Saturday, July 12

A FUNNY BOOK SALE AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

DONATED COMIC BOOKS
HOLY BOOKPILE!  

The Pearl Public Library has received a donation of comic books! It's just in time for the huge book sale coming up on Sat. July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the library!   It's all to benefit the Friends of the Pearl Library. 

The library always has a tremendous turnout for book sales! And, this one is gonna be even better. Comic books are great fun for all ages! For some, they are downright nostalgic!

But, that's not all! This special book sale will also include some copies of National Geographic as well as surplus, craft items that Eleanor and her Simply Crafts group have created in the past few months! 

Save the date! Don't miss out!

You know its ALWAYS good at the Pearl Public Libray!

See ya there!

Wednesday, June 25

ADULT SUMMER READING A "SHOUTIN'" GOOD TIME AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!



The Adult Summer Reading Program is still sizzling at the Pearl Public Library as the celebration of Literary Elements (ASRP theme) continues!

Come, join the Chapter 1 Book Club gathering on Thurs. July 10 at 6 p.m. to discuss the life of writer/ journalist Rick Bragg as written in his autobiography All Over but the Shoutin'.

Poverty ridden, Bragg grew up in Alabama with an unpromising future ahead of him. Somehow Bragg defied the odds and landed at The New York Times where he won a Pulitzer Prize. In this hold-nothing-back account, Bragg tells about the horrors of living with an alcoholic father, and shares his saintly mother's inspiring suffering and bravery in a moving story filled with brutal honesty.

You don't want to miss this Chapter 1 Book Club meeting!  No reservations required, and you don't have to be a member to attend. Just stop on by.

You know it's ALWAYS good at the Pearl Public Library!

We'll see you there!


Thursday, June 19

A CRAFTY CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT THE PEARL PUBLIC LIBRARY!

Santa Spoon by Eleanor
The July Simply Crafts program is sure to bring some Christmas holiday cheer! It's never to soon for that is it?! NO WAY!

Hey, who doesn't love Santa!  This little jolly treasure is a hand painted spoon.  Can you believe it?!  DecoArt Snow Tex is used for the beard to give it that wonderful stucco effect!

Don't miss out! Come on and join Eleanor and the gang Tues. July 8 at 6 p.m. No reservations needed and materials are supplied!

You know it's ALWAYS good at the Pearl Public Library!

We'll see you there!

Friday, June 13

CRAFT AL FRESCO AT THE PEARL PUBLIC LIBRARY!





CRAFTING MERCURY GLASS IN PEARL
Oooooh, yeah, last night's Simply Crafts' group had to be moved outside. PRONTO!
Uh, huh... Yeah, apparently no matter how big the room is - the Pearl Library's meeting room is preeeeeeetty ginormous - spray painting indoors is just not a uh..cough, cough, excuse me... good idea. OK!

Eleanor learned that pretty darn quickly, and took it outdoors. Everyone had a great time turning simple glass into beautiful Mercury Glass (also called Silvered Glass) which sports that fabulous antique silver finish.


MERCURY GLASS BY ELEANOR
Remember that Simply Crafts meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. No reservations required and materials are supplied.

Eleanor is working on a great craft for Tues. July 8! Don't miss it!....... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..la, dee, da, da, daaah... You're jolly curious aren't you?!!!.... Hey, keep tuned in right here to find out more!

You know it's  ALWAYS good at the Pearl Public Library!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, May 22

BARBIE BASSETT TOPS ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE PEARL PUBLIC LIBRARY!

PUBLICITY PHOTO
The Pearl Public Library's Summer Reading Program - full of fun, free, no reservations required events - kicks off Mon. June 2. The Adult Theme is Literary Elements.

How better to celebrate Literary Elements than to bring in a local author. But, NOT just any author mind you.

The featured headliner is local celebrity and everybody's favorite meteorologist, Barbie Bassett, who will be the guest speaker at the library's Brown Bag program Fri. June 27 at 12 -noon. Bring your lunch. Refreshments and drinks provided.

Bassett will talk about and sign her new book Carry An Umbrella When There's No Rain in the Forecast: 365 Days of Living by Faith.  

"We are so honored and extremely excited to have Barbie as part of our Summer Reading Program," says Eleanor Jones, the library's Reference Supervisor and Adult Programs Coordinator. "She is loved by many and is a wonderful writer. This is a great opportunity for people to come, meet her for free.  You can't beat that! Also anyone that is interested, can buy one of her books and have her sign it for them. That would be something to treasure forever!"

More Literary Elements are celebrated at the Chapter 1 Book Club gathering, Thurs. June 12 at 6 p.m. with a discussion on Defending Jacob, a legal thriller by William Landay. Light refreshments and door prizes included.

Also on tap for June's Adult Summer Reading celebration is a special Simply Crafts night - headed up by Eleanor - showing how to make gorgeous Mercury Glass (also called Silvered Glass) on Tues. June 10 at 6 p.m. All materials supplied. 

On Fri. June 13 at 1 p.m., senior adults can enjoy a movie at the library during Senior Friday Flicks.

Hey, how about a chance to win a $50 Walmart gift card?! Sounds good doesn't it! Then get in on Literary Elements Tic-Tac-Toe starting Mon. June 2. Read books and magazines for a chance to win this fabulous prize!

Throughout the month of June and the entire span of the Summer Reading Program, which ends Thurs. July 10, there will be crossword puzzles and quizzes that come with a chance to win a prize from the library's Summer Reading prize vault!

Summer Reading registration is underway now at the library.  

That pretty much does it for June. Stay tuned to this blog for all of July's Adult Summer Reading events coming soon. To stay abreast of all Summer Reading Programming check out CMRLS' website calendar.

You don't want to miss a thing this summer at the Pearl Public Library!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, May 20

BRANDON PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING

SUMMER READING 2014 is almost here and we are excited! We have over 40 programs lined up for you, from babies to high school seniors. Which group do you think will be launching catapults?!!

If you think reading is boring and library's have nothing but books, we're going to prove you WRONG! Because this year's theme, "Fizz, Boom, Read," is all about science! Not just any science either. The kind you wouldn't expect in a library. Shhh! Don't tell anyone but we will be blowing up things and making slime and spitting watermelon seeds. It will be a summer of fun.

Stop by the Brandon Library today to get your registration bag and calendar. As always, everything is free and you do not have to be registered at Brandon to attend any Brandon events.

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, May 19

SIMPLY TURN ORDINARY GLASS INTO FANCY SILVERED GLASS AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

Mercury Glass by Eleanor
That's right! You can take any piece of glass, says Eleanor, and give it that gorgeous antique silver finish. It's Mercury Glass (also called Silvered Glass).

And that's the Pearl Public Library's June Simply Crafts feature -  DIY Mercury Glass. 

You know it can be reeeeeeeeeeeally expensive to buy Mercury Glass! So, how great is it that Eleanor is going to show you how to do it yourself! It's so simple. 

 "The supplies are a spray bottle with one (1) part water to one (1) part white vinegar and Krylon's Looking Glass Mirror Like Paint," she said. "The results are awesome!"

Tues. June 10 at 6 p.m. Don't miss it. Materials supplied and no reservation required.

We'll see you there!

Friday, May 16

MAKING FLOWERS WAS LIKE MUSICAL MAGIC AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!


Vinyl Record Flowers fill this big vase.


Vinyl Record Flower 
Simply Crafts night, Tues. May 13, at the Pearl Public Library, was a huge success said Eleanor. The group took vinyl records and turned them into long stemmed flowers!
These vinyl beauties look great in potted plants, as yard decorations or just bunched together in a large vase. "They really enjoyed watching the records melt in the oven," said Eleanor. "They generally loved the craft as whole!"

Some Simply Crafters showing off their Vinyl Record Flowers!
Eleanor is working very hard on ideas for next month's Simply Crafts coming up June 10 at 6 p.m. Remember it's free, all materials supplied and no reservation required! Come on and join in this fantastic monthly fun!

We will see you there!

BEAUTIFUL ART COLLECTION AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

M.W. Stuart's, Pride of Mississippi (Water Color)
M.W. Stuart's There's Still Hope (Water Color)
As the first location for his 2014 Art Exhibits Tour, Mississippi artist M.W. Stuart is showing his Ross Barnett Collection at the Pearl Public Library through the month of May. 

Stuart is hosting an opening reception at the library on Sat. May 24 from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, to officially kick off his art tour, and he invites everyone to come.

Stuart has been painting most of his life. Capturing a feeling or emotion or thought is what he strives to do in creating his magnificent pieces he says on his Artist page at www.talon-art.com. "I also prefer to make a painting interesting in its color, contract and subtlety, rather than focusing on detail and realism."

You can view Stuart's art collection in the library's Meeting Room during normal library hours.  Don't miss this wonderful art exhibit!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, April 17

ELMORE LEONARD, A BOOK CLUB DELIGHT AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

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It's all about famed author Elmore Leonard for the Pearl Library's  Chapter 1 Book Club's Thurs. May 8 meeting at 6 p.m.

It's not one particular title. It's any book by Elmore Leonard said Pearl Reference Librarian Cecelia, the group's leader, who is reading Forty Lashes Less One, a Western by Leonard. 

Elmore John Leonard, Jr. was born in New Orleans in Oct. 11, 1925.  He died less than a year ago, Aug. 20, 2013 in Detroit where his family had lived for years. He was 87.

Leonard's father Elmore John Leonard Sr. was a site locator for General Motors so the family moved around a lot finally settling in Detroit.

Leonard started out writing Westerns but went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers.  Many of his books and stories have been made into movies.  He was not only a novelist but a successful screenwriter as well. 

His writing style has been described as "gritty realism" and "strong dialogue."

Some of his popular books include:  Get Shorty, SWAG, Three -Ten to Yuma, Rum Punch, Hombre, Out of Site, 52 Pickup, Kill Shot, Split Images and La Brava.

Please do come and enjoy the discussion, light refreshments and door prizes. No reservation is needed, and you don't have to join as an official member.  Just come on by!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, April 15

YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THE FLOWERS SING!


VINYL RECORD FLOWERS
Vinyl Record Flowers is what they are called.  How about these to brighten up any deck, porch or garden?!

Who found this simply, wonderful craft idea? Need you really ask?  

Eleanor, Pearl Library Reference Supervisor and queen of all things Simply Crafts! It's easy she said.

All it really takes are children's albums, decorative, glass pebbles or stones and garden stakes.

Wanna learn how to make them? Then do not miss the Pearl Library's  monthly Simply Crafts night on Tues. May 13 at 6 p.m. Eleanor will make sure everyone has a really good time!

Remember, no reservations needed and all materials are furnished. 

We'll see you there!

VINYL RECORD FLOWER

Friday, April 11

A BEAUTIFUL, MAGNETIC EVENING IN PEARL!

 WOOD SLICE BIRD MAGNET MAKING
Simply Crafts night, Tues. Apr. 8, at the Pearl Public Library, featuring Wood Slice Bird Magnets, was a huge success as you see participants hard at it in the photo!

Speaking of hard at it, Eleanor, the group's leader, is already working on ideas for next month's project. We'll be letting you know about that real soon!

Simply Crafts is fun and free. All materials furnished. It's the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. Tell your friends and family. Bring them all!

We'll see you there!

WOOD SLICE BIRD MAGNETS

Monday, April 7

CRANKING UP APRIL AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

WOOD SLICE BIRD MAGNETS
SIMPLY CRAFTS, 

TUES. APR. 8 AT 6 p.m.
NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
MATERIALS FURNISHED.
CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB
THURS. APR. 10

6 p.m.
DOOR PRIZES AND LIGHT REFRESHMENTS!
SPECIAL EASTER EGG HUNT, TRIVIA,
AND GREAT PRIZES ALL WEEK LONG
APR. 14 -18
BROWN BAG IS BACK!
PRESENTING CANDI HILTON WITH 

THE FOWLER PROCHIROPRACTIC
AND
WELLNESS CENTER
APR. 25 AT NOON!

DESSERT AND DRINK PROVIDED!
EASTER EGGS GALORE!
HUNT THEM THE WHOLE

MONTH OF APRIL
IN THE BOOK SHELVES!



Wednesday, April 2

EASTER BUNNY DELIVERS BIG IN PEARL!


Image from www.ingles.babylon-idiomas.com


OMG! IT'S HOPPIN' EASTER MADNESS! 

What on earth is going on at the Pearl Public Library!!! 

Do you know what Eleanor just told me? This is huge. This is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally HUUUUUGE!  

Eggs. Eggs. Eggs. And more Easter Eggs!  Yep! The Easter Bunny just thought it would be a good idea to have an Easter Egg hunt all April-long! So, he delivered eggs and tons of candy to Eleanor!

This is how the hunt works. Find an Easter Egg in the FICTION or NONFICTION book sections of the library (Some patrons already have!). Open it up, and you'll find a note inside instructing you to take the egg to the Reference Desk to redeem your PRRRRRRRIZE! But, that's not all. 

That wonderful, Pearl Library Loving Easter Bunny left a special egg that will be added to the hunt during National Library Week, April 14 - 18! Find the egg and win a very, very special prize!

Don't miss out on this EGGSTRAVAGANZA! Come on to the Pearl Library and join in the fun. You'll be hoppin' glad you did!

See you there!

Friday, March 28

Crochet And Denim Put Together Like Flowers and Spring!

CROCHET SPRING BY RACHEL!

Spring has sprung at the Pearl Public Library in a most creative way! So, do not tell the circulation staff that Spring is not made of crochet because guess what?! It sure is! 
BEE-UTIFUL SPRING is what they call their desk decorations!(Above) 
 Mrs. Rachel got her fingers aworkin' and produced all the flowers, bees and the precious, red bird! WOW! That's a true gift! That lady can crochet like nobody's beeswax! Sara and Carolyn (who did all the lettering), along with the rest of the circulation staff, worked hard to get it all up!


Denim Window by Eleanor!
UHHH-HMMMMM!!!! Not to be outdone, Eleanor, from the Reference Dept., pulled out leftover denim from her Giving Tree Simply Crafts program and made all of THIS (above and below)!. Lettering, flowers, sun and grass border, all denim! Can you believe it! GREAT GOLLY, MISS MOLLY these folks are sure talented! Come by the library and see these bright, festive decorations!


Denim Spring Desk by Eleanor!

                                                                   

Monday, March 24

IT'S A NIGHT OF WILLIE!

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Cecelia is hitting a lot of home runs with her Chapter 1 Book Club at the Pearl Public Library,and she's on a winning streak now! Who doesn't love Mississippi's own homeboy, the late, Willie Morris?!

Willie was born in Jackson in 1934 and later moved to Yazoo City when he was six. He played baseball, football and basketball at Yazoo City High School as well as served as editor of the school newspaper. 

One of Mississippi's best-known writers, personal experiences is where Willie pulled from to produce his awe-inspiring work. Some of his best known pieces include North Toward Home, Yazoo, Good Old Boy, My Dog Skip and The Last of the Southen Girls. Willie died September of 1999.

Pick any book written by Willie Morris for the Chapter 1 Book Club meeting Apr., 10 at 6 p.m. Cecelia would love to see you. No reservation required and there are  always door prizes and light refreshments!

We will see you there!




Friday, March 21

BACK TO THE BASICS! COMPUTER 101 IN PEARL!

Graphic from www.mytechteam.net

You've been asking about them, and starting in April, monthly, basic computer classes are BAAAAAAACK!

The Pearl Library's own Erica will show you how to do it all. There's Introduction to the Internet on Thurs. April 3, introduction to Email on Thurs. April 10 and Introduction to Microsoft Word on Thurs. April 17. All classes are at 4:00 p.m.


Don't miss out! Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell somebody!!!!

Classes are free and no reservation required.  

We'll see you there!

A BIRD THAT STICKS WITH YOU!

Wood Slice Bird Magnets by Eleanor

Just so y'all know. Eleanor is back at it again.  She'll do whatever it takes for her Simply Crafts, adult program at the Pearl Public Library! Even if it means hauling wood. Uh-huh. That's right. 

April's craft is Wood Slice Bird Magnets on Tues. April 8 at 6:00 p.m.  

Obviously, the craft is made using wood slices. But, just where did the wood slices come from? "I found a tree limb by the pond behind my house," said Eleanor. "I dragged it into the yard for Jason (husband) to saw it up. I let him do all of the hard labor, but the craft was too cute to not put for the effort!"   

Don't you just know she was plumb tuckered out! But she did it! Oh, the sacrifices for craft night! KUDOS! I meeeeeean nothing but KUDOS for Eleanor and poor 'ol Jason!

The birds are from decorative bird napkins that Eleanor found at Dirt Cheap. Add a little mod podge and a paint brush and you got yourself a beautiful, decorative magnet! Wouldn't that would make a fine gift for someone?

Listen, don't miss out on this wonderful craft.  No reservation and no materials needed.

We'll see you there!


STICKS AND STRINGS CREATE BEAUTIFUL THINGS!

BABY'S SUN HAT AND HEAD BAND BY RACHEL

If you haven't heard by now, there's something mighty creative happening at the Pearl Library! It's crochet. It's hip. It's cool! Everyone's doing it!

Among the talented is library staffer, Rachel, truly gifted, who can weave the most beautiful works of crochet!  Fittingly she heads up the Sticks and Strings adult program the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m at the  Library.  Her next session is Thurs. April. 3.

"I love it," said Rachel of her program and the art. "I've been crocheting for years. I started when my children were little." Then other things in life started taking her attention from crochet. But, she's back at it, and has been for a long while now letting her hands work pretty magic.


MUG COSIES BY RACHEL

Those brand new to crochet as well as the more advanced come to Sticks and Strings Rachel said.   "I have beginners in the group, so I'll try to have a little more simple project like a bow for them to do," she said.  

Then there are others who are more experienced, and for those Rachel may have a different project on hand.  Before anything gets underway, "I'll ask who has been working on something," said Rachel. "I'll tell them to show us what you have. Then, we'll go from there."

It's an informal session and there's no set agenda.  Folks just sit and crochet and visit. "They love it," Rachel said.  

No reservation is needed, but do bring your own materials. All are welcome!

We'll see you there!

PHONE THEM AND THEY WILL MAGICALLY TRAVEL THE AIRWAYS TO APPEAR!


That's what Skype is ya know. It's a derivative of SKY and PEER-TO-PEER that finally became SKYPE!

What it means is that you can talk to someone and see them at the same time! Not standing right beside you silly!  Over the computer OR your phone OR even your TV if it has Skye on it! 

You phone them and POOF! there they are! It's magic!  It's being together when you are apart. It's for every situation whether it be a party, business meeting or even a looooooooooove connection...oooh la la!

Let the Pearl Library's own, Keaura show you how it's done! Her informative, FREE, class is Monday, April 21 at 4 p.m. It's an hour-long class that needs no reservation. 

Don't miss this.  Let Keaura take you into the world of Skyping. She will tell you what Skype is, the services offered, the preparation it takes to use Skype, setting up a Skype account and how to make a call using Skype. 

Come on! Let's get your Skyping started! Oh, yeah! We will see you there!



THE PEARL LIBRARY HAS TOTAL CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH IN THE BAG!






After a few months' hiatus, the Brown Bag, adult program is BACK!!!!! 

To kick it off again, well, not too hard of a kick. You have to watch your back ya know! 

Candi Hilton with the Fowler ProChiropractic and Wellness Center - which uses the  "whole person approach" to wellness and which has been freeing people from pain since 2001 - will be the guest speaker April 25 at 12 - noon at the Pearl Public Library. Candi will talk about Trigger Point Therapy which relieves pain and stress from the body.

Located in Pearl, the ProChiropractic and Wellness Center, helps you achieve the highest in chiropractic wellness through combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum.

It's a free program. Bring your lunch, but the library will hook you up with  dessert and a drink. There will also be door prizes!

No reservations needed. Just show up! We'll see you there!



LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED AND GO ALL WEEK! IT'S WORTH IT!




There's a reason, libraries are celebrated all over the United States for a whole week in April. This year it's April 14 -18. 

Hey!!!! Libraries are WORTH IT! Can you imagine life without libraries?! WAKE ME UP FROM THIS NIGHTMARE, SOMEBODY PLEASE!

I'm OK now. Thanks. 

There's one thing for sure. The Pearl Public Library is definitely celebrating! On tap are an Easter Egg hunt for adults, trivia and prizes.  Oh, what's this I hear! Eleanor says the bunny is leaving a cute little basket for the winner that finds that special egg!  Cooooooooooooool beans...uh, eggs I mean!  Don't miss it!

And, now, let's take a look at what some folks have to say about libraries...

--The public library is more than a repository of books. It's a mysterious, wondrous place with the power to change lives.Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor

--It's an essential fight librarians are making, an age-old fight; yours is a battle for civilization. It's a fight for our country's founding values. Radio talk-show host Jim Hightower

--We must not think of learning as only what happens in schools. It is an extended part of life. The most readily available resource for all of life is our public library system. Author David McCullough

--The part of my education that has had the deepest influence wasn't any particular essay or even a specific class, it was how I was able to apply everything I learned in the library to certain situations in my life. . . The library takes me away from my everyday life and allows me to see other places and learn to understand other people unlike myself. Musician Gloria Estefan

--We all love to hear a good story. We save our stories in books. We save our books in libraries. Libraries are the storyhouses full of all those stories and secrets. Actor Kathy Bates
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YES! YES! YES! That's what I'm talkin' about! And, that's why the Pearl Public Library will have some special, adult fun going on during National Library Week!

Please come by and support your library especially during this nationally recognized week!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 12

This Pretty, Little Craft Night Gem Had Them By The Neck!

Eleanor's March Simply Crafts group, at the Pearl Library, show their beautifully made glass pendant necklaces for all to see!



The craft called for beveled glass tiles, scrapbook paper, Modge Podge and bails and chains!
"Everyone had such a good time," said Eleanor. "They really enjoyed the pendant craft!"
She can't wait for next month's gathering. Stay tuned to this blog to find out what that's gonna be!




Monday, March 3

The Agatha Christie Experience, For The First Time Again, Starting With Chapter 1!


Just what is Cecelia up to now with her Chapter 1 Book Club at the Pearl Public Library?

It's a mystery. It's a mystery of all mysteries! It's rediscovering Agatha Christie. How better to do that than to start at the beginning, right? Riiiiiiight!

The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie's first novel, was first published in 1920, and introduced super sleuth, Hercule Poirot.  The fictitious, Belgian detective Poirot would go on to star in 39 of Christie's novels. 

OK, let's see what's up....

Emily Inglethorp, of the English countryside manor Styles, is dead.  She's really dead. The poor lady was poisoned with strychnine! YIKES!

Who's the first person of interest? Of course, the husband.  After all, this guy, upon poor Emily's death, would be riiiiiiiiiiich!  But, hold it right there! Let's not get ahead of ourselves! Anyway, it's just not that simple.

Captain Hastings, a guest at Styles,  called his friend to help investigate to find out just what went down! And, guess who the friend is? YEP,  enter Poirot!

Oh, if it were just a simple case of the husband did it, but the timeline doesn't fit the crime. So, now Poirot must  delve into all the personal business of the family living at Styles! 

So, who dunnit?!?!?! Read the book and come join the Chapter 1 Book Club meeting Thurs. Mar. 13 at 6 p.m. You don't have to reserve a spot, and you don't have to be a member. Just come by and join the fun discussion and the whole, wonderful Agatha Christie experience!

And don't forget...there will be door prizes and light refreshments.

We'll see you there!


Tuesday, February 25

MARCH RIGHT INTO ART MADNESS AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!




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Come March you might not recognize the Pearl Public Library when you walk in OK! 

Seriously folks, it gets kinda art crazy around the place. You wanna know why?! Because it's National Youth Art Month!

It's madness I tell ya! M - ART - CH MADNESS! 

The library will literally turn into a wonderful art gallery with colorful, creative students' art - all from the Pearl Public School District - canvassing almost the whole library!  You gotta see this!

A reception on Tues. March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. will kick things off.  Hundreds (and I do mean huuuuuuuuuuuuundreds) of supporters will turn out for this reception, enjoy some refreshments and stroll around the library to see all the gorgeous work these kids work so hard to produce!

The art work will stay up the entire month of March for all to enjoy!

Don't miss it!

Friday, February 21

ADORNING CRAFT AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!



You simply cannot beat fun, beautiful jewelry making, and Eleanor has March's Simply Crafts night looking pretty darn good!

How about tile glass pendants?

The craft calls for beveled glass tiles, scrapbook paper, Modge Podge and bails and chains! You do not want to miss this craft night full of creative fun on Tues. March 11 at 6 p.m. No registration is required. All materials are furnished.

And, then there's the morning session of March's Simply Crafts's double header  -  same day , but at 10:30 a.m. when Shirley will take you into the world of rug making using cloth.

This craft is called Rags to Rugs. Does it sound familiar? It should. This is Shirley's third month of  Rags to Rugs crafting!

It looks like this one may be her biggest class yet with so many already signed up although no registration is required. Please bring any old t-shirts or cloth you might have on hand.

We sure hope to see you at the Pearl Public Library where crafting is always simple and creatively entertaining!



CHAPTER 1: SKYPE SUCCESS!









The Pearl Library's Chapter 1 Book Club's live author's visit was  a huge success and everyone had a fabulous time said Cecelia, the book club's leader.

The Skype visit took place on Thurs. Feb. 13. "It is so exciting to be able to visit live with a best-selling author," said Cecelia speaking of author Becky Aikman.  "Becky lives in New York but called us from Los Angeles where she was for a book signing."

Aikman must have been great, and really down to earth because Cecelia said, "I could hang out with her! Becky was friendly, funny, entertaining and very generous with her time. She updated us on 'The Blossoms' as the five, young widows dubbed themselves. They are still friends.  They keep in contact with one another and get together periodically."

Here's what Saturday Night Widows is about:  Journalist and former Newsday reporter, Aikman lost her husband to cancer when she was in her forties. Sad and lonely she tried a support group. All she felt was more sad, and that was not working for her. She knew she had to get busy reinventing herself.  

Aikman researched what had been written about dealing with loss. Later, she remarried, but the traumatic loss was still present so Aikman found herself putting the valuable research to work.  

By asking around, Aikman was able to form her own group of young widows. Remarried for four years by the group's first meeting, Aikman also had new challenges to tackle. As if grief issues weren't enough, she now had to deal with a "new life, new career,  new husband, new stepdaughter, new home and new dog," as she put it. 

Her mission was to balance a new life with memories from the past.  Not an easy feat, but with five new friends, a lot of laughter and a few tears, Aikman made it work!

A Skype visit takes a book club meeting to another level said Cecelia. "If you or someone you know is in a book club, a Skype visit with an author makes a very unique program," she said. "Many authors, especially new ones, will work with you on speaking to your group."


The Pearl Chapter 1 Book Club meets every 2nd Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.  All are welcome to attend. If you would like to read along with the group, inquire at the Pearl Library for the current month’s selection at 601-932-2562 or on our website at www.cmrls.lib.ms.us.




SWEET AND HOT LIBRARY LOVE IN PEARL!


Photos by Pearl's circulation supervisor, Sara Smith

The Pearl Public Library's sixth annual Come in from the Cold with a Good Book was a tremendous success with upward of 1,200 patrons participating during the three-day event to support the Friends of the Pearl Library!

We heard "I love my library" over and over and over again as patrons happily enjoyed tons of free Community Coffee ( PECAN PRALINE ROCKS!), donuts and cookies Wed. Feb. 12 thru Fri. Feb. 14, that special love day!!!! Many patrons donated money to the Friends and/or expressed interest in becoming a Friends member. Some took an application to go while a couple of them signed up on the spot and paid their membership! YAY!!!

A big LOVIN' thanks to local business donors, Community Coffee, Dunkin' Donuts, That Special Touch, The Donut Factory, Western Sizzlin', Sam's and Wal-Mar for helping make this Library Lovers' Month celebration possible! 

And, thanks to the Friends of the Library for lending the library staff a helping hand.

Last but not least, thanks to our AWESOME patrons for making it so much fun!



Tuesday, February 11

HAPPY LIBRARY LOVERS' MONTH!

Library Lovers' Month is in full swing and the Pearl Public Library is gearing up for its sixth annual Come in From the Cold With a Good Book! 

The event, sponsored by area businesses, in support of the Friends of the Pearl Library, starts tomorrow Wed. Feb. 12 and runs through Valentine's Day, Fri. Feb. 14!

Free donuts, cookies and coffee, made possible by Community Coffee, Dunkin' Donuts, The Donut Factory, That Special Touch, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and Western Sizzlin', will be provided for all patrons visiting the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

You don't want to miss this LOVELY event! The library welcomes all to come enjoy something sweet and a hot beverage, meet library staff and learn about the Friends of the Library. Who knows, you might even want to join and become a Friends member yourself!  Donations to the Friends will be sweetly and warmly welcome!

Oh, by the way, just a reminder that the library's adult winter program, Snuggle Up and Read!,  is going on right now and will run clear through Library Lover's Month, ending Feb. 28.  The person who reads the most, wins this pictured basket full of amazing prizes!


Friday, January 31

Saturday Night Widows Available At The Pearl Library!



Yes, another blog about the Chapter 1 Book Club's big night coming up Thurs. Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library. 

 Just in today, 10 copies of Saturday Night Widows are now available at the Pearl Library's circulation desk! Don't wait too late to come check one out! You don't want to miss this!
 
 Cecelia has arranged a Skype (visual using webcam) visit with Saturday Night Widows author, Becky Aikman.  WOOOO HOOO! Go, Cecelia!

Journalist and former Newsday reporter, Aikman lost her husband to cancer when she was in her forties. Sad and lonely she tried a support group. All she felt was more sad, and that was not working for her. She knew she had to get busy reinventing herself.  

Aikman researched what had been written about dealing with loss. Later, she remarried, but the traumatic loss was still present so Aikman found herself putting the valuable research to work.  

By asking around, Aikman was able to form her own group of young widows. Remarried for four years by the group's first meeting, Aikman also had new challenges to tackle. As if grief issues weren't enough, she now had to deal with a "new life, new career,  new husband, new stepdaughter, new home and new dog," as she put it. 

Her mission was to balance a new life with memories from the past.  Not an easy feat, but with five new friends, a lot of laughter and a few tears, Aikman made it work!

Can you believe that you get an opportunity to meet and chat with this wonderful author via Skype?! Amazing!

The Chapter 1 Book Club will meet Thurs. Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration is required, and you do not have to commit to joining the group. Just come on by and hear a very interesting story LIVE!

Monday, January 27

The Pearl Library Creatively Features Mississippi's Magnetism!

The Love Mississippi magnet, sporting a sweet, red heart, lies beside the Shrinky Dinks bag.

If you have a real heart for our beloved state, and love crafts, you absolutely must come be a part of the Pearl Public Library's  Feb. 11, 6 p.m. Simply Crafts.

On tap is SHRINKY DINK crafting!

Eleanor says "Shinky Dinks aren't just for kids anymore! This month we'll create a Love Mississippi magnet using Shrinky Dink plastic. We'll outline and paint the state of Mississippi."

If you are already getting nervous just thinking that you might have to  freehand draw the shape, "Don't fret. We'll trace it," said Eleanor. "We'll add a heart detail near our hometown location. It's so fun to watch the plastic shrink and curl in the oven!"

That does sound like a ton of fun!  Don't miss it. No registration is required and all supplies are furnished. We will definitely see you here!

That takes care of the evening session of February's double header Simply Crafts

Shirley is raring to go with her second RAGS TO RUGS, a repeat of January's craft session, at 10:30 a.m. Tues. Feb. 11.  


 Fabric Woven Rug
"It takes a lot of fabric to make a rug," said Shirley.  So, please remember to bring in any old t-shirts you might have lying around.    Folks have been dropping off fabric in the donation bin next to the library's circulation desk. It's greatly appreciated. Keep it coming!

No registration is required, but would be helpful. The first three folks who register will get a small prize.  You can contact the reference desk to register or get more information.

Come on. Join us! Let's cut...uh...weave a rug together!!!

 

Thursday, January 23

Pearl's Chapter 1 Book Club Hosts Live, Visual Talk With Author!

Author Becky Aikman and her Saturday Night Widows Group

Cecelia, leader of the Pearl Library's Chapter 1 Book Club, has arranged a Skype (visual using webcam) visit with Saturday Night Widows author, Becky Aikman. You don't want to miss it!

Journalist and former Newsday reporter, Aikman lost her husband to cancer when she was in her forties. Sad and lonely she tried a support group. All she felt was more sad, and that was not working for her. She knew she had to get busy reinventing herself.  

Aikman researched what had been written about dealing with loss. Later, she remarried, but the traumatic loss was still present so Aikman found herself putting the valuable research to work.  

By asking around, Aikman was able to form her own group of young widows. Remarried for four years by the group's first meeting, Aikman also had new challenges to tackle. As if grief issues weren't enough, she now had to deal with a "new life, new career,  new husband, new stepdaughter, new home and new dog," as she put it. 

Her mission was to balance a new life with memories from the past.  Not an easy feat, but with five new friends, a lot of laughter and a few tears, Aikman made it work!

Can you believe that you get an opportunity to meet and chat with this wonderful author via Skype?! Amazing!

The Chapter 1 Book Club will meet Thurs. Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration is required, and you do not have to commit to joining the group. Just come on by and hear a very interesting story LIVE!