From July 2011 to March 2012, the Columbia County Library Evans branch checked out over 438,000 books to its patrons (174,000 of which were adult books, and 194,000 of which were kids books!) We surpassed the biggest library in the ECGRL area (the Downtown Library) with the number of check-outs by nearly 200,000! Combined, the check outs for all three Columbia County branches reached 564,000! Way to go Columbia County! Keep on reading!
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 http://www.miamiherald.com/ 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.”
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.
-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 animals.
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 Stage. 9:15pm: Books Alive Grand Finale: Laser Light Spectacular
10-5pm: -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 younger please).
-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