We would like to thank Joy Johnson, Ollie Pearson, Robert Taylor, and Sarah Taylor for their beautiful singing and piano playing of Negro Spirituals this week.

You have just a few more days to view our special display for Black History Month, “Local African-Americans of Achievement.” The following people are featured in this year’s display: Ms. Shelese Arnold, Mr. Dantrail Dwight Brown, Mrs. Summer Johnson Brown, Mr. Jonathan David Deberry, Mrs. Bianca Johnson Forney, Mr. William O. Forney, Mr. Alan Wade Johnson, Mr. Derrick Lemond Johnson, LTC James Earl Kizer, Mrs. Cora Mae Campbell-Mackey, Mr. David Mackey, Minister Sherry Beal Owens, SFC George Edward Pearson, Mrs. Laversha Renee Ellis Pritchard, Mrs. Leatha Berzelia Sparks Shockley, Mrs. Charlene Johnson Ugwu, Ms. Celeste Selene Walker, Ms. Peggy Ruth Walker, Mr. Brandon Weathers, and Mrs. Cassie Smith Williams.

Special thanks goes out to Mrs. Joy Johnson for her tireless work here at the library, especially all the effort she puts into our Black History Display. She will not allow her picture and biography to be used in the display although there have been countless requests for that to happen.  Let me just say, I have worked with this lady for the past 15 years, and you will not find a better person than Mrs. Joy. Her life has touched so many people here at the library and in the whole community; I personally have grown and received much strength from her love and friendship.  This is my standing ovation for the person I hold as the top of the list of “African-Americans of Achievement.”

The volunteers in our genealogy department are conducting a fundraiser to raise funds to purchase a subscription to Ancestry.com for the library. You may have several generations of your “Family Tree” completed for you for only $5 a generation. Please call the library at 968-3239 for an appointment.

Every Thursday, representatives from AARP will be on hand here at the library to assist you in filling out your federal income tax forms and e-filing them for you. All appointment slots are already taken; however, walk-ins will be worked in as possible. The library also is the location to pick up any tax forms you may need, including the 1040 instruction books.

Preschool Story Time will meet at 10 am on March 1. “Reading Across America” will be celebrated. This is the annual observation of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

The Library Friends have scheduled their spring book sale for March 23-26. They will also be having a yard sale around the first of May. They are accepting donations for both sales. If you have any items to donate, you may drop them off at the library or call 968-3239 to arrange for someone to pick the items up.