Friday, October 12

Fall Fun at Brandon Public Library

October is one of our favorite months of the year here at the Brandon Library. What's not to love? The weather is finally beginning to taper off from the scorching days of summer, and the holiday season is about to kick off with a bang. So, in that case, why not start the season off here with your local library? Trust us, you're not going to want to miss what we have coming up.

Speaking of the holidays, we all know that the last three months of the year mean celebrations, crafts, and of course, cooking. Lots and lots of cooking. Some of us have our holiday food schedules in the bag.

Others...not so much.

That's where we come in! Whether you're a seasoned stove-top veteran or a culinary amateur, we've got you covered. Check out our new Cooking Basics class series and learn how to make the holiday staples you know and love. Call the Brandon Library at (601) 825-2672 to register for:

How to Make Perfect...

  • Cornbread: Monday, October 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Biscuits: Monday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Pie Crust:Thursday, November 8 from 6:00-8:00 PM
When we're not cooking, we're crafting! Join us on Saturday, October 27 for part 1 of our Sweatshirt Jacket Art Project. You'll need a sweatshirt, material scraps, thread, and a sewing machine. If you don't have that last one, don't worry--we have a machine for you! 

Call the Brandon Library at (601) 825-2672 to register. There is a limited number of sewing machines available, so hurry while supplies last!

Already feeling that holiday stress? Make sure to stop by on Saturdays for Falun Dafa classes lead by Stephanie Zhang! Achieve inner tranquility and glean the mental and physical health benefits from the gentle meditation classes every Saturday from 2:30-3:30 PM.

Last but not least, what is October at the Brandon Library without our annual Fall Festival?

On Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 PM, join us here at the library for tons of games, snacks, face painting, bouncy houses, and more!

All ages are welcome to join in the fun, and while costumes are totally optional, they're definitely encouraged.

We'll see you there!

Thursday, October 11

Spooktacular Halloween Events at the Morton Library

Happy fall, everyone!! October is finally here which means Halloween is just around the corner, and the Morton Library is decorated and ready for some spooktacular Halloween fun! So, if you are looking for some something fun to do for Halloween; the Morton Library has got you covered! Our entire program theme for the month of October is Halloween, and we have lots of exciting things happening this month!

Preschool Story Time:

Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 we have Preschool Story Time. So bring your little ones, and join us for stories, music, and crafts! This month we will be having Halloween stories and crafts to go along with them!

Halloween Movie Night:

For our teens this month we will be having a Halloween movie night on October 18th at 5:00 p.m. We will be showing the Halloween classic, "Hocus Pocus." The movie is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, is rated (PG), and the runtime is 1hr and 35 mins. We will provide popcorn and soda for a snack while supplies last.

Spooky Stories with Dianne Butler:

Do you like spooky stories, fun costumes, and magic tricks? If so, you will love storyteller, Dianne Butler! She will be here on October 25th at 5:00 p.m. to tell spooky stories and do a few magic tricks for us! So, wear your costumes and join us in the Halloween fun!

So come by the Morton Library to check out our Halloween displays and programs this month, and maybe get a spooky book or two!

Monday, October 8

October Happenings at the Rez

I just want to take a moment to introduce myself, I am Nicholas Edward Parker. I am the new branch manager at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library. I have been at the Reservoir for a month now getting to know the library and the various patrons who visit daily.  I have been with the Central Mississippi Regional Library System for 10 months.  I look forward to getting to know each of my patrons.

National Teen Read Week
Join us for National Teen Read Week as we celebrate the week dedicated to showing teens across the nation the joys that only reading can bring! The theme for this year’s National Teen Read Week is “It’s Written in the Stars” In honor of this observance the Reservoir Library is holding a design your own bookmark contest for all our local teens! Please come to the circulation desk to get your bookmark to design your own unique take on the theme for this year. The Contest will be held October 8th through 7th. The winner will be drawn on October 15th and notify on the same day! The Grand prize is a jar of Halloween Candy! Good Luck to all our talented artist! May the best bookmark win!

Trivia Tuesday!
Every third Tuesday night we will test our trivial knowledge skills as we battle with others to win a gift card for Mugshots great food. If you are a Trivia master, then join us for the ultimate battle for the title of trivia king! Free Rotel for all and as always lots of fun and friendship!

Brown Bag Book Club
October 25th at 1 pm we will hold the first in a series of book clubs called the Brown bag book club. Bring your favorite book and a brown bag lunch for a fun-filled lunch hour of reading and friendly discussion as we dive into the world of fine dining and literature. Deserts will be provided!

Book Bubbles with Uno
Our Library fish Uno has had a very busy summer! Not only has he been checking out books to read at night in his sunken pirate ship, but he has also been in touch with some of his favorite authors over the summer with ideas about how they can better their books for their readers both fish and people alike. Come by the library to tell Uno what you would like to see in your favorite authors' books.

Thank you for being a Friend!
During the week of October 21st through the 27th, we want to thank our Library Friends Group for all that they do for the librarians who work in the libraries! We would love for you to join the Friends! Please stop by the Reservoir Library and pick up a Friends signup sheet to join this great group to give back to your local library. As a bonus, we will throw in some cookies to thank all our new friends for joining!

 Acorn Cards
During the month of October, we are starting a brand-new Library card! October 1st is the debut of our Acorn Cards! With this card, you can check out up to two items and not have to pay any fines for overdue items. We encourage all parents with young children to come to the library to sign up for one of our Acorn Cards. We also encourage our special needs patrons to register for one as well! Already have a library card but want to get an Acorn Card? No problem! We will be glad to change your account from a regular library card to an Acorn Card.  All fines from your previous library card will be waived when you sign up for an Acorn Card! During the first month, all names will be put into a drawing for a secret grand prize! What will it be? Who knows! Keep your eyes out for our library squirrel Acorn. She may be visiting her friend Uno while she is checking out books to take back to her tree to read!

Happy Halloween!
During the month of October come to the library to see our many Halloween Displays! The theme for this month is Spooktacular! Come to the Reservoir to see our very own Spooktacular display and log onto Facebook to like and share our pictures so that the Reservoir Library will win the first-place prize! While you are visiting the library keep an eye out for the pieces of candy that have been hidden throughout! Who put it there? Was it the ghost or the librarians? Be on the lookout for the many different ghost and goblins that visit the library as well during Halloween!

We have many fun and exciting events planned at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library for the month of October.  We hope to see all our patrons attend these events free of charge and encourage them to bring their friends and families with them as well so that they too can see the many services that libraries can offer them and the community.  

We hope to see you there!

CMRLS Libraries Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is an annual event held in October during the week that includes Columbus Day.  This event offers an opportunity to encourage teens to read for the fun of it.  This year’s theme, It’s Written in the Stars…Read, “encourages teens to think and read outside the box, as well as seek out fantasy, science fiction, and other out-of-this-world reads.”

The libraries within CMRLS will celebrate with exciting and unique programs throughout the week.  To see the programming available for teens this week, go to our website at

Click on Events and type Teen Read Week in the search box.

If interested in a particular program, click on the program and additional information will be shown.

Happy reading!

Friday, October 5

Brandon's October Story Walk!

October is here, which means the Brandon Public Library has a brand new story for you and your family. Come by and take a stroll around the park as you read this month's story, Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato! 

Little Elliot and his friend Mouse are about to go on an adventure, and you're invited! Tired of the noises and the crowds that come with city life,  Little Elliot and Mouse decide that they want something a little different. Together, they'll take a trip out to the sprawling countryside and learn what life is like outside the big city, enjoying the beauty of fall as they've never seen it before!

What are you waiting for? Come to the park and get your own taste of fall along with Little Elliot and Mouse today!

Thursday, October 4

Pumpkin Painting at the Richland Library

Join us on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. for Pumpkin Painting.  It will be fun for the whole family.  The Friends of the Richland Library will be providing small pumpkins as well as all the painting supplies, but you can bring your own pumpkin if you choose too.  All you need to do is bring your family and your creativity.

We are asking you to register here,  by October 17, 2018 so we can make sure to have enough pumpkins. 

Monday, October 1

Not Your Typical Taco Tuesday!

For people who love Mexican food, Taco Tuesday is their favorite night of the week! But this week, Taco Tuesday at the Forest Public Library celebrates the authentic foods and festivities of the Hispanic and Latino American culture and the heritage those traditional foods represent. The Hispanic Heritage night is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

"We have an ever-growing Hispanic and Latino American patronage at the Forest Public Library. During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated nationwide from September 15 to October 15, we schedule a celebration night to honor this important demographic of our community. Last year, the ladies of the Hispanic community served homemade empanadas, tamales, and taquitos. This year's food focus is the tasty taco with all its many varieties," states librarian Dianne McLaurin.

According to the food blog, tacos date back to the days when Montezuma and the Aztecs ruled Mexico. A fascinating reference fact found in the article entitled A Guide to Authentic Mexican Food is how the original taco served as a makeshift lunch box for the farmers in the field. Wives would wrap the food in the tortillas to take to the field pickers for their midday meals. Thus, the humble taco was born! states that the urbanization of Mexico and the movement of large groups of country people to the cities led to the popularity of those first tacos. The term taco comes from a Spanish word meaning "light snack" and soon, these snacks evolved into the street tacos that we enjoy today. The practicality of the taco in its easy-to-carry, easy-to-eat form led to taco stands springing up in Mexico City offering taco specialties from all parts of the country.

Never think of Taco Tuesday the same again! Regional differences, methods of preparations, and garnishes elevate the status of the common taco into the unique taco. Most tacos are made with soft tortillas while others are fried until crispy. The fillings can range from refried beans for the most authentic tacos to a host of bite-size meats, ranging from turf to surf. Once again referencing the article, "the taco vendors or taqueros use a huge block of wood - a tronco - resembling a tree trunk, and an impressively sharp cleaver with which to hack the meat swiftly and skillfully into the bite-size the blink of an eye."

Taco garnishes range from fresh ingredients to salsas to dried chiles. Lime wedges, radishes, cucumbers, cilantro, tomatillos, and white onions are used as toppings for traditional tacos. However, what is not found on an authentic taco is cheese...not even Mexican cheese! And tacos certainly don't come in a store-bought package!

The term "Hispanic" refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, and other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the latest census, more than 50.5 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino. This year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme is Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions. Join us Tuesday night as the library salutes the Hispanic tradition of the terrific taco! 

And a little something extra for the kids...a taco pinata!

¡Celébralo con nosotros!

How To Tuesdays Makes An Intro At The Pearl Public Library!

That's right! Lisa is on a roll! She's lining up great events for her new How To Tuesdays happening every third Tuesday of the month starting this month (October)!

First up is her Resume Writing Class, Tues. Oct. 16 at 6 p..m. which will be held in the Pearl Library's computer lab.  Lisa says she looks for this to be a successful program, because "we have noticed multiple requests for resume help - sometimes daily - from patrons, and feel like this truly is a community need."

Lisa will cover things like the basic steps to writing a resume which include using brevity (that means don't use too many - or unnecessary - words!!!), matching your skills to the job you hope to land and using key words and action verbs.

It's a free program and no reservation is needed!

Now, writing a resume is a serious matter and fits perfectly in the How To Tuesdays format, however so do events that are totally entertaining and lots of fun! And, Lisa has that covered in future programming. Uh-huh, she sure does!

How about DIY Holiday Spa Gifts! Yep! That's coming Tues. November 20 and Make Your Own Handprint Snowman Ornament on Tues. Dec. 18. Remember all the How To Tuesdays are at 6 p.m.

Hey, while we are on the subject of Tuesdays, mark your calendar for the fabulous Fall Festival, Kristen has planned for the Pearl Library's October Family Night on Tues. Oct. 9 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Yes, another free program, like all library programs are! The Fall Festival will be held outdoors in the field by the Pearl Senior Center located behind the library. Bounce houses, face painting, games and you know it...CANDY! (While supplies last this is!)

It's not called Family Night for nothing! Bring everybody!  Participants are welcome and encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

Tuesdays are happening at the Pearl Public Library! You don't want to miss a thing! 

We'll see you there!

Friday, September 28

Falun Dafa at the Brandon Library!

The Brandon Public Library is pleased to announce something new for October and November! Are you ready to let go of stress, be more energetic, and improve your health?

Yeah, we thought so. Join us on Saturday, October 6 for our first session of Falun Dafa!

Falun Dafa is a meditation practice that brings about serenity and a higher level of awareness while also greatly benefiting your physical well-being. Stephanie Zhang will be leading our sessions.

Please call the library 601-825-2672 to register.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, September 21

Brandon Book Sale!


Sponsored by the Friends of the Brandon Library
Friday, September 28th - 10 am-5 pm
Saturday, September 29th - 10 am-4 pm
Monday, October 1st - 10 am-8 pm is Bag Day
($5/bag or $10/box)

Need a movie? New series to read? Something for the kids?
The Friends of the Brandon Library Book Sale will have it!

We hope to see you there!

Friday, September 14

Special September Events at Brandon

We're half-way through September, but that doesn't mean we don't have amazing things planned here at the Brandon Public Library! Check out these two special events coming up soon:

Monday, September 17 at 6:00 pm
  • ABCDs of Medicare: Physician’s Mutual will teach us about Medicare and answer any questions we may have. This class is designed for those turning 65 in the next 6 months or so. Please call the library at 601-825-2672 to register! 
Monday, September 24 at 4:00 pm
  • Technology After You Die: Provided by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, this lesson will teach you how to plan ahead for what happens to your online accounts after you pass away, including social media, email, and passwords. Bring all passwords with you. Space is limited, so call the library at 601-825-2672 to register.

We'll see you all there!

Tuesday, September 4

Dilly Dilly To Medieval Fest Family Night At The Pearl Library!

No, we aren’t talking about celebrating a highly popular, American-style, sudsy brew, Dilly Dilly!  LOL!

No way!

Hey, did ya know that “dilly” is actually defined as excellent, outstanding even remarkable?! And, it’s also known to be a medieval “Cheers”!

SO, fittingly… dilly dilly to The Society for Creative Anachronism’s (SCA) local chapter, Shire of Iron Ox, that Kristen Hillman, the Pearl Library’s youth services supervisor, has booked to entertain all on Tues. Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. 

You don't want to miss this free program! There will be costumes, displays, food and more!

The Shire of Iron Ox, will have a demonstration of the medieval period with displays of armor and weapons. They’ll also demo combat of the Middle Ages. The group hopes to have 12 to 15 of its members come and will likely have tents, fighting ropes and stakes according to one of its officers. It will be an awesome time… Dilly Dilly! By the way, the Shire of Iron Ox is the re-enactment group seen at CelticFest in Jackson!

They’ll be dressed in period costumes so for added fun, Kristen is encouraging program participants to feel free to come dressed in medieval attire! Dilly dilly!

Hey, it’s a medieval gathering. There must be a feast, right?!?! Right.  Only this feast won’t feature all Medieval cuisine! But, there will be BREAD! What's a medieval times feast without bread, and Panera Bread in Flowood is generously donating some! Not to be outdone (just kidding!) the Pizza Shack of Jackson is donating wonderful pizza! See medieval fare won’t be the only yummies featured. But, there’s more…muuuuuuch more!

Also featured will be a Bring Your Own Potluck Dish Competition. The best dish will win a Trophy! So, there should be some really great food for everyone to enjoy!
Pictured is the trophy for Best Potluck Dish that will be awarded to a lucky potluck winner!  A name plate will be added that states Pearl Public Library Medieval Fest 2018 Best Potluck Dish.

For more information about the program you can call the Pearl Library at 601-932-2562 and ask for Kristen. To learn more about upcoming Pearl Public Library programs or programs across the Central Mississippi Regional Library System's 20 libraries, you can visit the CMRLS website at and click on EVENTS.

Anyone wanting to know more about the Shire of Iron Ox can visit their website: 


We'll see you there!

Wednesday, August 1


Summer vacation is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we ever (and we mean EVER) stop doing fun stuff at the Brandon Library! Here’s a taste of some of the things we have coming up:

  • Brandon Library Story Walk: The Brandon Library, with the help of Boy Scout Aaron Stapp, has installed a story walk just for you! Beginning at the walking trail by the playground and leading through the park, follow the path of the wooden markers that hold each month’s story inside!

  • Trivia Night: Join us on August 7 at 6:00 PM for our monthly trivia night at Lost Pizza Co. in Brandon, just across the street from the library! All ages are welcome, and the first prize is a $50 gift card to Lost Pizza!

  • Medicare Education: Are you a senior looking into Medicare? Do you need to know how much a Medicare plan costs, or which coverage plan is right for you? Join us on August 9 at 10:30 AM and learn about the ABC's of Medicare from Humana!

  • Social Security: Truth or Consequences: On August 14 at 6:00 PM, Roy and Diane Thompson, National Social Security Advisers, will be discussing Social Security and the Restricted Application process. Come find out how this process can benefit you!

  • Inventory Notice: Don’t forget, the Brandon Library will be closed August 20 – 23 for inventory. Don’t worry, though—We’ll be reopening on Friday, August 24, with a fun surprise!

  • Genealogy Surprise: On August 24 at 10:30 am, the Brandon Library will have a visitor! Anne Vanderleest, former Genealogist of the Brandon Library, will stop in to catch up with old friends and celebrate her birthday—which means that, yes, there will be food. Join us!

Remember, these are just some of the things we have coming up here at the Brandon Library. Call 601-825-2672 for more details or check the calendar under the Events Tab on the website for our other August events. We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, July 24


     It's an exciting time at the Pearl Public Library with some new programs on the horizon starting in August!  

    Hey, it's a great time to be a baby!  Pearl Pee-Wees, will be held Saturday mornings, at 10 a.m., starting August 4, for birth to 24 months.  During the program the children will have two easy picture books read to them. There will also be songs and rhymes where the children can practice such things as clapping their hands, tapping their toes and recognizing shapes and colors with the help of their parents. The parent and child will experience an enrichment playtime which may involve playing with balls, blocks, scarves or even parachutes.  

    Give me a B - I - N - G - O! What's that spell?! BINGO for Books!  A great adult program that's back by popular demand! It will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. 

    If that's not your thing, how 'bout relaxing with a movie? Got that too for adults complete with popcorn and drinks! Third Thursday Flicks will be every third Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  

    Hey, wanna learn some Spanish? Or maybe you already speak Spanish but want to learn English. You are not going to believe this, but the Pearl Public Library has that too! Spanish for Beginners, lead by Dianne Lee, a retired Pearl High School and Hinds Community College Spanish teacher, will be offered on Fridays at 10 a.m. starting in August.  

    That's not all! In addition to the already exciting Chapter 1 Book Club, which meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm., a new daytime book club for adults is coming. The  Morning Book Club will begin Wednesday, August 1 at 10 a.m. and will meet every other Wednesday. 

     See, great stuff is happening at the Pearl Public Library, and you do NOT want to miss out! Remember all programs are FREE!

      We'll see you there!

Monday, July 16

An Evening with James Meredith at Brandon Public Library!

Come to the Brandon Library for An Evening with James Meredith!
Join the Brandon and Rankin County Genealogical and Historical Societies at the Brandon Library on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00pm for their bi-monthly meeting.

Our special guest is James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi and a prominent figure of the Civil Rights Movement!

Here’s a bit of info about James Meredith, courtesy of

Born in Mississippi in 1933, James Meredith was raised on a farm with nine siblings. He joined the military after high school and attended an all-black college before becoming the first black student at the University of Mississippi in 1962. After he graduated, Meredith earned a law degree and became involved in politics. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi, and continues to be active in civil rights.

Friday, June 29

A "Daughter's" Life of Love, Pain, Forgiveness and Healing! Talk About It At the Pearl Public Library!

It's another good read at the Pearl Public Library! Amy's next Chapter 1 Book Club meeting, which is on Tues. July 10 at 6 p.m., is sure to spark emotional conversation!

Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers spans from the 1950s to present day. It’s about destructive familial sorrows, and the forgiveness that heals even the worst of pains.
In a situation that would make life tough for anyone, little Carolyn Arundel sure didn’t have life easy.  For a time her mother Hildemara (Hildie) was quarantined to her bedroom with tuberculosis during which time Carolyn’s grandmother Marta was there to help. Carolyn forms a special bond with her grandmother that she thinks caused tensions between Hildie and Marta.
Well, Hildie gets better and goes back to work which allowed Marta to return to her home. This was during the Cold War when fear was rampant throughout the world, and it was a time when Carolyn and her brother, as latchkey kids, fended for themselves.
Time goes on and Carolyn sees college as an opportunity to find herself. When a family tragedy threatens her independence, she doesn’t go home but rather cuts all ties and escapes into the nonconforming culture of San Francisco. Two years later she returns home to rebuild a life for her and her daughter May Flower Dawn.
As often is the case, history repeats itself, and May Flower Dawn forms a special relationship with her grandmother Hildie. Another kink between generations ensues. But, May Flower Dawn wants to do everything possible to avoid the same mistakes of the past. Her aim is to be a stepping stone in her family to build relationships and not a stumbling  block that separates.
Her Daughter’s Dream is the conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope. Author Francine Rivers, in this final chapter about mothers’ sacrifices for their daughters, illustrates the amazing essence of unconditional love.
WOW! You can’t miss this!  No reservation or membership is needed. Just stop on by and join in the discussion.

Remember, the Chapter 1 Book Club is a free adult program that meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. 
We’ll see you there!

Thursday, June 28

Brandon’s Summer Library Program Ends with a Bang!

As our Summer Library Program comes to a close, we at the Brandon Library are going all out for our finale—you guessed it, it’s our annual summer carnival!

Patrons of all ages are invited to join us on Thursday, July 12 from 6pm-7pm as we play games, get our faces painted, eat popcorn and ice pops, and make ourselves dizzy in the bouncy houses! We’ll also have a special visit from the Brandon Fire Department to show us their rides!

(Pro tip: Don’t jump in the bouncy house directly after eating unless you’re feeling brave.)

Then, on Saturday, July 14 from 12pm-1:30pm, come play our last game of Summer Bingo! We had a blast last time, and there are even MORE amazing prizes to choose from if you win! And don’t forget, our blackout winner will receive a $25 gift card to our local Cinemark Theater!

Monday, June 18

Crafting Is Like A Cool Breeze Across The Face At the Pearl Public Library!

And, you know why? 

It's because the Pearl Library's own craft enthusiast Becky is always thinking about the next exciting creation for her Come Craft With Us! program!

A decorative, Japanese Fan that's good for keeping yourself cool during the hot, Mississippi summer or displaying as decorative art is what she has cooked up for the Tues., July 3 Come Craft With Us! at 5:30 p.m.

WOW! Such a simple creation to be so beautiful.  It's easy too! 

"It's a  homemade fan made of sticks, glue, and paper," Becky said. "It's great fun to make and use for the summer time."

There you have it! You simply must not miss it!

Come Craft With US! formerly Simply Crafts is a FREE adult crafting and crochet group that meets at the Pearl Public Library every Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Come and bring a current crochet project or learn a new craft and work among friends!

No reservation is needed and materials are provided for the craft.

SO! Leave your cares behind and come get lost in Japanese Fan making with Becky! 

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, June 5

Black Light Painting A Big Hit At The Pearl Public Library With More Fun On The Way!

The 2018 Summer Library Program at the Pearl Library is underway and glowing with excitement!
Pearl Library Youth Services Supervisor, Kristen Hillman, couldn't be more pleased with last night's response to the Black Light Painting teen program, the first program of the 2018 Summer Library Program - Libraries Rock!  "The teens had such a wonderful time and said it was the most fun library program they had done in a long time,"she said. "They just had a great time!"

How could they not! Black lights, glow sticks, and neon glow paint! OH MY! The teens did finger painting and made head bands and bracelets with glow-in-the-dark pipe cleaners! 

As big of a hit that the Black Light Painting program was, there's even more great stuff on tap Kristen said!  "The teens are so excited about all of our programs coming up in these six weeks of summer programming especially our very last program." 

That would be the Library Mini Golf program on Monday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. "We are gong to transform the teens/young adult and the children's sections into an 18-hole mini golf course," she said.

Other teen programs, which are all on Monday night at 5:30  p.m., include African Instrument Making on June 11,"I Pick You" Guitar Pick Bracelet making on June 18, Rock 'N' Roll Trivia Madness on June 25, and Pre-4th of July Cookout and Games on July 2.

The excitement doesn't stop with the teen programming! 

The children's programs have kids jumping up and down in anticipation! All the programs are on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Pearl Puppets are June 5, the Snakeman is June 12, Animal Tales on June 19, Dorian the Magician is June 26 and Inky the Clown is July 10. "These programs are such an exciting time for kids and families!, " Kristen said.  "They are so excited about Animal Tales coming and about seeing the wolf dog pup!"  

HUH?!  A real live wolf dog pup?! Yep, a real one. And, they are bringing Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches too! And, more! They'll be teaching the kids about the different sounds each animal makes! That's because this year's Summer Library Program theme is Libraries Rock!

The 2018 Summer Library Program is not complete without reading! The kids are tracking their reading with color-coded stickers.  For every 20 minutes a day they read, they apply a sticker. When they fill it up they can bring the log in and get a prize! Can't beat that with a stick!
Dancin' Dan the Banjo Man
Hey, there's more! Don't forget about adult programming on tap for the 2018 Summer Library Program (all on Thursdays) with Dancin' Dan the Banjo Man coming up June 7 at 3 p.m. There's Musical Movie Night at 5:30 p.m. on June 14, Story Time for Grown Ups at 6 p.m. on June 21 and Karaoke Night on June 28 at 6 p.m.

There's so much you do not want to miss!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, May 15

Central Perks for CMRLS Friends

Join the FRIENDS of Your CMRLS Library and receive perks to be used throughout the membership year!

Our FRIENDS make materials, equipment, and activities possible during the year with membership dues, donations, and book sales. All dues and proceeds from book sales go into your library for these much-needed items. The FRIENDS also sponsor, coordinate, and conduct programs for adults, teens, and children during the year, the largest of these are National Library Week and Summer Library Program. You may be as active as you wish with the FRIENDS of Your Library or you may choose to simply be an advocate for Your Library in your community. Library advocacy is an often overlooked task, but one with great impact on the library and community. For instance, how many of your community leaders know that nearly 80% of the citizens of Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith Counties hold a CMRLS library card? That is important information your community and its leaders need to know!

FRIENDS’ memberships vary between libraries but most begin as low as $2.00 for students. Central Perks is worth a total of $12.00 in FREE fines and copies. Everyone can use perks like that! 

Ask about perks at your library and enjoy the PERKS of being a FRIEND of a CMRLS Library.

Monday, May 7

It's The Super Bowl of All Library Programming Seasons, And The Pearl Library Will Be A'rockin'!

You read that right! Summer is almost upon us and the Pearl Public Library is gearing up for the annual six week, Summer Library Program that runs from June 4 through July 14. The 2018 Summer Library Program is themed Libraries Rock!


The six-week program, formerly for years a children's season, has morphed into a celebration that embraces all ages... children, teens and adults! Libraries Rock connotes a musical theme, but in addition to that it simply means, libraries are AWESOME!!!!

The Pearl Library's program lineup shows that too. There's some music involved and then there's some other really cool programs!

Don't miss out on Dancin' Dan the Banjo Man who headlines adult programming the whole family can enjoy! That's Thursday, June 7 at 3 p.m. 

There's loads of program you and your family do not want to miss. There's something for everyone. Pearl Puppets, The Snakeman, Animal Tales, Dorian the Magician and Inky the Clown are on tap for children. 

Black Light Painting, African Instrument Making, "I Pick You": Guitar Pick Bracelets, Rock 'n' Roll Trivia Madness and Pre 4th of July Cookout and Games for Teens. 

For adults there's Karaoke Night. Watch a musical on the big screen and enjoy popcorn and drinks. There's story time for adults where you can enjoy short stories and music. Read a biography about any famous musician and come talk about it at the Chapter 1 Book Club meeting!

See! There's something for everyone. Check out the EVENTS Calendar on the Central Mississippi Regional Library website at to find more information on Summer Library Program dates and times for not only the Pearl Library, but all 20 CMRLS libraries.  

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, April 17

Save The Dates! It's A Big One On The Horizon At The Pearl Public Library!

Hey, Nothing makes folks happier than a good ol' library book sale. And, the Pearl Library has a mighty fine one coming up! 

The Friends of the Pearl Library Big Book Sale will run for three days starting Thurs. May 3 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat. May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Carolyn, the library's circulation supervisor and book sale coordinator, there's a whole lot to choose from. There's, as they say, something for everyone! 

Among the inventory are plenty of adult fiction and nonfiction books and books for the kiddos and young adults. There are cookbooks galore and paperbacks, audio/visual material including DVDs and some CDs (audio books). Hey, there's even vintage books from the time period between 1920 and 1970. And, yes, this too. A favorite of so many... National Geographic Magazine!

OMG!  I just cannot wait. What a book sale this is going to be! But, there's more!

For the E-N-T-I-R-E last day of the book sale (that's Sat. May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m), it's five-bucks-a-bag-sale!  Oh, yeah!  Everything you can get into a large, plastic, grocery bag for $5. The whole day long! What?! What?!  Yes! Yes!

The book sale is cash only, no checks or cards please. For the first two days of the book sale, prices will range from .25 cents to $5. 

It's called the Friends of the Pearl Library Big Book Sale for a reason. Book sales are the primary fundraisers to help the Friends' group, and they deserve it! The Friends support the library in many ways such as in buying equipment, volunteering for and funding library programs.

By the way, this is a wonderful time to join the Friends of the Pearl Library! Registration forms will be available for anyone interested in becoming a member. An individual membership is $5 a year.  Anyone wishing to donate to the Friends can also make donations during the book sale. You know donations are ALWAYS welcome!

Don't miss out on this BIG time!

We'll see you there!

Friday, March 30

Stop By the Pearl Library, Swap Howdies with a Staffer during National Library Week and Win a Sweet Treat!

April is a big month for libraries everywhere. That's when National Library Week is celebrated. This year it's April 8 -14 with the theme "Libraries Lead."  

You know what? Libraries as leaders is nothing new! 

You see, back in 1958 is when the first National Library Week was observed by the American Library Association (ALA).  

This is how it came about. Back in the 1950s folks were spending less time on reading books. Yep, they were into radio, television and music, especially musical instruments. Well, that really got the attention of the ALA and the American Book Publishers. They formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954.

Let me tell you this committee had some big goals that ranged from encouraging people to use their leisure time to read to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

See what I mean? Libraries as important role models for communities has been part of libraries' goals and accomplishments for years!

In 1957 a plan was developed for National Library Week in an effort to motivate people to read so that they would support and use libraries. In 1958 sporting the theme "Wake Up and Read!", the first National Library Week was observed.  National Library Week was observed again in 1959 and continued yearly. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, the ALA assumed the lead sponsorship.

At the Pearl Library, the goal is to make National Library Week very special. So, in an effort to get patrons connected not only to the Pearl Library, but to library staffers, Amy, the adult program coordinator, has come up with a sweet, great way to do that! 

Oh, yes! Come on in and introduce yourself to a staffer April 9 -13, write the staffer's name on a slip of paper provided for you and get a sweet treat in return. 

That's not all Amy has up her sleeve. Check out some of the other great National Library Week events!

Do not miss out!

We'll see you there!

Monday, March 26

YAM! BAM! Thank You...Young, Creative Artists!

Yes, That's right. Thank you Pearl School District students for sharing your creative side during Youth Art Month (YAM) at the Pearl Public Library! The library has been covered in the students' art all month long! 

This is the tenth year that the Pearl Library has embraced National Youth Art Month by showcasing the Pearl students' art during the month of March. It's great to see family members trickle into the library proudly looking for their loved ones' art!   

On Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. there will be a free reception, hosted by the Pearl Library and the Friends of the Pearl Library! This serves as the "official" viewing of the art work.
Loads of people are expected to attend. 

We hope you bring the whole family out for this wonderful evening!

Remember it's free. No invitation needed. You don't want to miss it!

We'll see you there!