Poetry Contest Winners Announced

The Waycross-Ware County Public Library celebrated National Poetry Month this April with a pocket poems, a poet-tree and a poetry contest. Here are the three winners:


Author: Haley B
Age: 12
Title: Millie and Dixie: My Dogs
Poem: Millie whines. Dixie barks.
Millie likes yards. Dixie likes parks.
Dixie eats slowly, and quietly.
Millie is a pig.
Dixie likes to sleep.
Millie likes to eat bugs.
Dixie is scared of thunder, and lighting.
Millie just whines “This isn’t frightening.”
I love both the dogs, but I have to say,
Millie is more exciting than Dixie any day!


Author: Ben B
Age: 11
Title: Dixie Eats Books
Poem: Dixie eats books, especially library books.
(Not from this one, that’s good.)
We hide the books, Dixie finds the books.
Dixie loves books, in a bad way.
But now Dixie has a Kennel and Playmate, so now books win.


Author: Samuel B
Age: 9
Title: The Talking Sunflower
Poem: I love to run in the fields of flowers.
I like the sunflowers.
I like to run in the flowers!

Sonja Tonpea to visit WCPL

Activist and filmmaker Sonja Tonpea is the author of the poignant documentary ‘Westfield’ Struggles to Success. This film portrays the stories and struggles faced by Westfield Village, an industrial labor town near Birmingham, AL plagued by poverty and segregation. Despite these adversities, the Westfield community was tightly knit and produced many success stories, such as baseball legend Willie Mays and Federal Judge U.W. Clemon. The Waycross-Ware County Public Library is honored to have Tonpea, who grew up in the Westfield community, visit on Monday, March 23, 2015, to present her film. The movie will start at 6:00 pm and a discussion will follow.


Libraries Closed for Staff Day 2015

In our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible service, the Okefenokee Regional Library System is closing library branches on March 13, 2015 for staff improvement. We will be bringing staff from all library branches to the Waycross branch for a day-long training. Dawn Dale from the Georgia Public Library Service will be coming to train staff with the Evergreen library management software and answer questions. There will also be workshops for Overdrive e-resources and the LibData computer management software. Additionally, staff will be introduced to some of the new equipment purchased with the 2014 Major Repair and Renovation grant funding. Training with this equipment will allow staff members to better assist patrons in the future.

Books can still be returned to book drops and all library branches will be open for regular hours after Friday.

Appling Branch Remodeling

After a great deal of planning, construction at the Appling County Public Library branch is now underway. Upgrades to the building will include new lights, fresh paint, new bathrooms, theater equipment in the program room, and improved staff areas. The patron computer area will have tidier and safer connections to the network. This is the first major update to the library space since the children’s room was remodeled in 2009. The remodel is thanks to SPLOST funding voted on by the citizens of Appling County and matching grant funding from the state of Georgia. The library is excited to offer improved services and facilities to patrons in the near future.

Library in progress:

appling remodel

Program room:

program room

Tech Tuesdays @Your Library!

Beginner and intermediate classes are coming soon to an OKRLS branch near you! August saw very successful classes at the Pierce County Public Library with a high turnout. Now that the pilot classes at Pierce are coming to an end, we’ll be moving on to the other branches. Classes will be on the following dates/times:

October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30