Science Center
     at the Main 
9:15pm: Books Alive Grand Finale: Laser Light Spectacular

Teen Activities:

     -Sidewalk Chalk at the Teen Tent (Grades 6-12 please)
     -Scavenger Hunt at the Teen Tent (Grades 6-12 please. Prizes available!)
4pm: Carl Hiaasen Young Adult Talk at the Main Stage.
5pm: Carl Hiaasen young adult book signing (limited to guests 12th grade and

Adult Activities:

     -Raffle and Silent Auction
11-4pm: Local Author Event in the Gazebo. Featuring authors from around the
     CSRA. You 
just might find a new favorite!
5:30-7pm: Special (rocking!) appearance by variety cover band,
     The Unmentionables

5:30-7:00pm: Carl Hiaasen VIP Reception at the Main Tent. Tickets are $50
     available by calling 706.447.7663.
7:30pm: Carl Hiaasen Keynote at the Main Stage. (Adult oriented. May not be
     suitable for 
young children.)
8:30pm: Carl Hiaasen book signing

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It has taken a little longer than expected to get these pictures together, but here they are--finally! Hope you had as much fun as we did!

The line stretched quite a ways...

But the wait was worth it!

Commissioner Ron Cross and Charlaine Harris

A several minutes before the show started, an empty seat was hard to come by.

Members of the Library Board, Norma Hickman and Wilma Wade, and Friends of the Library President, Barbara Williams.

Some of the 400+ fans we saw.

The line to get a signature.

Two happy attendees!

Thank you to the Library Staff who made this possible!

Friday, January 08, 2010

If You're Planning to Attend...

Our annual Columbia County Reads Together program will be held in the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center on January 23rd. Doors will be opened at 6:30pm. The program will begin at 7:00pm with a booksigning afterward. Admittance is free of charge.

Due to overwhelming demand for this event, we will be handing out 450 tickets on a first-come first-serve basis at 6:00pm on the 23rd. WE WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTING ANY PRIOR TO 6:00pm. You MUST have a ticket to be allowed admittance. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us adhere to our fire and emergency safety standards.

Monday, November 16, 2009

2010 Columbia County Reads Together Author Annouced

And the author is...

Charlaine Harris!!

Columbia County Library is pleased to present Charlaine Harris for our Winter Chills program on January 23rd at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Theater. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the program will begin promptly at 7:00pm.
Ms. Harris is the author of the Aurora Teagarden series of mysteries and the Sookie Stackhouse series which inspired the HBO series, TrueBlood.
To prepare for the main event, the Columbia County Libraries will be hosting book discussions for the Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead and Gone, and the Aurora Teagarden mystery, Poppy Dead and Gone:
  • Evans book discussion: January 11th @ 6:30pm
  • Harlem book discussion: January 14th @ 2:00pm
  • Euchee Creek book discussion: January 19th @ 6:30pm

Please join us for these discussions, and don't miss the main event on January 23rd at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Authors for the 2010 Main Event

As the summer peaks, we are hard at work contacting authors for next year's Columbia County Reads Together program.
Our reference staff has contacted several potential authors for this annual event including:

David Baldacci-author of Absolute Power and The Simple Truth. He writes legal thrillers that weave suspense with the nation's most powerful institutions.

Nevada Barr-author of the Anna Pigeon series of mysteries which features a female park ranger as its protagonist.

Charlaine Harris-author of the Sookie Stackhouse series of Southern Vampires (the inspiration for the TV series True Blood).

Carl Hiassen-author of the sharply humorous thrillers Double Whammy, Sick Puppy, and Nature Girl.

Kathy Reichs comes to Augusta

The line for booksigning.

An avid fan.
A member of the community purchases a book for Ms. Reichs to sign.

Branch Manager, Anita Patterson, and our Guest of Honor.

Commissioner Ron Cross and Ms. Reichs.