Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's @ the Movies is in your Library

Sometimes the book is better than the movie. Join us as we discover the books behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters…new and old. All of the books featured here can be found at your local Little Dixie Regional Library!

Book: “Bridget Jones Diary” by Helen Fielding (1996)
Written like a diary, this story covers one year in the life of Bridget Jones. Jones is a thirty-something single working woman living in London. She writes about her career, the way she sees herself, dieting, exercise, family, friends, and romantic relationships. Chosen as one of the ten novels that best defined the 20th century, in a survey conducted by The Guardian (A United Kingdom) newspaper.

Movie: “Bridget Jones Diary” Released in theaters in 2001 and stars Hugh Grant, Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth. A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Little Dixie Dispatch: New Large Print Nonfiction

the counties of Randolph and Monroe through its four branches
located in Moberly, Madison, Huntsville, and Paris. 

Each branch is open six days a week, 
and we can always be contacted at any time through our website 

Our ever changing collections, entertaining programs, and friendly staff
 make your local library a great place to visit. 

For more information, give us a call at 660-263-4426.

Nonfiction Large Print
Jesus: a Biography From a Believer” by Paul Johnson (2010) Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war, and yet few have ever held forth as movingly on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy. In his intelligent and conversational style, Paul Johnson distills the life of this complex subject into a succinct, highly readable work - the ideal match of a major historian with a major subject.

First Family: Abigail and John” by Joseph Ellis (2010) John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.

The Truth About Psychics” by Sylvia Browne (2010) A new book from the celebrity psychic traces the history of spirituality, and explains what's true, what's not, and how to tell the difference.

Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny” by Marlo Thomas (2010) For as long as Marlo Thomas can remember, she's lived with laughter. Born to comedy royalty--TV and nightclub star Danny Thomas--she grew up among legendary funny men, carved much of her career in comedy and, to this day, surrounds herself with people who love and live to make others laugh. In this long-awaited memoir, Thomas takes us on a funny and heartwarming adventure

Monday, January 24, 2011

What's at the Movies is in your Library, "Inkheart"

Sometimes the book is better than the movie. Join us as we discover the books behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters…new and old. All of the books featured here can be found at your local Little Dixie Regional Library!

Book: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke (2003) 
     Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Movie: "Inkheart" (Released in Theaters January 23, 2009) Starring Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany and Helen Mirren, “Inkheart” tells the story of a young girl, who discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Winnie the Pooh Day

It's time for a celebration! 
January 18th is "Winnie the Pooh Day"

In case you've lived under a rock and don't know who Winnie is, here's a bit of background. Written by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh came into existence in the 1920's. According to, "This book includes a poem about a Teddy Bear who 'however hard he tries grows tubby without exercise.' This was Pooh's first unofficial appearance in A.A. Milne's writing. 'When We Were Very Young' proved to be an instant success and sold over 50,000 copies within eight weeks.
Pooh bear writing a letter
It was not until 1925 that Pooh officially came into being. Milne's contribution for the Christmas Eve issue of the Evening News was a bedtime story that he had made up for his son about adventures he had with his Teddy Bear who was known as Winnie the Pooh. It was also at this time that the Milne family moved to the cottage at Cotchford Farm in Sussex which later provided the setting for the Pooh books"
Since these stories were published, the world of Christopher Robin (the young boy who's bear Pooh is), Pooh, Eeyore (the pessimistic donkey with a lost tail), Rabbit, Tigger (the energetic bouncing tiger), Piglet, and the Mother/Son duo Kanga and Roo has erupted. Appearing in countless books, the pals from the 100 Acre wood have become cartoon and movie stars. Countless plays, musicals, movies, commercials have been created. Not to mention the enormous amount of toys, games, and clothing manufactured featuring these characters each year.
So in your travels today, spare a bit of time for Winnie and his pals in the 100 Acre woods. 
Why don't you stop by and see what your local library has by A.A. Milne or about Winnie? You may be surprised!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chilton's Online Database

With rising economic costs these days, more and more people are choosing to do repairs to their vehicles themselves. What could be better than having Chilton's auto manuals at your fingertips, for free, ONLINE, from your local library?  Chilton's Manuals are updated almost daily, easily searchable, with almost any make, model, or year of automobile.

Little Dixie Regional Libraries offers free access to the online Chilton's auto manuals through our website to any patron with a library card. 

Interested in logging in and checking out Chilton's?

Follow these easy steps and you'll be on your way to fixing and maintaining your vehicle today!

2. On the top menu bar, click on Online Databases
3. In the drop down menu, click Automotive
4. Click on the green Chilton's Library Automotive Logo
5. Enter your library card number...This should be the 10-digit number found on the back of your card starting with 920.......
6. Click Proceed
7. Voila! There you are! Your in Chilton's Automotive Repair

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library for help.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Little Dixie Regional Libraries Board Meeting

The Little Dixie Regional Libraries Board Meeting will occur on Thursday, January 13th. 
For more information on the topics on the agenda, please contact the library.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Farmer's Almanac Online!

Without a doubt, one of the most requested Reference books is the "Old Farmer's Almanac." A great resource for farmer's and burgeoning astronomers. Jokes, riddles, handy tips, weather predictions, planting tips...all since the days of Benjamin Franklin are in the pages of this handy dandy book. 

Did you know that you can get all of this now online? 
Check out for this and much more.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Little Dixie Reading Group - "Sarah's Key"

"Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay
January 20, 2011 @ 5:15pm

Julia, an American journalist is investigating the roundup of Jews from Paris in 1942. In her research, she finds that she is tied to Sarah. Sarah, in her attempt to save her brother from the roundup, locks him in a cupboard and promises to come back for him. Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah.

Everyone is welcome to join in a lively literary discussion of books from today and yesterday. Library book discussions will be in the Moberly Library Board Room.

Check out our website ( to reserve this book today!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Truman and Treats

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
January 10-14th, 2011

What: 2010-2011 Truman Reader Award Nominees & Treats
Where: Moberly Public Library Programming Room
Who: Middle School Students
When: 3:30-5:00 pm daily for 1 straight week

Join us each evening for a middle school read-aloud hour (and a half). Each day for 5 straight days, we will read one chosen Truman Reader Award Nominee. And we'll provide the treats! See the Little Dixie Regional Libraries website Calendar or Facebook for more information.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* In the spring of 1776, Isabel, a teenage slave, and her sister, Ruth, are sold to ruthless, wealthy loyalists in Manhattan. While running errands, Isabel is approached by rebels, who promise her freedom (and help finding Ruth, who has been sent away) if she agrees to spy. Using the invisibility her slave status brings, Isabel lurks and listens as Master Lockton and his fellow Tories plot to crush the rebel uprisings, but the incendiary proof that she carries to the rebel camp doesn’t bring the desired rewards. Like the central character in M. T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing duet, Isabel finds that both patriots and loyalists support slavery. The specifics of Isabel’s daily drudgery may slow some readers, but the catalogue of chores communicates the brutal rhythms of unrelenting toil, helping readers to imagine vividly the realities of Isabel’s life. The story’s perspective creates effective contrasts. Overwhelmed with domestic concerns, Isabel and indeed all the women in the household learn about the war from their marginalized position: they listen at doors to rooms where they are excluded, and they collect gossip from the streets. Anderson explores elemental themes of power (“She can do anything. I can do nothing,” Isabel realizes about her sadistic owner), freedom, and the sources of human strength in this searing, fascinating story. The extensive back matter includes a documented section that addresses many questions about history that readers will want to discuss. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

What other books will be featured?
"The Adoration of Jenna Fox" by Mary E. Pearson - February 14th-18th
"Jump the Cracks" by Stacy DeKayser - March 14th-18th
"Compound" by S.A. Bodeen - April 11th-15th

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What's @ the Movies is in your Library

Sometimes the book is better than the movie. Join us as we discover the books behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters…new and old. 
All of the books featured here can be found at your local Little Dixie Regional Library!

Book“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak (1964)

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal and other awards.

Movie: “Where the Wild Things Are” Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters--but being king may not be as carefree as it looks! Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually astonishing film version of Maurice Sendak's celebrated children's classic, starring an amazing cast of screen veterans and featuring young Max Records in a fierce and sensitive performance as Max. Released in theaters October 16, 2009 and now can be found on DVD.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Little Dixie Dispatch: Exercise and Diet Materials

     Little Dixie Regional Libraries encompasses the counties of Randolph and Monroe through its four branches located in Moberly, Madison, Huntsville, and Paris. 

Each branch is open six days a week,
 and we can always be contacted at any time through our website (

Our ever changing collections, entertaining programs, and friendly staff 
make your local library a great place to visit. 

For more information, give us a call at 660-263-4426.

Exercise and Diet Materials
The Maker’s Diet” by Rubin Jordan (2004) Using a truly holistic approach to health, this groundbreaking book leads you on a journey that will change your life. 
365 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism” by Rachel Laferriere (2010) Reducing your weight and making your metabolism work for you!

This is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever)” by Jackie Warner (2010) 20 minutes to a faster metabolism : my 2-week cardio plan

The Four Day Diet” by Ian Smith (2009) Plan on reducing your weight through this fast, and easy plan

The Best Life Diet” by Bob W. Greene (2006) Focuses on Nutrition, Physical Fitness and Weight Loss

Beat Stress with Meditation” by Naomi Ozaniec (2010) Provides a practical, step-by-step introduction to meditating with guide and progressive exercises throughout, and is suitable even if you have never meditated before.

The Pilates Handbook” by Roger Brignell (2009) Focuses on the eight principles of pilates 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Brown Bags and Books Reading Group - "South of Broad"

"South of Broad" by Pat Conroy
January 10th @ 12PM

From Bookmarks Magazine

Pat Conroy's highly anticipated work earned a decidedly lackluster response from critics, who cited overblown prose, cardboard characters, and implausible plot twists among the novel's key sins. The Dallas Morning News quite candidly noted: "[H]e goes on and on—and on—about the glories of Charleston, S.C., to the point that many readers will be tempted to hurl the book into the nearest vessel of water." But the news wasn't all bad. The Chicago Sun-Times hailed the novel as "a gripping saga," and even disappointed critics, many of them longtime Conroy fans, admitted the 500-plus page novel contained moments of glorious storytelling. Overall, however, readers may find their time better spent rereading Conroy's beloved The Prince of Tides.

For more information, please contact Little Dixie Regional Libraries