Wednesday, January 27

OH WHAT SWEET HEARTS WE WEAVE AT PEARL!

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

BOOK CLUB IN PEARL CHOOSES LOCAL, MYSTERY WRITER!


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

CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB GIVES A SALUTE TO WWII IN PEARL!



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

TINY BROKEN PIECES MAKE A CRAFT OF BEAUTY IN PEARL!




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

WEBSITE LAUNCHING INSTRUCTION AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!


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

SOFT LOVE LEADS THIS CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB IN PEARL!



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

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT TAKE 2 AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!



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!

LOLLIES, TREES AND CHRISTMAS CRAFTING OH MY!





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

READER'S CHOICE - MOVIE MADE - GREAT BOOK CLUBBING!





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

DOILYING AROUND MAKES GREAT CRAFT ART IN PEARL!


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

ENTER THE WORLD OF WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT IN PEARL!





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

NOVEMBER'S BOUNTY OVERFLOWS AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!


Image from www.flickr.com
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

SHOW YOUR SPIRIT COLORS TO WIN IN PEARL!

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

AN EPIC BOOK DISCUSSION IN PEARL!



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

SCARING UP A GOOD BOOK IS A THRILL IN PEARL!

Image from ink361.com
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

CRAFTING IS A SWEET TREAT AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

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!

Tuesday, September 15

BIENVENIDOS! A HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION!


LET'S CELEBRATE!
CELEBREMOS!

Welcome all to this fantastic Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Pearl Public Library, 2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, Mississippi!  ¡Bienvenidos todos a esta fantástica celebración Mes de la Herencia Hispana en la Biblioteca Pública Perla, 2416 Viejo Brandon Carretera, Perla, Misisipí!

Bring your favorite dish and share an evening of food, music and even a pinata; fun for the whole family! Traiga su comida favorito y compartir una noche de comida , música e incluso una piñata ; ¡Diversión para toda la familia!

The fun filled event is at  6 p.m. Tues. September 22. No registration required and it's free. El evento lleno de diversión está a seis de la tarde martes Septiembre 22. No es necesario registrarse y es gratis.

Don't miss out on this wonderful time! 
No te pierdas esta maravillosa época 

We'll see you there!  
Nos vemos allí!

Monday, September 14

A MONTH TO SIGN UP FOR AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Come right on in to the Pearl Public Library and sign up for a card. Fill out an entry form for your name to go into a drawing and for a chance to win a cool prize! Bring someone else in with you to get a card, and both of your names go into a drawing to be held Thurs. Oct. 1!

Don't miss out on this cool opportunity!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, August 27

A "SIMPLY" ILLUMINATING EVENING AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

MASON JAR VOTIVE/PINTEREST IMAGE
The morning temperature is already oh-so-nice, letting us know that fall is just a few weeks away! No better time to start thinking about seasonal home decorations and crafts! 

That's what Lana, at the Pearl Public Library, has in mind for September's Simply Crafts. A fall festooned Mason Jar Votive Holder to brighten any home! Hey, it makes a great gift too! Who wouldn't want this colorful, festive beauty?!  

Don't miss this Simply Crafts on Tues., Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. It's free and all materials are supplied. No reservation or registration needed. Remember the Simply Crafts, adult program is every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, August 26

THE POWER OF SISTERLY LOVE HITS "HOME" IN PEARL!

The Chapter 1 Book Club has another great read for their September meeting at the Pearl Public Library. You don't want to miss out on this!

In Last One Home, famed author, Debbie Macomber, showcases the power of forgiveness and love in this story about the bond between sisters. Through life's trials, tribulations and family pain, the sisters realize when it's all said and done, they are still that.... family, and that they can really count on each other.

WOW! Doesn't this just fill you with familial hope!!! Dysfunctional relationships that you thought were beyond repair may not be! YES!!!!!

Come on by the Pearl Library Thurs., Sept, 10 at 6 p.m. and join in the Chapter 1 Book Club discussion. No registration or reservation required! You don't even have to be a member and you don't have to join either! Just stop in for a delightful time!

Copies are available at the Pearl Library Circulation Desk to be checked out.

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, August 5

BROWN BAG PROGRAM GOES OUTER SPACE IN PEARL!


Pearl Library staffer, Misty Shook and author Glen Stripling
During the Pearl Public Library's Brown Bag program on Friday, July 31, local author, Glen Stripling shared his Sci-Fi book about the fictitious planet Chronosia that he published in 2008, It was a good turnout. Laughter could be heard throughout the library as the audience was having such a great time!  Reference Supervisor and Adult Program Coordinator, Misty Shook did a fantastic job of welcoming the public and serving up fine refreshments!

Friday, July 17

ADULT SUMMER READING REALLY PAYS OFF IN PEARL!


Hey! Who says reading doesn't pay off?! Well, it does at the Pearl Public Library!!! Just ask Annie McRee (right) of Pearl.  She won the adult Summer Reading Program, book review drawing. On the left is Misty Shook, the library's Reference Supervisor and Adult Program Coordinator, presenting Annie with the fabulous, $25, Walmart gift certificate!  Readers turned in a book review for each book they read during the summer program - themed Escape The Ordinary – which ran from June 1 through July 9.

Saturday, July 11

A BEAUTIFUL, HEAVENLY SIGHT AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!


OJO DE DIOS! 
     (pronounced oh-ho-dey-deeee-os)

That's Spanish for Eye of God or God's Eye.   And, this beautiful creation is what Lana, at the Pearl Public Library, is crafting in July.
     
This is really easy and so much fun to make.  Some might even call it therapeutic! Good for the Soul! You know what I'm talkin' about!

Please, come join the Simply Crafts group Tues. July 14 at 6 p.m., and make a beautiful God's Eye for yourself. The program is free, all materials are supplied, and no reservations are required.

Simply Crafts meets, at the Pearl Public Library every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

You don't want to miss out on this creative event!

We'll see you there!

Friday, June 19

THE "GREATEST" BOOK CLUB AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!


Common cause, honor, duty, economy, courage, service, love of family and country and the most important, responsibility for oneself. That's what united the generation that built modern America; those heroes and heroines who "came of age" through the Great Depression and WWII. You'll learn more as you read Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, a recounting/recording of  the stories from men and women of a generation that persevered through war and created the America of today.

It's Cecelia's July, Chapter 1 Book Club selection and couldn't be a better pick during this Summer Reading Program with the main theme being Every Hero Has A Story! The Adult Summer Reading theme is Escape the Ordinary! Nothing ordinary about the heroes of Brokaw's book.

You don't want to miss out. The Chapter 1 Book Club meets Thurs. July 9 at 6 p.m.at the Pearl Library. No reservations needed, and you don't have to be a member. Just come on by and join in the discussion As always, Cecelia will have door prizes and refreshments!

We'll see you there

THIS BOOK CLUB IS TALKING TO THE AUTHOR IN PEARL!

Author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

SAVE THE DATE!  
Coming in August!

Yes, leave it to Cecelia to have something a little extra special for her August Chapter 1 Book Club. 

There will be a Skype visit with author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, the author of three novels, Bittersweet, Set Me Free, and The Effects of Light plus the short story ”Frito-Lay.”

The meeting is Thursday,  Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library!  You don't need a reservation and you don't even have to be a member of the Chapter 1 Book Club. Just come on by. Cecelia will have light refreshments and great discussion  for you. And, as always, there will be door prizes too!

We'll see you there!

Saturday, June 6

IT'S NO SECRET! MAGIC IS IN THE AIR AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!



Cecelia's Chapter 1 Book Club hits another high note this month with a selection that's just right for captivating discussion!

Author Deborah Johnson, a Nebraska transplant in Columbus, MS, takes readers on a great journey into a special place.  The Secret of Magic is a fictional story about seeking racial justice.

It's the 1940s and black, law student, Regina Mary Robichard, of Harlem, works for the Legal Defense Fund under NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall. 

As she's going through discrimination claims from black servicemen, Regina comes across an envelope full of newspaper clippings about what resembles the racially motivated death of decorated Lt. Joe Wilson Howard, a black soldier whose body was dragged from a Mississippi river.
A photo of Howard with his father painfully hits Regina at the very core. She grew up fatherless as her her father was lynched before she was even born. Another reason this case strikes a chord with Regina is that Mary Pickett Calhoun, who had sent the newspaper clippings of Howard's death, is the author of Regina's favorite childhood book. Calhoun's book The Secret of Magic  is about black and white children who explore a magical forest. 
So, Regina goes to Revere, MS - also the setting of Johnson's debut novel, The Air Between Us - where she meets Mary Pickett and Willie Willie, the dead soldier's father.  They soon discover who the killer is, but they have to prove it. 
Regina discovers that in segregated Mississippi, blacks and whites actually coexist better than in New York City. She also senses a connection to the Revere murder in Calhoun's book and that some of the book's characters may just be real.
A great book. A great discussion you don't want to miss!  The Chapter 1 Book Club meets Thurs. June 11 at 6 p.m. You don't need a reservation and you don't have to be a member. Just stop on in and chat a while! As always Cecelia will have light refreshments and door prizes for you. 
We'll see you there!

Monday, April 20

CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB REMAINS "UNBROKEN"



It's safe to say that Cecelia is enjoying reading May's Chapter 1 Book Club book choice, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  "It's really really good," she said with her facial expression showing just how much.

You may have heard a lot about the story. A movie of the same title, directed by Angelina Jolie was recently on the big screen.

The story is about Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini who was born January 26,1917 and died July 2, 2014. A U.S. airman, Zamperini survived when his bomber crashed during WWII. He spent 47 days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy. He was held as a prisoner of until the end of the war.

As a young lad, Zamperini was a handful taking to breaking the law and fighting.  As a teenager he channeled all that negative energy into running and was quite good at it. Good enough even to get him to the Berlin Olympics. 

Louie Zamperini is dubbed "One of America's greatest heroes."

Now, you just know that is one great story. So, you don't want to miss May's Chapter 1 Book Club, Thurs. May 14 at 6 p.m. No registration required, and you don't have to be a member. Just stop on by and join in the discussion. As always, Cecelia will have door prizes and light refreshments for you.

We'll see you there!

Friday, April 17

WHO SAYS EASTER EGG HUNTS ARE ONLY FOR CHILDREN!



Shirley Crowther, left, and Denise Mason, right, worked as a team to find the special golden egg hidden as part of the Pearl Public Library’s adult programming for National Library Week, April 12 -18. The prize was a treat filled Easter basket. 

The April Adult Easter Egg Hunt runs all month long. So, even though the golden egg is out of the picture, sweet treats still abound! Come on in to the Pearl Library and look for pretty eggs hidden in the adult fiction and non-fiction sections. If you find an egg, bring it to the Reference desk and claim a small prize.

We'll see you there!

Thursday, March 26

A LIFE WORTH DISCUSSING AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!



Did you know that presently the nationally and internationally acclaimed, To Kill a Mockingbird has remained Harper Lee's (first name Nelle) only published book? Did you know that she was 34 when that book was published, and she is now 88?

To Kill a Mockingbird 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.

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 July.

That's the book Cecelia, Chapter 1 Book Club leader, is reading and really enjoying she said.

By the way, after all these decades, in July of this year, Harper Lee's  second novel will be published. Go Set a Watchman is the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, but it was actually written before that book. WOW! What a momentous occasion her new book publication is going to be!

Harper Lee's is a great life to read and so are many others'! That's what April's Chapter 1 Book Club is all about at the Pearl Public Library. The book of choice is up to you. Read any biography or autobiography said Cecelia.

Come on by Thurs. April 9 at 6 p.m. and discuss your selection. 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!


Thursday, March 19

AT THE PEARL PUBLIC LIBRARY, YOU WIN BIG!!!!

  

Mickie Pace (left) was the adult program winner of the I Love My Library contest to celebrate Library Lovers’ Month at the Pearl Public Library. Branch Manager, Bernadette Roche (right)  presented the gorgeous, enormous basket full of wonderful treats after the drawing on Wed. March 4.  Mickie says she’s been using the Pearl Library about four years, and loves the library because “I can fax, make copies and bring my mom here for books on CD.”

AND!!!!!!




Cecelia Sandifer,(left) of the Pearl Public Library, presents Pearl resident, Sherry Duplichain with the grand prize from the Snuggle Up and Read  contest drawing held Wed. March 4. The adult program ran from Jan 1 to Feb. 28. Whoever read the most books was the winner. Sherry read 28 books. The prize was a beautifully decorated gift basket full of treats.



Thursday, February 26

MARCH RIGHT INTO ART MADNESS IN PEARL!



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Every year right about now, the Pearl Public Library transforms into an art gallery. Seriously! Proud students from the Pearl Schools will fill the library with their artful creations in celebration of National Youth Art Month.

The art will stay up the entire month of March so you'll have plenty of opportunities to come on by and see it.

On Tues. March 3 there's the huge annual Youth Art Month reception, honoring all the kids at 6 p.m. You really don't want to miss this!

See you there!

THE PASTURE'S A GOOD PLACE TO BE IN PEARL!




The Pearl Library's Chapter 1 Book Club will discuss books in the FairAcres retirement series by Effie Leland Wilder on Thurs. March 12 at 6 p.m.

Cecelia, the group's leader, is reading Out to Pasture, But Not Over the Hill, and has been enjoying the humor. "There are a lot of funny stories in it, and it is very light reading," she said.  Some of the other titles include Older but Wilder, One More Time, and Over What Hill?  Titles are available at the Circulation Desk to check out.

That's really no surprise since Wilder was a late bloomer, publishing her first book at 85! By then life probably shouldn't be taken too seriously, don't ya think?!?!? Of course!

Wilder was born Aug. 28, 1909 in Rockingham, N.C. She died July 19, 2007 in Summerville, S.C. 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!
Remember, you don't have to be a member to come join in the discussion. Light refreshments and door prizes provided.

See you there!