Reading Together for a Better Starkville

Something to do Monday, September 18!


MSU's English Dept's first Price Caldwell Visiting Writers Series reader of the new semester is Mon., Sept. 18th, poet Maggie Smith. She will be reading at 7:30 pm in the Grisham Room (3rd floor of the library). The reading will be followed by a Q&A, signing, and reception, and is open to the public.

Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Tupelo Press, SePhoto credit: Studio127 Photographyptember 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). Smith is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. PRI (Public Radio International) called it “the official poem of 2016.”

(Photo credit right: Studio127 Photography)

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presented Gift Certificates valued at $50.00 each to the seven librarians in the

Starkville Public School District.

The awards were presented May, 2017, in appreciation for the librarians helping the community's students to appreciate reading. The seven librarians receiving the awards include

Debbie Allen, Sudduth Elementary School
Linda LaFrance, Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School
Diana Bland, Overstreet Elementary School
Susan Allen, West Elementary School
Cindy McLaughlin, Armstrong Middle School
Joy Dill and Terrie Kennett, Starkville High School


Starkville Reads/BebeFreeman Fund also intends to present the six Starkville school libraries with grants of $350 each in the fall of 2017.



Great attendance for our Go Set a Watchman Panel Nov. 17, 2015,
despite the weather! See photos below!

Panelists Drs. Don Shafer, Bonnie O’Neill, and Ted Atkinson

Starkville Reads President Rob Brown introduces the panelists and the topic for the night.

Some of the many people in attendance for the discussion of Go Set a Watchman.

Audience waits for the discussion to start.

Bonnie O’Neill discusses feminism in the novel.

Don Shafer had interesting remarks to make about the character of Atticus and
Jean Louise’s coming of age in the novel.

Some students and teachers from Starkville
Academy attended the discussion.

Keep checking back for the next programs presented by Starkville Reads.


Starkville Reads sponsors free Basket of Books and Magazines
at the following places:
1. The Food Bank at St. Joseph Catholic Church
2. Emerson Family School
3. Oktibbeha County Health Department
4. The Wash Depot on Highway 25
5. The Church of God Food Pantry
6. Community Counseling Services
7. Starkville Senior Center
The books are available for free to readers at the above locations. Donations for the Basket of Books Project are also very much appreciated. Books and magazines may be donated. For more information or to donate books, contact Marty Friend ( or Jessica Hubbard ( Books may also be brought to the programs or you may email or call one of the members.

Some of Starkville Reads Advisory Board members as they leave
the meeting on March 18, 2015. From left to right, Christy Crenshaw, Ted Atkinson, Ellie Goodman, Earlie Fleming, Alice Carol Caldwell, President Rob Brown, Christina Jurasik, Simone Cottrell, and Joel Okula

If you are interested in joining our advisory board,
please contact our president Rob Brown.
We are looking for people with some new ideas!
You are welcome to just show up or contact Rob here.

Starkville Reads Advisory Board meets
every third Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. except in December.


Starkville Reads programs are free to the public,
but tax deductible contributions are very much appreciated
and may brought to our programs or mailed to

Starkville Reads
P. O. Box 80100
Starkville, MS 39759


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