Wednesday, May 18

LAKE: Crafts aren't just for kids!

Young or old we all love to get our hands a little dirty and make something.  This month in Lake the adults and some young adults got the chance to do some painting. A huge shout out to our talented teacher Vickie Hester. I haven't found anything she can't do.  We try to do monthly crafts but this month was a huge success.  We hope to keep the momentum going through the summer and on into the fall.  We discussed other crafts we've wanted to try such as crocheting and even quilting.  What are you interested in?  If you have something that you have wanted to learn about but it hasn't been offered at your local library yet, don't be afraid to ask.  You might be surprised at what they can come up with for you.  Or you might find out it's being taught at a library right around the corner. And don't forget to check out our calendar of events where you can break down your search by branch, age category or perhaps a keyword that you looking for like knit or beading.  You might be surprised at what new adventure is already out there waiting on you.  

Monday, May 2

The Month Of May Brings More Than Flowers At The Pearl Library!


      The month of May brings great adult programming to the Pearl Public Library!   
      For starters, the Chapter 1 Book Club will feature Neil Hayes’ When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Longest Winning Streak on Tuesday, May 10 from 6-7 p.m.
     “The Streak” it’s called. That’s the California high school’s phenomenal 151-game football winning streak from 1992 -2004.   Interestingly enough, the school’s legendary coach, Bob Ladouceur was teaching these young men more about life than about how to set a national football game winning record.   When the Game Stands Tall features Coach Lad, who was also a religious studies teacher as well as the football coach, and the inspiration he imparts to his players.
    What a great story! You don’t want to miss this Chapter 1 Book Club! It's a free adult program, and remember, you don't have to be a member to come join in the discussion. Light refreshments and door prizes provided.
      (Note: The Chapter 1 Book Club has changed nights from the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. to the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.)

     If making crafts is your type of fun, May’s Simply Crafts is decorative Mason jars with a peep hole! But, that’s not all! Part two of the this craft night on Thursday, May 19,  from 6-7 p.m. is a homemade salt scrub using Epsom salt, olive oil and fragrant vanilla! Mmmmm, leaves your skin oh-so-soft, and it’s very relaxing! Couldn’t be easier to make. What better vessel to carry the salt scrub than the decorative Mason jar! See! Two crafts in one!
    Simply Crafts is free and all materials supplied! No reservations needed!
    (Note: Simply Crafts has moved from Tuesday to Thursday nights from 6 -7 p.m. for the months of May, June and July.)

Ending the month on a high note, Mississippi attorney and author, Diane Baugh Roy (D. Baugh Roy) comes to the Pearl Library on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m. to talk about her latest book.  Unjust Rewards, the first in the Haley Browder Series, involves murder, the FBI  and stolen millions in Hurricane Katrina recovery funds. 
    Refreshments will be served.

You don't want to miss any of these programs!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, April 19

Celebrate Spring @ Your Library

Celebrate Spring @ Your Library

Spring is here! And, it’s time to celebrate!

The Brandon Public Library will be hosting Celebrate Spring @ Your Library on April 23 from 10-4. Many free activities will be available for the family.

Come see our Antique Car Show. Bring your camera and/or your antique car.  Enjoy meeting other antique car owners. No entrance fee is required. 

Step back in time to the 19th century as you take a walking tour of the Rankin County Historical Society Museum. These historical buildings, a house and a general store, will be open for the day and will provide a snapshot of life in the era of pioneers.

The Children’s Department will have activities for kids in the children’s area of the library. There will be activities celebrating Money Smart Week that starts April 23. We will also have Free Duplo Play and Free Lego Play during the day.

Bring your IRS documents, your divorce decrees, and all your other sensitive documents to the library starting April 23. The Friends of the Brandon Public Library is introducing The Shredder to the community. The Shredder is a new shredding service that will be offered free of charge. If you want to take your shredded documents home with you, then trash bags are available at $1.00 a bag.

Come join us for our Spring Book Sale. Used books and other items will be on sale Friday, April 22, from 10 to 5, and Saturday, April 23, from 10 to 4. Bag Day will be Tuesday April 26, from 10-8. On bag day, you can buy books for $5 a bag or $10 a box. The Friends of the Brandon Library sponsor the sale and proceeds will go to support your library.

On Saturday, the Friends will have hot dogs, chips, popcorn, water, and sodas available for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Brandon Library.

During the week of April 11-16, we celebrated National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. 

The Brandon Public Library is a public research facility where you can check out books, DVDs, audio books, cake pans, and other items free of charge. Free eBooks and music are available through our website at Let us help you get started today.

We provide public access computers with free internet access. Free WiFi is also available at no cost to you. Fax and scanning services are available for $1 per page.

For our college students, the Brandon Public Library proctors exams.  Students, with prior arrangement with their professors, can take exams here at the library. There is no charge for this service. 

We listen to the needs of the community.  The Brandon Public Library is now offering Notary Services.  This service will be provided by the FOBL and will be available Monday thru Friday and even Saturday by appointment. There will be a minimal fee of $3.

Check out our monthly Calendar of Events available at the Circulation Desk. When you are here April 23, sign up for our free eNewsletter that includes all the events here at the library. Don’t be left out of all the fun! 

We are committed to offering you a high quality of service for your information needs. Come in and let us help you!

Brandon Public Library is part of Central Mississippi Regional Library System, which serves the public libraries of Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith Counties. The library is located at 1475 West Government Street in Brandon. We are open Monday – Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-4. You can reach us at or 601-825-2672.

Wednesday, April 13

NWR Art Show Awards!

Winners Announced for NWRHS Art & Community Studio

The Art and Community Studio Classes of Northwest Rankin High School held it's 2nd annual artist's reception at the G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library on April 11th.

The theme, "Mississippi Landscapes," was inspired by Albert Smathers of Mississippi College and Mrs. Teresa Aikens of Northwest Rankin High School. They have worked together for the last 8 years. Smathers, a professional artist with over 30 years experience, visited the high school earlier this year to demonstrate his renowned techniques. His visit was so exhilarating for the students, Arts and Community Studio instructor Teresa Aikens, encouraged the students to take photographs of their favorite Mississippi locals and turn them into stunning works of art.

"This exhibit is part of the focus of the Art and Community Studio Classes," Aikens said. "The students work hard to make their art a visible part of the community." She added that in addition to the annual library exhibit of student paintings, the class also partners with community businesses and organizations to create artwork for permanent installations.

Mrs. Aikens with her winning students (R to L)
 3rd Place winner Kanch Brooks
1st Place winner Estefania Armendariz
2nd Place winner Quinn Gordon 
"This year, so many of our patrons engaged with the paintings, choosing their favorite and casting a vote," Ashley Biggs, Branch Manager of the G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library said. "The students, parents, school faculty, and library patrons had a wonderful time mingling at the reception and awards ceremony. It will be exciting to see those patrons who voted come back to see which pieces were be selected."

As part of the exhibit, which was installed on March 1st, library patrons were encouraged to vote for their favorite pieces. Nearly 100 votes were cast. Paintings will hang until April 30th. 

The library looks forward to hosting more paintings in the coming years! 

Libraries Transform...Mississippi!

CMRLS Libraries keep you connected! Free WiFi at all 20 Libraries and free public access computers to use! There's eBooks and eAudioBooks, free music to download, and a new website! Check out the Digital Library It's all there! Your Library 24/7! WOW, a Library at your fingertips with your CMRLS Library Card.
How do I get a CMRLS Library Card? It's free to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in the 4-County area. After you use your card, we will email or text you to remind you that you have items that will soon be due. The email or text will come 3 days before the due date and will list the items you have checked out. It is just a friendly reminder that you have items that will soon be overdue. There is even a link to use to renew (by phone or online) your items if you need them longer! For your convenience have all family Early Notices sent to one phone or address. We try to save you from overdue fines! 
There are free library programs throughout Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith County libraries; beginning with preschool story times; adult and young adult book clubs, computer or craft classes, and movie matinees. Something for everyone! The Event Calendar is searchable by library branch, age category, or keyword. You may even choose to be reminded by email of a future program. 
We can't say enough about libraries and what you can do with a Library Card! Of course you can still check out books, you just have so many options. Now you have the option of reading the newest bestseller in normal or large print, eBook, downloadable audiobook, audiobook on CD; or because of a visual or physical limitation, books may be requested on digital cartridge, cassette, or Braille from Mississippi's Talking Book Services
Do you have a question about programs or services? You may use the linked Customer Service form or the email address to contact us. Do you need homework or research help? Use the Ask a Librarian form or use the email address; or call or email the Library nearest you.
Have a great National Library Week!

Monday, April 11

It is National Library Week!

This is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2016 National Library Week is "Libraries Transform."

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate. Check the online calendar to see what is offered at your Library this special week!

Friday, April 1

Chapter 1 Book Club Enters Lively "Kingdom" at Pearl!

Patsy has picked a really great book for her next Chapter 1 Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library.

Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century is by journalist Hunter S. Thompson.  It's a lively recounting of Thompson's hard-driven life as a rebel who marched to the beat of his own drum. Thompson is credited with creating "Gonzo journalism" a personalized style of reporting that puts the writer at the center of the story.

Thompson was born in Louisville, KY on July 18, 1937.  His life included a frequent use of drugs and a passion for firearms.  Suffering from health problems, and depression Thompson committed suicide in 2005. He was 67.

Don't miss this Chapter 1 Book Club! You can see it's going to be a really good one as always!
It's a free adult program, and remember, you don't have to be a member to come join in the discussion. Light refreshments and door prizes provided.

We'll see you there!
(Note: The Chapter 1 Book Club has changed nights from the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. to the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 8


The Pearl Library's Chapter 1 Book Club will discuss  Out to Pasture, But Not Over the Hill, a book in the FairAcres retirement home series by Effie Leland Wilder on Thurs. March 10 at 6 p.m.

The book is full of funny stories for easy, entertaining reading. That's really no surprise since Wilder was a late bloomer, publishing her first book at 85! By then a person probably has a pretty solid, healthy perspective and can see the humor in life!

In Out to Pasture, Hattie McNair may be in a retirement home, but she's not retired from life! As she writes to a friend, Hattie tells the stories of other residents in the FairAcres retirement home and the blessings that come along with aging. 

In this inspirational story, residents of FairAcres come together to help a handyman that can't read or write. Their lives are changed as well as the handyman's to say the least. Out to Pasture leaves the reader knowing that no matter the age, a life lived long and well is something to be proud of, and that you are never too old to make an impact on the people all around you!

Wilder was born Aug. 28, 1909 in Rockingham, N.C. She died July 19, 2007 in Summerville, S.C.  She was 97. She lived her life mainly as a homemaker until she turned author later in life.  She authored five books.  

Quite the humanitarian, Wilder served on the Board of Directors for Lowcountry Red Cross, Summerville Meals on Wheels, the Timrod Library and the Dorchester Library. 

Wow! Someone like that should have her own day! That's exactly what South Carolina Governor, Jim Hodges, did! He proclaimed Aug. 28,2001, as Effie Wilder Day. 

Don't miss this Chapter 1 Book Club! You can see it's going to be a really good one as always!
It's a free adult program, and remember, you don't have to be a member to come join in the discussion. Light refreshments and door prizes provided.

We'll see you there!

Monday, March 7


Lana has done it again!  What a great Simply Craft night her group is gonna have Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.!

A beautiful Shamrock canvas adorned with gold glitter is her sample creation.  Naturally, however the group wants to decorate their March inspired canvas is, well up to them!  It's a great home decoration or a gift anyone would looooooooooove to have!!!!

Don't miss out! A ton of fun and the Luck O' the Irish to you!!!!

Remember, this adult program is absolutely free! No reservation is needed and all materials are supplied. It's your LUCKY night!!!

We'll see you there!

Monday, February 22

It's "Hometown" Business At Pearl!

Hometown Magazine's own Tahya Dobbs, founder and executive editor, will be the guest speaker at the Pearl Public Library's Brown Bag program, Tuesday, March 1 at 12-noon. 

You don't want to miss out on this enlightening presentation focused on how to start your own business.  Bring your lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided.  This adult program is free. 

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, February 17

"What's good to read?"

A question heard many times a day at a library..."What's good to read?" Well, we could take a minute and poll the staff and any visitors in the library, but there is a much easier way.

Subscribe to a NextReads newsletter, a monthly newsletter from CMRLS that is populated with books that fit the genre you choose. And, what a list you have to choose from...Armchair Travel to Tween Reads. You won't have to subscribe to the newsletters if you don't wish to do so. Our Inboxes get pretty full, too! If you see a newsletter that you wish to read, click the name of the newsletter. You will get a short description of the content and whether the information comes to you monthly or every other month.

Place a checkmark beside any subject or subjects that interest you; provide your email address and sit back and wait for 8-10 reading recommendations in each scheduled email! If you wish to see the latest issue before you subscribe or if you just want to read them online, click the link View Latest Issue.

Once you've found a title in the newsletter that looks interesting, click it. The link takes you directly to the CMRLS Catalog where you may place a hold on the book, audio, or downloadable eBook or audio.
For those who want even more reading recommendations look for NoveList Content in the catalog. This is the information found when searching a James Patterson title, NYPD Red4. The first recommendations are other Thriller series. Click Show Titles below on of these and you are given the titles in the series, in order. Click Why this match? and see what about these books are like the original title you chose.

 As always, if recommendations are still needed, ALWAYS ask, "What's good to read?"

Tuesday, February 9


Don't miss out! FREE cookies, donuts and coffee, all sweetly donated by Community Coffee, Wal-Mart of Pearl, Sam's Club of Pearl, Simply Southern, Dunkin' Donuts, Donut Factory and That Special Touch!! That's Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12, both days from 9 a.m. to 4 .m.! 


We'll see you there!

Wednesday, January 27


Paper Weaved Heart
Lana is busy looping her sweet, little heart into a wonderful February Simply Crafts program at the Pearl Public Library!   That's right!    February, the month of love and it's most identifiable symbol....the heart!  On Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m., Lana will be featuring paper weaved hearts!

"This craft makes me think of basket weaving with paper," says Lana. "To me, the art of weaving in general is kind of fascinating. What better way to honor Valentine's Day than by making a craft heart! We will weave red, pink and/or white construction paper into a red shaped heart!

Hey, you simply cannot miss this this craft night!  No reservation is required and all materials are supplied! You can't beat that!

We'll see you there!

Monday, January 25


John M. Floyd
February is shaping up to be something special for the Chapter 1 Book Club at the Pearl Library. Books by Mississippi author, John M. Floyd, a celebrated writer, will be the subject of the book club's 6 p.m. Thursday, February 11 meeting. 

Floyd is best known for mystery writing. His most recent work is a short story collection, Fifty Mysteries: The Angela Files was published in 2014. Other works include Deception, Midnight, Clockwork and Rainbow's End.

The books named below are only a fraction of Floyd's work. He began writing professionally in 1994 and has published over 1,000 stories and features in widely-read publications like Woman’s WorldAlfred Hitchcock's  Mystery Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post

Floyd, a Rankin County resident and a graduate of Mississippi State University, has won the coveted Derringer Award for short mystery fiction.   He teaches creative writing at Millsaps College’s Enrichment Program in Jackson.    Floyd is a former Air Force captain and worked for IBM Corporation for thirty years. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three grown children and six grandchildren and live in Brandon.

You don't want to miss out!  Library staffer Patsy, who heads up the book club, encourages all to select any work by Floyd and come join an evening of fun discussion!  The Chapter 1 Book Club is free and no reservation is required. You don't have to be a member and you don't have to join.  Just come on by! As always there will be door prizes and light refreshments!

We'll see you there!


Wednesday, December 23


The theme for  January's Chapter 1 Book Club, at the Pearl Public Library, is "People from WWII" honoring men and women who lived during World War II.  Choose any biography from that time, and come share your thoughts!

That's Thurs. Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. You don't have to reserve a spot. You don't even have to be a member. Just come on by and join in the discussion! As always there will be door prizes and light refreshments.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to start your new year with a salute to some of our finest veterans!

We'll see you there!

Friday, December 18


The holidays may be over after the first of January, but everyone knows that crafting beauty is a year-long gift that never stops giving!

Lana's Simply Crafts for January is a work of art. It's a mosaic-like vase that's perfect for flowers or as a holder for anything.  "The awesome thing about this vase is instead of glass, it’s made out of broken CDs!" she said. "I love mosaics and this reminded me of just that!"   She gives credit to her secret to all these creative ideas. "Pinterest has been my source of DIY crafts!"
Don't miss out on this opportunity to give your creative side a shot of energy after the holidays.  Hey, maybe you  can even look at it as a great way to relax or decompress after the sometimes exhausting Christmas and New Year holidays! 

It's Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. No reservations needed and all materials supplied!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, December 10


The final part of this cycle of Becky's Website Development, three-part teaching series, is coming up soon on Thurs. Jan. 7 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Pearl Public Library.

The first class was an introduction to website design. The second class viewed - via large TV screen - a model of a website that Becky had designed. 

Website Development Basics 3: Website Hosting will focus on getting your new website online!

"This may be the last installment of our beginner HTML website design, but it should be considered the most important class of all," said Becky. "Think about it.  Your website is all set up just waiting to begin amazing work. All that's left is launching it into the world wide web!"

If you have questions about past class coverage, Becky's got that handled too. "No worries," she said. "I'm open to helping with or reviewing previous class material during this last class."

You don't want to miss out! The adult, website development class is free. No reservation is needed. Just come on in. 

We'll see you there!

Thursday, November 19


Janette Oke (pronounced  - oak ), born Feb 18, 1935 in Canada, is a Christian fiction writer. She reportedly pioneered inspirational fiction. 

Love Comes Softly was Oke's first novel which was published in 1979 and sold over a million copies. She is now the bestselling author of more than 70 books that have sold millions of copies. 

The Chapter 1 Book Club will discuss Love Comes Softly, the first in the Love Comes Softly three-book series, at the Pearl Public Library's Thurs. Dec. 3 book club meeting at 6 p.m. 

The novel - an inspirational romance - is set in the pioneer era where Oke's books are often situated.   Marty Claridge didn't see it coming. She was happy, newly married and totally in love with her husband Clem. As a good wife does, she followed her husband's lead to the West where a new life would prove promising. Before poor Clem could even stake a land claim, he was sadly killed in a freak accident. Marty was devastated. What on earth was she going to do in this new territory and with no family around?  Well, it just so happens that a widower by the name of Clark Davis was desperately needing a mother for his daughter Missie. The day of Clem's funeral, Clark made a proposal to Marty. She stays, marries him in name only and be a mother to his child. In return, he would provide for her through the winter. Come spring, if she's still wanting to head back home, he would pay her way there if she took Missie with her. Read the book for the rest of the story as the saying goes!!!!

See! You do not want to miss December's Chapter 1 Book Club meeting! It's free. You don't need a reservation. You don't have to be a member, and you don't even have to join.  Plus, there's always light refreshments and door prizes!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, November 17


The world of website building at the Pearl Public Library couldn't be any more exciting!

The second in a trilogy of basic website development instruction by Becky at the Pearl Public Library will be here before you know it! It's happening on Thursday Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

The first class was a success she said and can't wait to tackle Website Development Basics 2: Building a Website.  Unlike the first class, where the group was taught an introduction to website design, this upcoming class will view, via large TV screen, a model of a website that Becky has designed herself.  "The first website development class was teaching what HTML is," she said. "It was the tools and ingredients. In the second class we will have something to analyze. It's the anatomy of a web page."

WOW! You don't want to miss out! The adult class is free and an hour long from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. And, remember, the third part of basic website development will be taught on Thursday Jan. 7 starting at 5 p.m. That's when you will learn how to get your new website online! 

No reservation is needed. Just come on in. 

We'll see you there!


OH BY GOLLY! Lana, at the Pearl Public Library, has December's Simply Crafts rockin' round the Christmas tree with paper lollies!  Paper lollies made with decorated card stock paper are fanned out to make a beautiful Christmas tree centerpiece. It's almost breath taking ya know!!!!!!!

"Bring in the season with this gorgeous, decorative paper lollies tree," says Lana. "Christmas is my favorite time of year, so I will be going all out with this craft! Hey, I might even have some festive, yummy snacks on hand! Come on and celebrate Christmas with me two weeks early!"

What an invitation! Who can pass that up! Tues. Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Mark your calendar! It's a free, adult program. No reservation needed and all materials are supplied! Come by the Pearl Library and get your Christmas cheer jump started!

We'll see you there!

Monday, October 26


Any of the above titles would make for a wonderful book club discussion in November at the Pearl Public Library. Wanna know why? Because they were all made into movies! 

That's what the  November's Chapter 1 Book Club is all about. It's reader's choice, any book that was made into a movie! WOW! Could the selection be any more vast?! The book club meeting is Thurs. Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

So, select any book that was made into a movie and come join in the discussion. You don't have to be a member, and you don't even have to join. No reservations needed. As always, there will be light refreshments and door prizes. You don't want to miss it!

We'll see you there!

Friday, October 23


Doilies are great! Dainty, lacy and delicate, they are made of fabric or paper! You see them everywhere. Under beautiful cakes and other sweet treats, as head decorations and, sometimes, they are used to adorn clothing!  

Even when they don't have anything else going on, doilies are very beautiful to behold.  Like art. YES! That's it! ART!

The Pearl Public Library's own Lana, queen of Simply Crafts, thinks so too!  So, her Tues., Nov. 10 Simply Crafts at 6 p.m. features doilies on canvas.  "This craft is versatile in wall decor," she said. "You can frame it or you can put it up. Simply place the doily on the canvas, choose your color of spray paint and VOILA - a work of art!

That's not all. Lana also says it's really "therapeutic" too. Can't beat that with a stick!

Don't miss out. Remember, Simply Crafts is every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. It's a free, adult program. No reservations needed and all materials are supplied!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, October 22


Building a website? Hmmmm? That might sound pretty intimidating to a lot of people. 

Becky, a Pearl Library Reference Services staffer who morphs into a computer instructor once a month, grins and says "No! It's a lot of fun!"

Many see website building as only for business use in this big world of the internet. "You can do all sorts of things with a website," Becky says. "If you have hobbies, you can build a website for that too."

No matter why you want to build a website, it all has to start with the basics. That's what Becky's Thurs. November 5 class at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Library is all about. It's called Website Development: Introduction to HTML.  Oh, boy! Did the class title just send you right back into intimidation mode?!?!?!  WHAT IS HTML? Good question! It's actually fairly simple.

HTML sounds like  a foreign language, right?! That's because it is a type of language. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language used to create web pages.  Web browsers (or browsers) read HTML files like one would read a coded message. Then the browser changes the code into easily identifiable information that looks like a webpage. TADA! 

Becky will make the class so much fun and easy to understand. It's free and comes in three parts. The introduction class will be followed by two other website building classes on Thurs. Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and Thurs. Jan.7 at 6 p.m.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enter a world of building something for yourself. Whether it's a website for fun or business, Becky has you covered!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, October 21


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Save the date! HECK, save the whole month on your calendar because November will be worth it at the Pearl Public Library!

First of all, there's Thankful for the Library, a free adult program that comes with, not A CHANCE to win, but two chances to win a $25 Wal-mart gift card! That's right. The Pearl Walmart Supercenter donated two $25 gift cards.  What do you have to do to? Glad ya asked!

Adult patrons fill out an entry telling why they are thankful for the library. Their names get put into a drawing to be held Mon. Nov. 30.  How easy is that?! There will be two winners!

That's not all! Also in November there will be a massive book sale! You win big there on all the great deals! The two-day book sale is Fri. Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It's sponsored by the Friends of the Pearl Library! All proceeds benefit the Friends group.

Well, that's all the November highlights folks....NOOOOOT!  Uh-uh!!! How about during a season full of Thanksgiving, you learn a little history about some of the characters who were present from the very beginning of this season of grace and peace. Not pilgrams.... Yep, we are talking Native Americans.  The Pearl Library has a special program on tap.

On Tues. Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will present this free, adult program, Natchez Indian Mythology and Folklore. So, come in and learn about the Natchez Indians.

There's so much going on in November at the library, how could you not come by?! Don't miss out!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, October 6


Reference Supervisor, Amy Lee and spirit winner Karen Winstead.
Pearl Public Library Reference Supervisor and Adult Program Coordinator, Amy Lee presents the September's CMRLS Spirit Days 2015 winner, Karen Winstead, of Pearl, with a $10 Wal-Mart gift card and $10 voucher to be used for library fines. The contest runs through the month of November. Another winner will be selected for the month of October and November.  Here's how to get your name in the drawing. Wear Blue and Gold to the library on any Friday and check out one library item. That's it! Your name goes into the monthly drawing for a $10 Walmart gift card and $10 voucher.

Monday, October 5


WOW! You just know book clubbers from all around have been discussing this momentous piece of writing since the book published in July!  Famous, award winning author, Harper Lee's (first name Nelle), lastest release, Go Set a Watchman, is a must read!

It's the Pearl Public Library's Chapter 1 Book Club pick for their Thurs. Oct. 8 meeting at 6 p.m.

Until this year, Lee, 89, had only published one book, To Kill A Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. A classic, the book addresses issues of racial injustice, destruction of innocence, class, courage, compassion and gender roles. It was automatically a tremendous success garnering the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

Go Set a Watchman is actually an earlier work of Lee's  which was written in the 1950s, before To Kill A Mockingbird. It depicts the later lives of some of the characters from Lee's famous best seller.

Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, AL. She later moved to New York to pursue a literary career. She lived there many years before moving back to Alabama to live with her sister Alice, who, by the way, retired from law at 100 years old (Alice died Nov. 17, 2014. She was 103). Never a fan of celebrity or media attention, Harper Lee remained tight lipped to any reporter wanting an interview. But, in 2001, that all changed. The sisters let Marja Mills, a Chicago Tribune journalist, get  up close and personal. The result: Marja Mills' The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee which was published last year.

Don't miss out on a great book discussion.You don't have to be a member, and you don't have to join either. You certainly don't need a reservation, and there are always light refreshments and door prizes.

We'll see you there!

Friday, October 2


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Here we are right into the month of OCTOBER, and the Pearl Public Library is definitely "getting jiggy with it" That's right! I said JIGGY!  Meaning, of course, we are hip to all October brings, mainly Halloween in this case! 

The library is featuring Scare Up A Good Book for adults, enticing you to check out a thriller. There are many to choose from among the vast library offerings. Check out a thriller, pick up a sweet treat and fill out an entry to win a cool prize!  The drawing for a winner will be Mon. Nov. 2.

Scare Up A Good Book runs the whole month of October. That's plenty of time for you to scare up greats reads. And, hey, if thrillers aren't your scene, that's cool too. There are lots of other books to check out; something for everyone!

Come on in.  Let the friendly library staff help find whatever thrills you!!!!!!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, September 30

Are you thinking about holidays?

Looking for holiday movies to entertain kids out of school or visiting guests? Here are CMRLS Library catalog entries of videos, DVDs, and Blu Ray recordings where the search SUBJECT= HalloweenThanksgivingChristmasKwanzaa; or Hanukkah.

Looking for holiday recipes? Click here.

Holiday decorating? Click here.

Holiday music? Click here. For downloadable music of all types click here -> FREEGAL.

What's the difference you ask? The first link is to CDs and audiocassettes found in one of the twenty (20) CMRLS Libraries. The second link? It's FREE music! It's yours! You keep the music on any computer or MP3 device, including smartphones AND you may download five (5) FREE songs each week...every week! Yes, FREE; but you must have a CMRLS Library Card.

AND, there's more that's FREE! Beginning *Oct. 1, 2015, you also have the option to stream three (3) hours of music each day from ready made playlists or those you create on FREEGAL (much like using Pandora or
'heart' Radio) without using your five (5) FREE downloads.

Ask staff to get you started or just download the FREEGAL app from your App Store. It's FREE, also! Then you can begin creating your playlists and downloading FREE music from the 28,000 music labels you'll find on FREEGAL!

FREEGAL also has music videos--and they are FREE, too!

CMRLS Library Card = FREE + LEGAL Music

*CORRECTION: Live streaming will begin on October 25, so get your FREEGAL account set up soon. You'll have access to 9 million songs, 15,000 music videos, and endless playlists that you create yourself. Five (5) free downloads each week and 3 hours streaming each day!

Tuesday, September 29


Candy Filled Witch's Broom Treat Bags
October is here!  The weather gets cooler. The state fair comes to town and, yep....HALLOWEEN! 

We all know that along with little goblins, witches and fairies, comes CAAANDY. TONS OF IT! What's the most iconic of the Halloween candies? You guessed it! Candy Corn! And, Lana's October's Simply Crafts, at the Pearl Public Library, features the delightful, sugary confection by the bag!  

Candy Filled Witch's Broom Treat Bags. Easy, fun and oh-so-yuuuuuuuuuuummmy!!!!!
Don't miss out on this festive craft night, Tues. Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. What a great happy this Witch's Broom Treat Bag would make for your delightfully, costumed, neighborhood trick or treaters! Right? Riiiiiiiiiight! So, come on! Find out how to make them!

Simply Crafts is every second Tuesday of the Month. It is free and no reservations are needed. All materials are supplied.

We'll see you there!