Wednesday, January 16

Crochet @ Flowood Library

Join us as we learn to Crochet with Donna at the Flowood Library on 1/17/2019 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. You will need your own crochet hook and your favorite color yarn. Preregistration is requested.

According to World Book Online, a library database available at our CMRLS website, crochet not to be confused with the word croquet “is a type of needlework that uses a hooked needle to pull a thread into interlocking looped stitches to form a fabric. People commonly use crochet to create baby clothes, sweaters, hats, mittens, purses, shawls, comforters, and afghans. Artists create flat and three-dimensional artworks in crochet.

People first crocheted with wool yarn, or fine cotton, silk, or linen thread. However, almost any fiber may be crocheted. Today, people crochet items made of light and heavy cotton, acrylic and wool yarns, and plain and metallic threads. Crocheted material may have a smooth, shiny, fleecy, or nubby texture. Different colors and threads may be combined for interesting surfaces. People may also work in beads, sequins, and baubles.

Crochet hook sizes are generally chosen to match the thread thickness. Thicker yarns need thicker hooks. The hooks may be made of metal, wood, plastic, or bone.

There are many different crochet stitches. The basic chain stitch begins with a loop. A thread is drawn through the loop to form another loop. The first row builds up in this way until a length of stitches forms and becomes the fabric edge. The final fabric results by working loops into rows back and forth from the beginning edge row The middle finger and thumb of one hand hold the thread so it can be picked up by the hook held in the other hand. Other stitches include the single, double, slip, loop, bullion, picot, and cross treble. These stitches are all variations of the chain procedure.

Crocheting is a popular hobby because the materials are usually inexpensive and the work proceeds quickly. The projects are easy to carry, which enables people to work on them in spare moments. Many classes, magazines, exhibits, and Internet discussion groups are dedicated to the subject of crochet.

The word crochet means hook in French. An early form of crochet was used in France and other western European countries in the late 1700s. However, crocheting as we know it today did not become widely popular until the 1840s. At that time, books and women's magazines contained printed patterns for crocheted doilies, tablecloths, pillow covers, and edgings. Since the 1960s, people have explored the crochet technique and applied it to wall-hangings, window treatments, sculpture, and wearable art. It is an important craft along with weaving, macrame, knitting, and other needlework techniques.”

Pam, a member of our library staff, offers a testimonial of her experience with the class.
If you come to the Flowood Library on the third Thursday night of each month, you will encounter a group of ladies who are excited about learning to crochet. The class is designed for beginners who want to learn how to crochet, although we have those who are experienced come to be part of the class. We welcome any and all who have an interest in crocheting or who just want to observe and be sociable.
The class originated in September 2018 as a result of a number of patrons expressing a desire to learn how to either crochet or knit. We have a patron, Donna, who volunteers her time to teach a beginner level crocheting class.
The first thing that a person interested in the class needs to know is that they can either call the Flowood Library or stop by and preregister for the class. However, if one does not preregister, they can just come to the class at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday night of each month. Normally a person attending the class will need to bring their own supplies. This includes a crochet hook and yarn. We suggest purchasing just regular yarn and a size “J” crochet hook.
The first thing that is taught is the basic chain stitch. This is the beginning stitch of all crochet projects. Next, Donna teaches how to single crochet and then double crochet. So far most of the attendees have learned how to chain stitch and single crochet. However, if a person has never been to the class, they can still come and start from the beginning to learn how to chain stitch. Donna provides both one on one instruction and group instruction.
Currently the class is crocheting a small square just to give everyone practice crocheting. We have discussed crocheting a scarf next using the single crochet stitch. This will be a fun and easy project. Then Donna is going to teach how to double crochet and how to read a pattern for a crochet project.
We encourage anyone to come who has an interest in crocheting or just would like to make some new friends. Make 2019 the year you venture out to the library to learn something new and fun.

Friday, January 11

Begin Sewing at the Brandon Library!

Learn the basics of sewing with us!

Do you want to use our sewing machines acquired with the So, Sew! grant? Just let us know! For more information, call the Brandon Library at (601) 825-2672.

January 12: Apron
January 19: Fold-Up Shopping Bag
January 26: Thumb-Finger Potholder

Please preregister.

Supply List:

Class #1 - Apron

  • Fabric - 1 yard 45 inch wide for the main color
  • 1/2 yd for the second color
  • 1/2 yd fusible interfacing
  • thread to match 
  • usual sewing notions (if you're bringing your own machine)

Class #2 - The fold-up shopping bag
  • 1 yard 45 inch wide fabric
  • thread to match. 
  • Usual sewing notions (if you're bringing your own machine)

Class #3 - Thumb-Finger Pot Holder
  • We will use the scraps from the first two projects or two fabric pieces approximately 8 x 10 inches 
  • 1 piece each of Insul-bright and quilt batting - 8 x 10 inches
  • thread to match.
  • Usual sewing notions (if you're bringing your own machine)

****Usual Sewing Notions (if you're bringing your own machine)
This is a list of the basic items needed for beginning sewing. Please put your name on all your supplies.
  • Scissors – please be sure these will easily cut fabric.
  • Seam ripper 
  • Tape measure - 60 inches at least 
  • Seam gauge 
  • Water soluble disappearing ink pen FOR FABRIC or other marker for fabric 
  • Pins and pin cushion 
  • Hand sewing needles - sharps size 10 or an assortment of sizes
  • Thimble 
  • Large safety pin 
  • Box or container for supplies 
  • Needle threader - can be helpful if you have difficulty threading needles 
  • Small sack for scraps/trash - bring this when attending a class 

Some stores sell preassembled kits containing many of these supplies. It is best not to purchase these as the scissors do not cut well and the needles and pins are not sharp enough to use without marring the fabric. Most all of these supplies should be available at fabric stores or Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.

If you are bringing your own sewing machine, please bring sewing machine needles - several sizes are very useful. Also, bring the instruction manual for the machine.

National Popcorn Day @ Magee Library

January 19 is National Popcorn Day and we plan to celebrate it by giving away a “Popcorn Bowl”How do you enter your name in the drawing for the “Popcorn Bowl"? Simply come by the Magee Library and check out an item. That easy! For every item a Library cardholder checks out, they get one entry to put in the drawing!

No one knows the origin of Popcorn day. But according to the website,, it was obviously someone with good taste! Fun activities to try? String some unsalted and unbuttered popcorn and place the string on a tall bush or a low tree for the birds...or make popcorn balls!

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups miniature marshmallows

  1. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Add vegetable oil to a 4-quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When the oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Put popcorn in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Melt butter In a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly. 
  4. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix with a spoon to coat evenly.
  5. Let mixture cool slightly. Smear butter on your hands or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix popcorn with your hands so that it is evenly coated.
  6. Form popcorn into 8 balls.

 Finally, take a picture of yourself and share on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.

Thursday, January 10

LAKE: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

We had so much fun at story time this month.  Everyone brought a stuffed animal for the stuffed animal sleepover.  After some stories, songs and making a jet pack for our furry friends, we had chocolate milk and put them down for a nap.  I thought, "Whew!  Done with that!  Time to get some more work done."  I had forgotten how much work stuffed animals can be.  I went to shelve some books and when I came back some of them were playing with the copy machine while the others were playing with the train. If you want to see all the things the stuffed animals got into at the library, go and visit our Facebook page and search for the hashtag #cmrlslake.

I finally got them all rounded back up from all their adventures and mischief and they agreed that if I read them a story, they would go back to sleep.  So we read a book together and then they all laid down in my office under a nice soft blanket and that's where I found them the next morning when it was time for their owners to pick them up.  I think they had fun at the library.  I hope they visit again soon, but I must admit that I'll have to think twice before I let them stay the night at the library again. Babysitting stuffed animals is a big responsibility.

Wednesday, January 9

A Visit from Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Join us for Family Story Time at the Flowood Library on 1/12/2019 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. We will enjoy stories, music, crafts, and snacks as we celebrate A.A. Milne's birthday. Winnie the Pooh will be here as our special guest. Tigger wanted to be here, but he had another engagement.

Growing up I never knew that much about Winnie the Pooh other than he had a few cartoons, a few books, and a Disney World ride at Magic Kingdom. How would I approach learning more about Winnie the Pooh? In the old days, I could reach for a dusty encyclopedia and possibly find the answer? Do they make dusty encyclopedias anymore? I could also check out a book at the local library. But what if the library is closed for the day?

Through the CMRLS (Central Mississippi Regional System) website I have access to an online World Book Encyclopedia where I can find answers to a number of questions including, "Who is Winnie the Pooh?"

I go to the website where I find the Digital Library drop-down menu.  I click on Virtual Reference Collection and then on to the subheading World Book Online.  I click on the Kids box category because Winnie the Pooh is based on a character made for children. Then I type in the name Winnie the Pooh.

World Book Online tells me that, "Winnie-the-Pooh is a toy stuffed bear who is the title character in two books by the English author A. A. Milne. Both books have become classics of children's literature. The first is a collection of stories called Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). The bear also appeared in a second book, The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

Milne’s stories describe the adventures of a boy named Christopher Robin and his animal friends in a forest called the Hundred Acre Wood. The boy is the only human being in the adventures and serves as the kindly master of the animals.

Winnie-the-Pooh is a gentle-natured bear who loves honey. Other characters include a gloomy donkey called Eeyore, a peppy tiger called Tigger, a timid pig called Piglet, a philosophical owl called Owl, an interfering Rabbit, and a kangaroo named Kanga and her baby called Roo."

World Book Online provides an option where the article can be read to you. There is a category for Pictures, Videos and More, and a category for More Information.

Additional hyperlinks are available so you can learn more about the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories, A. A. Milne, and the illustrator who drew Winnie the Pooh, Ernest Howard Shepard.

The story of Winnie the Pooh was inspired by the stuffed animals belonging to A. A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin.  One never knows where inspiration will appear.

I found using World Book Online to be user-friendly and very informative. It reminds me that Google and Wikipedia may not have all the answers to my questions when I'm performing research.

Winnie the Pooh is coming to the Flowood Library on January 12, 2019, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. I sure hope he brings some honey!

Tuesday, January 8

Art Display at Raleigh Public Library

Come by the Raleigh Public Library and look at the wonderful art display by Lucy Scott Walker. Lucy is a resident of Raleigh, MS and enjoys painting with acrylic medium on canvas. Lucy does a wonderful job making each picture look life like. Each brushstroke creates a picture that makes you think you can walk right up to its subject. Lucy has a variety of subjects including landscapes, animals, and buildings. Some of her paints you might recognize. She has painted Shongelo Park, Vicksburg plantation ruins, several well know cabins, and the old Coursey Doctor's Office that is now State Farm in Raleigh. Her art will continue to display through the end of January.

Monday, January 7

Rolling into the New Year Strong at the Pearl Public Library!

So, you would think with the busy programming year the Pearl Public Library had in 2018, there would be some down time and uh, just chillin' out right now. Right? 


Well, actually there is some chillin' going on, just not that kind of chillin'! No, this is the brrr kind of chillin'.  It's cold themed programs. However, it would be nice if the temperature would straighten out and act like it's winter time! LOL!  

Already underway is the Snuggle Up and Read adult program. All you have to do is write a book review for every book you snuggle up with. Every book review is a chance to win a throw blanket and hot chocolate basket. The drawing will be held on Fri. Feb. 1.

Please mark you calendars!  Here comes the biggie! As February is Library Lover's Month, the Pearl Library is second to none in showing the community some good lovin'! 

It's the patron favorite Come in From the Cold With a Good Book on Wed. Feb. 13 and Thurs. Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day! This is the eleventh year for the event when patrons are treated to free cookies, donuts and coffee all generously donated by area businesses. 

Community Coffee, the Donut Factory, Dunkin' Donuts, That Special Touch Bakery, Sam's Club of Pearl, Wal-Mart of Pearl and Simply Southern Cafe and Grill in Flowood help out every year to make this event spectacular! The program is also sponsored by the Friends of the Pearl Library. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions about the Friends' group. Registration forms to become a Friends' member will be available.  

You really don't want to miss this! What a great time to bring your family and friends, sit in the little, sweet cafe the Pearl Library creates and just enjoy the free treats and fellowship!

We'll see you there!

January Events at Pelahatchie Public Library

The Pelahatchie Public Library has several events scheduled for the remainder of this month.  One is the adult book club that meets Wednesday, January 16, at 9:30 a.m.  Our book club is in its sixth year and we have read almost 100 titles during that time.  This month's book for discussion is Jodi Picoult's novel, The Storyteller, a story set in present day with flashbacks to World War II.  As always, Ms. Picoult's story of a Nazi soldier living under an assumed name in the United States tugs at issues of morality; and if you're familiar with her novels, it has that little twist at the end that you may or may not have seen coming. 

The other upcoming program is Ladies Movie Night.  Back by popular demand, on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m., we will show Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, rated PG-13.  The movie runs 114 minutes and was produced by Universal Studios.  There will be popcorn and drinks served for all who attend.

Wednesday, January 2

Art on Exhibit @ Flowood Library

The Flowood Library offers an opportunity to see a gallery of exhibits by local artists.  Currently, we have several paintings available to be viewed by the public free of charge.  Paintings of tigers, but no lions or bears.  Oh, my.  Parrots, owls, cardinals and other birds of a feather such as seagulls and pelicans.  We have polar bears putting on quite a show.  An assortment of fish accompanied underwater by sea turtles.  We can enjoy the peaceful scenery of houses on the beach or we can see a forest in the trees.  Several other critters are represented in this display.

Come to the Flowood Library and enjoy our art gallery of paintings created by a local artist.  The exhibit is open during regular library hours and is free to the public.

Thursday, December 27

Magee: What a year it has been!

Well, 2018, has come and is just about gone. We have had over 44,700 people come through our doors, for all different reasons; checking out or checking in, copying, faxes, scanning, computers, studying or even just waiting on Mom or Dad to pick them up.

Our hottest ticket this year was our Printeron services. It is so easy to use. You can submit your print job through our Printeron app on your smart device or submit through our homepage. Any patron can choose Brandon, Pearl, Flowood, Forest, or here at Magee to pick up their copies.

Our top check outs at the Magee Library were:
  1. Wonder (DVD)
  2. The Dark Tower (DVD) 
  3. Coco (DVD) 
  4. Kong : Skull Island (DVD) 
  5. The Emoji Movie (DVD)

No books made the top 5! Can you believe that?

The Books & Lunch Club's top book was entitled, The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. The book is set in 1970’s Alaskan Frontier. It is a coming of age for thirteen-year-old Leni and her mother, Cora, to finally learn to stand up and be strong.

Our top Summer Library Program this year was a tie between Inky the Clown and the all-time favorite, the Snakeman! You can look back at the pictures from Facebook here.

Our favorite family program was Mitch Warner with his steel drums. Loved how he gave the children and teens a chance to learn how to play the drums.

Tea & Coloring has been a surprise hit. When we have it, we usually have around twenty to twenty-five people here. This coming year, we will offer it at least once a month. We started out using mostly colored pencils and just a few Sharpie markers, now we use mostly Sharpie markers. I love going in and coloring and listening to all the conversations between people.

It has been a wonderful year, full of joy, thanks to all that come through our doors at the Magee Library. We hope this coming year will be even more joyful! 

Happy New Year from the Morton Public Library!

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas. We are very excited for a new year and to have new programs for everyone to enjoy!

Preschool Story Time is every Tuesday morning at 10:00. Bring your little ones, and join us for stories, music, dancing, and crafts!

January’s themes are:

  • January 8th: Winter 
  • January 15th: Snow 
  • January 22nd: Snowmen 
  • January 29th: Frosty the Snowman 
Do you ever wish you could bring snow inside? With snow dough, you can! It's cold, squishy, moldable, and feels just like snow! So join us, January 3 at 5:00 p.m. for K-4th grade Craft Night to make snow dough! All supplies will be provided.

We will be having Tween Craft Night on January 10 at 5:00 p.m.! The tween group is grades 5-8. We will be making art using old CDs! You can make a winter themed CD, such as a snowman, or you can let your imagination run wild and come up with your own unique design! This event is free, and all supplies will be provided.

January 24, 4:30 p.m. we will be having Family Movie Night!
We will be watching "Disney's Christopher Robin" Produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Rating is (PG) Run time is 2 hours. This is a free event. Popcorn and soda will be provided while supplies last!

We look forward to seeing you at our programs!

Wednesday, December 19

Happenings at Flowood Library

The Flowood Library has a lot to offer and for the remainder of the month of December 2018 the following programs are scheduled:

Mugshots Trivia
We had a lot of fun at Mugshots Trivia last night, December 18, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  A special congratulations to our trivia prize winner, Morris Mermelstein, for winning first prize, a $15 gift card at Mugshots. Join us again on January 15, 2019, for another night of family-friendly fun at Mugshots Restaurant in Flowood. Presented by the Flowood and Reservoir Libraries. 

Flowood Book Club
January 15, 2019, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and discuss their favorite books and, perhaps, learn of a few more good reads in the process. The selection for January is Guardian Angel by Sara Paretsky.
The club meets every third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There shall be coffee and refreshments for attendees. We hope to see you there!

Crochet with Donna
January 17, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Join Pamela and Donna and learn to crochet. Must bring your own supplies.  Contact the library for more details. Preregistration is requested.

What Is Falun Dafa?
January 19, 2018, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Experience Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, at the Flowood Library. It is a meditation practice that brings about serenity and a higher level of awareness while also greatly benefiting your physical well-being.

Meets every second Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a meeting of the Flowood Library Recipe Club. Bring copies of your recipe to exchange along with a sample platter so everyone can try it! "Samples are optional and appreciated." Please preregister.

Mother Goose Lapsit
Mondays, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. 
Story Time for children up to 3 years old. This month's themes are Penguins, Polar Bears, and Happy Holidays! 

Peek-A-Boo Baby
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 
Babies to 16 months; join Ms. Emmy for a fun time singing songs, reading stories, and developing fine motor skills through finger plays. This month's themes are Snow, Snowmen, Happy Holidays and Penguins! 

Preschool Story Time 
Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. & Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
For children ages, 3 to 6 yrs; Ms. Eleanor hosts a fun-filled story time every Wednesday and Thursday mornings! Come join us for songs, stories, and work on a neat craft that you get to keep! This month's themes are Bears, Winter, Happy Holidays, and New Year's. 

Kids' Hour

Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. when school is in session 
Join Ms. Emmy for story time and crafts for children in kindergarten to sixth grade. This month's themes are Snow, Snowmen, and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 27, 6:30 pm 
Teens grab a hammer and get ready to make nail art. We'll have funky patterns to choose from or be creative and design your own.

The Flowood Library offers something for everyone. Our Flowood Prime Time Seniors meet every Tuesday for Card Day 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  On the first Wednesday of the month they meet for Game Day 10:00 am.-12:00 p.m.  On the last Wednesday of the month they meet for BINGO, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
When our seniors are all played out, they come inside the library and check out books, audio CDs, DVDs, or simply stop by to say, “Hello.”  Our staff is available to assist them with their information needs.

Tuesday, December 18

December Fun at the Magee Library

Open Mic Night was a “Rocking” good time!
We had 12 people that performed at our Christmas Open Mic Night, Thursday, Dec. 13. The favorite song of the night was “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” performed by Julia Chencharick and then Walter Baldwin did his version of the song. We also had “Jingle Bells” performed by Danial Baldwin. My favorite was “Blue Christmas,” performed by Walter Baldwin. (Ok, now you know I am a big Elvis fan!) He also performed “White Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” which had us all laughing. Joshua Wickes recited an Edgar Allen Poe poem entitled “The Bells.” We had a trio of boys who even tried to rap “Silent Night!” Everyone enjoyed it when the moms stood up and sang, “Dashing Thru the Snow.” The Baldwin Family did a great job on “O Come, O Come, Emanuel.”

There were a few people that performed more than once. So, we did not have a first or second place; instead, everyone that participated in the event got to put their name in a drawing for one of three $5.00 gift cards from Walmart and one $10.00 gift card from McAlister’s Deli.

The winners: Walter Baldwin won the $10 gift card, Danial Baldwin won a $5.00 Walmart card, Micah Floyd won a $5.00 Walmart card, and Julie Baldwin won the last $5.00 Walmart card.
Santa visited the Magee Library!
Santa has come and gone so he could get back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve! But when he visited the library, we had sixty-five little ones come to get their picture made with Santa Claus. While they waited for their pictures “to develop” the children had refreshments of hot chocolate and cookies. The children made a Christmas ornament to take home with them. It was a foam craft of a snowman holding a candy cane with the year on it to mark the occasion. We are already looking forward to next December!

Check out the fun things going on for January (Bingo, Tea & Coloring and Snap circuits).

Monday, December 17

'Tis the Week Before Christmas and All Through the Pearl Library...

EVERYONE is stirrin'!

Yep! A lot going on. Don't miss out on these wonderful, free programs!

Lisa is ready to get you in the Christmas spirit with her December How -to Tuesdays offering...Make Your Own Handprint Snowman Ornament. Materials are furnished and no reservation required. So, plan on coming, and bring your friends for this fun holiday craft on Tues. Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

Don't stop there though! Amy is hooking you up with a holiday classic for December's Third Thursday Flicks. Bring the whole family and enjoy White Christmas complete with popcorn, hot cocoa, and cookies. How can you possibly think about missing this chance to cozy up to a free Christmas movie and treats! That's Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5:30.
We'll see you there!

Friday, December 14

Merry Christmas from the Morton Public Library!

We are so excited that it is the holiday season! We have lots of Christmas displays and decorations for everyone to check out. We also have some fun and exciting holiday programs.

Santa Claus came to town and visited the Morton Library on December 13th. He posed for pictures, picked up letters and heard what you wished for under the Christmas tree! Of course, we couldn't invite Santa over without having his favorite snack, so there were milk and cookies for everyone! Check the CMRLS Facebook page for the pictures from his visit!
This month we will be starting a new program night for our tweens! Tweens are students in 5th – 8th grade. This month we will be making snow dough! It’s cold, squishy, moldable, and fun to play with. So, if you’re wishing for a white Christmas join us to make your own snow on December 20th at 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you at a Library event.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

¯Santa Claus is com-ing to town¯
The children of Magee have been good this year; so Santa Claus is on his way! Santa will be here Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m. Each child will receive a FREE picture with him, enjoy his favorite snack - hot cocoa and cookies; and the little ones can make an ornament.

This is our third year for Santa to visit the Magee Library. Last year saw our biggest group ever. We want to make this year even bigger!

Wednesday, December 12

December at the Flowood Library

The Flowood Library is a community resource for the City of Flowood and the surrounding area. The Flowood Library has a lot to offer and for the remainder of the month of December 2018 the following programs are scheduled:

Mugshots Trivia
December 18, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Join us for a night of family-friendly fun. Trivia-Nite will be held at the Mugshots in Flowood. Presented by the Flowood and Reservoir Libraries.

Flowood Book Club
December 18, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and discuss their favorite books and, perhaps, learn of a few more good reads in the process. This month's selection is Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten.

The Flowood Book Club meets every third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There shall be coffee and refreshments for attendees. We hope to see you there!

Crochet with Donna
December 20, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Join Pamela and Donna and learn to crochet. Must bring your own supplies.  Contact the library for more details. Preregistration is requested.

What Is Falun Dafa?
December 15, 2018, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Experience Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, at the Flowood Library. It is a meditation practice that brings about serenity and a higher level of awareness while also greatly benefiting your physical well-being.

Flowood Library Recipe Club 
Meets every second Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a meeting of the Flowood Library Recipe Club. Bring copies of your recipe to exchange along with a sample platter so everyone can try it! "Samples are optional and appreciated."
Please preregister.

Mother Goose Lapsit
Mondays, 9:30 & 10:30 AM
Story Time for children up to 3 years old.
This month's themes are Penguins, Polar Bears and Happy Holidays!
Peek-A-Boo Baby
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM
Babies to 16 months.
Join Ms. Emmy for a fun time singing songs, reading stories, and developing fine motor skills through finger plays. This month's themes are Snow, Snowmen, Happy Holidays and Penguins!

Preschool Story Time
Every Wednesday, 10:30 AM; Every Thursday, 10:30 AM
For children ages 3 to 6 years old.
Ms. Eleanor hosts a fun filled story time every Wednesday and Thursday mornings! Come join us for songs, stories, and work on a neat craft that you get to keep! This month's themes are: Bears, Winter, Happy Holidays and New Year's.

Kids' Hour
Tuesdays, 3:30 pm (when school is in session) 
Join Ms. Emmy for story time and crafts for children in kindergarten to sixth grade. This month's themes are Snow, Snowmen, and Happy Holidays!

Teen Night
Thursday, December 27, 6:30 pm
Teens grab your hammer and get ready to make nail art. We'll have funky patterns to choose from or be creative and design your own.

The Flowood Library offers something for everyone. Check out our New Book display. We have DVDs for movie enthusiasts. We have audio CDs for your listening pleasure. If you are working on a research project or need to be proctored for a test, the staff at Flowood Library can help you.

Check out our Used Book Sale or sit quietly reading a book in our living room. The outside patio is available for your use; however, we recommend you wear a coat because it’s cold outside.

Tuesday, December 11

Pajama Party

What can be more fun than a pajama party? A pajama party with a great story teller!
The Raleigh Public Library will be having a merry time Thursday, Dec 13th at 3:30 pm as we have a Pajama Party with Diane Butler. Diane is a great story teller so it should be a really fun time.
So put on your favorite Christmas pajamas (non pajama wearers welcome too) and come to the library to have some fun. And a party is not a party without some great refreshments.  See you there.

Monday, December 10

Quit rushing around; stop and get lost in a fairy tale.

This month our book club is reading Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen and what a great story to get lost in during the rush, rush of the season. I don’t know any other way to describe the book but as a fairy tale for adults. 

Take one man that loses his beloved wife in a freak accident (for which he blames himself), add a little girl that loses her dad unexpectedly and thinks he’s come back as a forest creature. Stir in a fortune the man receives for the accident that cost him his wife and an odd brother named Wolf that is intent upon taking the money for himself. Fold in a librarian’s story about a grum and his gold. Add in a grieving wife trying to move on, a forest, a cast of unique characters from a small town, a treehouse in the forest, a falling-down library, and $4 million in gold. Beat together a man and a little girl on an adventure that helps them reconcile their great loss, and you truly have the makings of a fairy tale.

All in the book club have wonderful things to say about this book. Charming! Enchanting! A true modern-day fairy tale! I have personally read this book twice and enjoyed it as much the second time as the first. Take our advice and read this delightful title. If you’re truly too busy now, it would be a great pastime for those cold January days.

Monday, December 3

December Programs Just Keep On Giving at the Pearl Public Library!

That's right! Don't miss out on these wonderful, free opportunities to get into the holiday spirit. 

Starting with the library's featuring of New Stage Theatre's Youth Acting Troupe as they present 'Twas the Opening Night Before Christmas  on Tues. Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Bring the whole family!

But, hey, if you aren't into live theater, come on in anyway and enjoy some crafting on the very same night!  Oh, yeah, the Pearl Library can hook you up there too! Come make Borax Crystals! Fun aaaannnnd beautiful! That's from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Keeping in the crafting spirit, don't forget about this month's How- to Tuesdays. Come on to the Pearl Library and make your own Handprint Snowman Ornament on Tues. Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Wouldn't that be a great gift for yourself or someone special?!!!

Don't forget! All programs are free!

We'll see you there!

Friday, November 30

The Brandon Library is Prepping for Santa!

Though it's a little more than twelve days before Christmas, Santa will be here at the Brandon Library even sooner! 

Join us on Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 pm for a chance to meet the reindeer wrangler himself. We'll have stories, snacks, and more for you to enjoy and get into the holiday spirit while you wait for your turn with Santa.

Don't forget your wish list (we know you made one)!

We can't wait to see you there.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 29

Traveling for the Holidays?

Every trip I take requires plenty of reading material to carry along. After all, you never know when you might get a chance to read and you certainly don’t want to be stuck reading labels, assembly instructions, and so forth. I like to take at least several books, an audio or two, and several magazines. Sometimes I need an extra bag just to tote all this necessary stuff. See?

With the advent of eBooks, eAudios, and eMagazines, I have to confess that I still prefer to put my hands on the book or the magazine. There’s just something about the experience of holding the book in your hands and turning the pages (sometimes quickly) that electronic devices just do not equal. A year or so ago, though, I had an “AHA” moment. I was traveling light and decided to try the CMRLS Axis 360 and Flipster apps for my reading/listening needs. I downloaded an audio and a book from the Magic Wall, then I went to Flipster and found a magazine to download. The great thing about this download was I could get all three items where I could read/listen while offline. Who knew you could have access without an Internet connection? Well, you can! The other great thing was IT WAS FREE.  Using my library card, there was no cost to borrow all these items.

So off I went on my trip with just my iPad as my reading buddy and guess what? I found happiness and joy reading on an electronic device plus my load was much lighter. Did my discovery cause me to abandon my old friend, the book? No. Never. But I have found a balance to the book vs. eBook question because sometimes it is just more convenient to have the electronic version of my current read. I’ve been known to have the book checked out and the eBook as well and trade back and forth. 

The holidays are coming up and many of us will be traveling to visit family and/or friends. If you haven’t tried any of our free electronic books, audios, or magazines, experiment on your next trip. Download an item or two and give them a whirl. You might find, like me, that it’s a wonderful complement to your reading pleasure. To access these items, all you need is your library card. Go to our website, and click on the “Digital Library” tab. You will see the link to the Magic Wall for eBooks and downloadable audios and Flipster for downloadable magazines.  Give it a try this holiday season…then let us know what you think. 

Tuesday, November 27

Family Night with Santa @ Richland Library

Crafts and Christmas

Crafts and Christmas seem to go together because the best gifts are those that are made with love. My family one year decided that we would make Christmas special by everyone making gifts for each other. When my mother passed away, one of her items I got back was something I had made her that Christmas. It has a special memory for me now.

Libraries love to have special crafting programs during Christmas time. Here at Raleigh we just had a painting class of a stocking door hanging, and will have a family craft next Monday making snowmen, penguins, and bears out of socks. These crafts can be turned into a special gift for someone on your special list.

I went on the CMRLS website calendar and checked just the art and DIY craft events
in the system for the month of December. There are so many different programs available. Find something you think would be fun, check with that library, and then make something special for someone special to you this Christmas.

Monday, November 26

December Programs at the Pearl Public Public Are the Recipe for a Great Holiday Season!


Here's your chance to show off your culinary skills and compete to win the GOLDEN WHISK! Thurs. Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library! 

All are welcome to participate in the competition or to come taste test to vote for your favorite!

Sign up now through Mon. Dec. 3. Call or come by the library to sign up or go online at  

You also don't want to miss the library's very special Country Christmas Family Night on Tues. Dec.  11 at 6 p.m. featuring Dancin' Dan the Banjo Man and Santa Claus!  Also a free program for the whole family to enjoy!

There's so much more going on in December at the Pearl Public Library. Visit and click on EVENTS to see all scheduled programs!

We'll see you there!