FROM THE DIRECTOR
November marks a time of giving thanks. One holidaythis month is a special time that we should say thanks toour veterans who have served our country so that we canremain free. The following is a true story that I’d like toshare with you and remind you that Friday, November 11
is a special day.
A LESSON THAT SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN ALL
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGESBack in September of 2005, on the first day of school,Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher atRobinson High School in Little Rock, AK, did somethingnot to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal andthe building supervisor, she removed all of the desks fromher classroom. When the first period kids entered theroom, they discovered that there were no desks.'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell mehow you earn the right to sit at a desk.'They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.''No,' she said.'Maybe it's our behavior.'She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period.
Still no desks in the classroom. Byearly afternoon television news crews had startedgathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about thiscrazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.The final period of the day came and as the puzzledstudents found seats on the floor of the desklessclassroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day noone has been able to tell me just what he/she has done toearn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily foundin this classroom.
Now I am going to tell you.'At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty
seven (27) U.S.Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom,each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placingthe school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.
By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place, those kids started tounderstand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, justhow the right to sit at those desks had been earned.Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at thesedesks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the deskshere for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them.
It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be goodcitizens.
They paid the price so that you could have thefreedom to get an education.
Don't ever forget it.'Remember to thank a veteran today!
FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
This has been a very busy month for the Friends.We hosted the Not Just Desserts event on Thursday,Oct. 13 with the Chamber of Commerce. This was afine time for eating and entertainment. All our thanksto the members of the Decorating Committee for setting up and finishing
Georgianna Seymour, LizBabine, Beverly Raley, Kathy Kalina, Elaine Potts,Pat Carlson, Joanne Knight, and Mo Armstrong. AnitaGarrett and Debra Tew brought in gigantic sunflowersfrom Aplin Farms and created Fall
themed tabledecorations. Other flowers came from Wallis andPaula Grissett.The tables were filled with sweet and savory dishesfrom Elizabeth Babine, Brenda Minton, Elaine Potts,Roberta Hyers, Joann Knight, Martha Overstreet,Brenda Harper, Beverly Raley, Jean Beverly, KathyKalina, Georgianna Seymour, Sue Ellen Mosley, KayBurns, Ada Christian, Sara Carroll. If anyone has been omitted, we apologize and assure that all giftswere much appreciated.The fun was provided with music from DaleMoates, Jim Fenn, and Gwin Neal King. The Not JustDesserts is fast becoming the Friends big party of theyear Make a Difference Day followed on Sat. Oct. 22with many involved in indoor and outdoor library projects.
Oct 29, on Saturday morning the Friends held a book
plant sale from 8 until 12:30. A morecomplete report for this will appear in the December newsletter.A coming event on November 3 from 2 until 3 p.m.is the Yellow Dot Program sponsored by the Sheriff’sdepartment and other emergency care groups to aid people in times of need.
FOOD FOR FINES
We are approaching the holiday season and our gift to you is to allow you to pay off your fines or toreturn your long overdue books by bringing in a canof food for every $4.00 you owe. This is a great op- portunity for you to clear your record and help somefamily have a good holiday season this year. Our offer will be good until December 29