Scrabble and more offered at Kohn Library

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kohn Memorial Librarian, Lisa Whitehead, is always on the lookout for new reasons to draw area residents into the library and has implemented the use of a verbal board game into the mix.

Kohn Memorial Librarian Lisa Whitehead, center, implements new Scrabble Day at the library, with players, from left: Oleta Birondo, Janie Miller, Bob Birondo and Naomi Wallace. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

"I had several people interested in playing Scrabble," Whitehead said. "I thought this would be an excellent way to create some interest in vocabulary and have fun at the same time. I offered them the use of a table here at the library to meet each week and enjoy playing board game.

"Mrs. Naomi Wallace is an avid Scrabble player and donated several board games, as well as a Scrabble board and dictionary. Janie Miller, Bob and Oleta Birondo round out the foursome that come to play at 1 p.m. each Tuesday.

They seem to be having a great time and learning new things about the game each time they play."

Scrabble is a popular word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary. The game is sold in 121 countries in 29 different language versions. Scrabble games are found in one out of every three American homes.

Mrs. Whithead took the job as new Monette Librarian on Aug. 1. She has worked for a year and a half at the Jonesboro Library in the Children's Department.

Mrs. Whithead continued the weekly story time at the Monette library this summer and followed through with a successful scavenger hunt from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Children in kindergarten through third grade searched the library building and website for clues and hidden treasurer.

"We play Wii and PS2 games once a month," Whitehead said." YA Gaming Night?Guitar Hero tournament will be held from 6-7:30 Friday, Oct. 24.

"A private donor gave us a large television screen for viewing special videos, and we do that once a month and on special occasions."

The Kohn Memorial Library is also a voter registration center for first time applicants or those wishing to change their residency.

"We have book discussion groups for adults from 10-11 a.m the first Thursday of every month," Whitehead said. "I have asked the adults to bring their favorite mystery or a book by their favorite mystery author.

"We had a juvenile book discussion group from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, for kids in grades 4-6. This month's discussion was on Gregor the Overlander.

American Sign Language for parents and their infants will be taught at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Adult computer classes for beginning genealogy will be taught at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

"I love to have people of all ages come into the library," Whitehead said. "This is meant to be a busy and useful place where people can come and learn new things together. I am always on the lookout for things that interest our library members and the community."

For more information persons may contact the Kohn Memorial Library at 486-2515, or drop in at 103 S. Edmonds Ave. in Monette. The library website is

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