Thursday, August 27

A "SIMPLY" ILLUMINATING EVENING AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

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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!


Thursday, January 29

A LOVE FELT, MONTH OF DELIGHTFUL PROGRAMS IN PEARL!



Can you feel it? LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Mmmmmmmm mmm mmmm! There's just something special about the month of February! The cards, candy and flowers that go with Valentine's Day are the best, right? RIIIIIIGHT!!!

 But, February is also LIBRARY LOVERS' MONTH, and that's where the Pearl Public Library comes into the picture!   There are programs galore including that wonderful patron favorite; the seventh annual Come in From the Cold With a Good Book.   In partnership with the Friends of the Pearl Library and local businesses, the Pearl Library is offering free coffee, donuts and cookies - thanks to Community Coffee, the Donut Factory in Pearl and Pearl Sam's Club - Fri., Feb. 13 at 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Friends of the Pearl Library members will be on hand to accept donations, answer questions and sign up new members!

Starting Mon., Feb. 2, I Love My Library, an adult program, kicks off giving patrons an opportunity to tell just how much they love the library. Visit the reference or circulation desk and fill out an entry including sweet words for a chance to win a nice gift basket. The program will run through Sat. Feb. 28 and  the drawing will be held Mon., March 2.

Another drawing will be held on March 2. A beautiful gift basket will be presented to the winner of the Adult Winter Reading program, Snuggle Up and Read that got underway Jan 1 and runs through Sat. Feb. 28.  For every five library books read and listed on a reading log, your name gets entered into the drawing

The Chapter 1 Book Club is Thurs. Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. Read any book by popular, Mississippi author John Floyd. No registration is needed and you don't have to be a member. Just stop on by for fun book discussions, light refreshments and door prizes!

In honor of Black History Month, the library presents Ann B. Brown, author of Backroad to Freedom as the Brown Bag guest speaker, Fri. Feb. 27 at 12 - noon. It's a free program. No reservations needed. Bring your lunch. Dessert and drinks provided by the Friends of the Pearl Library. 

You don't want to miss any of these delightful events!

We'll see you there!

Monday, January 12

A FAVORITE MS AUTHOR AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!




Popular, Mississippi author, John Floyd, will be the guest speaker at the Pearl Public Library's Brown Bag program Friday, Jan. 23 at noon. He will also be signing copies of his short story collection, Fifty Mysteries: The Angela Files.  Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert are furnished by the Friends of the Pearl Library.

Floyd, a Rankin County resident and a graduate of Mississippi State University, has won the coveted Derringer Award for short mystery fiction.  In Fifty Mysteries, sheriff Charles "Chunky" Jones is up to his crime solving speed with retired school teacher, Angela "Angel" Potts helping him.
    
Floyd began writing professionally in 1994 and has published over 1,000 stories and features in widely-read publications like Woman’s World, Alfred Hitchcock's  Mystery Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. 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.

Come on by and join in the fun. The Brown Bag program is free and open to everyone.

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, January 6

CELEBRATE YOUR CHOICE OF READS AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

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Do your New Year's resolutions include joining a book club or maybe checking out a book club? Here is your answer! Don't forget Cecelia's Chapter 1 Book Club at the Pearl Public Library is held every second Thursday of the month.  And, don't forget that January's meeting is reader's choice. Yep! It's your pick! The club will meet Thurs. Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. And, as always there will be prizes and light refreshments. You don't have to be a member or even join Chapter 1 to come on by and discuss some great reads!

We'll see you there!

Monday, November 24

A THANKSGIVING WINNER AT THE PEARL PUBLIC LIBRARY!

Robert McCarty, Sara Smith (L), Cecelia Sandifer
It's a happy day for one lucky fella at the Pearl Library! That would be Robert McCarty of Pearl. He entered the Thank Goodness for the Library drawing and won!

The prize was a turkey and gift card - $50 total value - donated by the Pearl Wal-Mart.

The Library's own Cecelia and Sara share the photo spotlight with Robert and his awesome winnings!

We hope Robert has a wonderfully, happy Thanksgiving, and we are so glad he is thankful for the Pearl Library!

The Pearl Library would like to thank Wal-Mart of Pearl for the generous $50 donation!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!

Monday, November 17

CMRLS Libraries Announce Cyber Monday Savings

Fines Half Off At Your Local Library!
Internet stores report their busiest sales day is the Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Cyber Monday. It is the online version of Black Friday, that Friday after Thanksgiving when we expect big savings on gift items. This year Central Mississippi Regional Library System libraries are participating in Cyber Monday in a very low tech manner. Visit any of the 20 CMRLS library branches in Rankin, Scott, Simpson, or Smith Counties on Monday, December 1, and all fines are 50% off. Yes, half off!

"We haven't offered a fine reduction lately," said Mara Polk, director of CMRLS. "School papers and projects will soon be due; we want to especially help these students clear up their fines and to have a successful school year. The offer to cut fines by 50% is open to all ages, for all fines; however this does not apply to collection fees." 

Come in to any CMRLS library during regular hours on Monday, December 1, to take advantage of half off fines. Your local library accepts cash or check. However, it will be possible to pay your fines by credit or debit card. You must visit your library to have staff apply the 50% savings to your account and then use a library computer or your personal device to finish the transaction. 

To find business hours for any CMRLS library on Monday, December 1, visit http://www.cmrls.lib.ms.us/BRANCHES.htm or call your local library. 

Happy holidays and good savings to you!

Wednesday, November 12

YOUR CHOICE MAKES THE CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB IN PEARL!

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The December Chapter 1 Book Club meeting at the Pearl Public Library is Reader's Choice. Uh-huh.  Any book your little 'ol heart desires!

You read the book and talk about it at the book club meeting. "You come to the meeting and share enough about the book to entice someone else to read it," said Cecelia, the Chapter 1 Book Club's facilitator.

You have to admit that sounds pretty fun! Hey! A holiday fiction book would be great. If you need one, the library has plenty.  In fact a whole display of holiday reads is up right now! And, more are going up on display soon!

Next month's Chapter 1 Book Club meeting is Thurs. Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. You don't need a reservation. You don't have to be a member. You don't even have to commit to becoming a member. Just come on by and join in! Remember, light refreshments and door prizes are always a part of the evening's fun program!

We'll see you there!

Monday, November 10

BEING THANKFUL HAS ITS REWARDS AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

Thanksgiving and eating go together like turkey and dressing! That's the absolute truth!

That's why the month of November brings with it thoughts and the anticipation of that yummy Thanksgiving meal, right?! RIGHT!

Well, this year, the month of November also brings a special event at the Pearl Public Library.  Tell the library why you are thankful for its services for a chance to win the the grand prize of a frozen turkey from Wal-Mart as well as a Wal-Mart gift certificate - both donated by the Pearl Wal-Mart. That's a total value of $50 for one lucky winner!

All you have to do is stop by the reference or circulation desk and fill out an entry, telling why you are thankful for the library. It's that simple. Your entry goes into a grand prize drawing on Mon. Nov. 24. Entries will be taken through, Sat. Nov. 22.

Stop on by. We'll see you there!

Monday, October 27

PEARL LIBRARY'S BROWN BAG ENGAGING!

Left to Right: Eleanor Jones, Joe Lee, & Cecelia Sandifer
Mississippi author, Joe Lee, owner of Dogwood Press in Brandon, was the guest speaker at the Pearl Public Library's Brown Bag program on Friday. 

Director's Cut (2014) is Joe Lee's fifth installment of the critically acclaimed Oakdale suspense series. It is his seventh novel. 

"Joe Lee is a great speaker," said Eleanor. "He made me want to read all of the suspense series he's written! He really drew me in!"

There are always great programs going on at the Pearl Public Library. Don't forget the bag of books for $1 book sale going on right now. All the books you can fit into a bag. The proceeds go to benefit the Friends of the Pearl Library.

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, October 21

CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB FILLS UP ON A GREAT READ IN PEARL!

Author Fannie Flagg, of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and I Still Dream About You fame, has done it again.  

Flagg's latest book, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, is a hoot, and Cecelia's pick for the Chapter 1 Book Club meeting Thurs. Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library.

Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama has just embarked upon an empty nest, and is set to enjoy life with her husband Earle. She has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking to relax and perhaps even travel. But, then there's her mother to deal with; Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Even at 88, Ms. Lenore is beautiful and loads of fun to everyone, except Sookie who pretty much thinks her mother is overbearing.

As it is with life's crazy twists and turns, Sookie finds out that Ms Lenore is not even her biological mother. That's a great thing to be hit with when you are Sookie's age, or what she thought was her age. Sookie finds out she's a year older!  She doesn't get the opportunity to gracefully segue into 60 from 59. Nope, she's slammed right into the big 6-0!

Sookie's real mother is Fritzi Willinka Jurdabralinski of Pulaski, Wisconsin, oldest child of Polish parents! Fritzi's father owns a service station but falls ill. Her brother goes off to war. That leaves Fritzi and her sisters to run the service station. With all girls running the shop, it became quite popular.  Fritzi later joins a flying circus. Then she enters the volunteer Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.

Naturally, all this news leaves poor Sookie in identity crisis mode!  For 59 years she was a full blown all-southern girl. Now, Sookie learns that she has deep Polish roots.  You just know the book is a fun read!

So, read the book and stop by to discuss Sookie's crazy life journey! No reservation needed and you don't have to be a member to participate. And, as always, there will be light refreshments and door prizes.

We'll see you there!

Friday, October 17

A BAG OF BOOKS FOR A BUCK AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!


A bag of books for a buck! Say that five times really fast.  Juuuuuuust kidding!

But, this is no joke.  For one dollar, you can buy a whole bag of book sale goodies at the Pearl Public Library!  This sweet, bagalicious , all-you-can-fit-into-one-bag, $1 book buffet will last as long as there are books for sale said Sara, the circulation supervisor. "That should be for at least two weeks." WOW! 


Don't miss out on this opportunity to bag you some real great deals. Remember, they make wonderful gifts too!  And, since all proceeds go to benefit the Friends of the Pearl Library, it can be your way of donating to a wonderful cause!!! You simply cannot beat that!


So, come on by the Pearl Library. The book sale items are near the circulation desk! 


We'll see you there!

Thursday, October 16

PEARL LIBRARY PRESENTS JOE LEE'S "DIRECTOR'S CUT"!


The Pearl Public Library presents popular Mississippi author Joe Lee as the Brown Bag program guest speaker on Fri., Oct. 24 at 12-noon.

He will be discussing his latest work, Director’s Cut, (2014) the fifth of the critically acclaimed Oakdale suspense series. It is his seventh novel. A book signing will follow.
        
Lee, owner and Editor-in-Chief of Dogwood Press in Brandon, has appeared at the library before, and is an audience favorite.  “We’re happy to have Joe Lee back at the Pearl Library,” said Eleanor Jones who's in charge of adult programming at the library.  “He’s such a great asset to the community and to Mississippi. We can’t wait to hear about Director’s Cut.”

In Director’s Cut, Tripp Kelly is a laid back film professor at the University in Oakdale. He has everything. He’s popular among the student and faculty body. He’s newly and happily married to a former student named Dana. He loves his work which includes spearheading an annual, well attended independent film festival. He’s just a happy guy, and couldn’t be happier. He’s also a serial killer!  

THAT got your attention didn't it!?  See, you do not want to miss this Brown Bag special. No reservations needed. The program is free; desserts and drinks are supplied by the Friends of the Pearl Library!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, September 18

CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB GETS DOWNRIGHT "DEVIOUS"!

Author Lisa Jackson

Did Cecelia, of Pearl Public Library, Chapter 1 Book Club
fame, really go there? Oh, yes she did! She picked a twisted one this time! One that's just right for the month of Halloween!

Devious is the title. Need anymore be said? Of course! It's a wicked crime. A heinous crime. For crying out loud, in the name of all things Holy, some crazed degenerate has gone and killed a  nun? Is that enough said? I didn't think so!

The crime scene: St. Marguerite's Cathedral in New Orleans. In a yellowed, bridal gown is how they found murdered Sister Camille, her body covered with an altar cloth. Even local, veteran detectives are freaked out about it!

Naturally, Valerie Houston (Val), Camille's sister, was just torn up by her sister's death. What made things worse is that she had pleaded with Camille to leave St. Marguerite, but Camille didn't always make the best choices. In fact, Camille ran to join the convent after falling in love with Slade,Val's soon-to-be ex-husband.

Like any distraught family member, Val, just didn't think the police were doing enough so she begins to investigate herself! And, here comes Slade trying to make some brownie points by helping. He is still into Val and wants to put their marriage back together.

As Val gets deeper into the investigation, she learns things are not as they seem. A normal, reverent convent is not what St. Marguerite is turning out to be, not by a loooooooooong shot! Father Frank O' Toole and Mother Superior are mighty suspicious themselves. Then Val learns that Camille had a hidden life. But, we all know things don't stay hidden forever. Somebody knew about Camille's past and uh, Val's too!

Now, Val has got to find this devious killer that is out to cleanse St. Marguerite's of all its sins. Plus, Val may be next on the list!

WOW! Don't you want to know more?!?! You have got to read this book! Hey, it's one of famed author Lisa Jackson's creations! You just know it's really good! Jackson has written more than 85 novels, and 30 of them have been best sellers!

Come on by the Chapter 1 Book Club meeting, Thurs. Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. No reservations needed, and as always, light refreshments and door prizes included!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, September 17

LOOK AT THE SIMPLY CRAFTERS GO IN PEARL!

Denim Photo Frames Simply Crafts Sept. 9
Denim photo frames with bright flower embellishments, in the making, at the Pearl Public Library! Eleanor's September's  Simply Crafts' night was a massive success! The group enjoyed every minute of this fun time. They couldn't wait to show off their creations .
Sept. 9 Simply Crafts, Denim Photo Frame Proud Creators
Eleanor was so excited about the group's enthusiasm she couldn't wait to show them what's coming up in October. You really don't want to miss out on such a great craft night! The season is just right for this impressive Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin delight coming Tues. Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.!
OCT. 14 SIMPLY CRAFTS -MASON JAR LID PUMPKIN
Remember, Simply Crafts is every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. No reservations required and all materials are supplied! Come on and join in the fun. Eleanor will be so happy to see you!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, August 28

COMING UP! FANTASTIC SIMPLY CRAFTS IN PEARL!


SEPTEMBER'S DENIM FRAME WITH FLOWER 

OCTOBER'S MASON JAR LID PUMPKIN

NOVEMBER'S JAR LID OWLS
DECEMBER'S CINNAMON STICK SANTAS
Listen up! You have got to mark your calendars! Eleanor is on craft making  FIIIIIIIIIIUHHHH!  Uh-huh, she is red hot, blazing a nifty lineup of creative crafts all the way through December at the Pearl Public Library!  

Starting with a really cute Denim Photo Frame garnished with a pretty, bright flower for September's Simply Crafts on Tues. Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.  That is followed by an awesome  - Southern Living type craft - Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin on Tues. Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Great stuff! 

Hey, who's feeling hootish?!? The jar lids make another stellar appearance as festive, colorful Jar Lid Owls on Tues. Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.. 

HO, HO, HO, Here comes Santa Claus. He's got quite a sweet, holiday smell. What is that? No, not cookies. Not this time.  It's CINNAMON!  You don't want to miss crafting Santa Cinnamon Sticks! No way! That's Tues. Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

It would be terrible to miss out on any one of these. Remember, Simply Crafts is every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. No reservations needed and all materials are supplied. 

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, August 26

CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB SOARS IN SEPTEMBER!

SUE MONK KIDD
Cecelia has picked another good title for her book clubbers!

The Chapter 1 Book Club, at the Pearl Public Library, will discuss author Sue Monk Kidd's most recent book, The Invention of Wings, a New York Times bestseller.   Kidd is also the author of The Secret Life of Bees, another bestseller and her first novel. 

The Invention of Wings was inspired by the true, 1830s story of southern, abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke. The two were exiled from their home city of Charleston, S.C. for speaking against slavery and standing for liberty and equality. 

Kidd discovered that at the age of 11, Sarah's parents gave her the "human present" of 10-year-old slave girl Hetty as her handmaid. Sarah totally rebelled by teaching Hetty to read. It resulted in Hetty being punished with a beating so severe that it killed her. Kidd wanted her novel to bring Hetty back to life, and that's exactly what she did in this riveting story.

Published January of this year, The Invention of Wings, tells a lively story revolving around fictional Sarah and Hetty in a story of what might have been. Kidd begins the fictitious account with both girls cast in life circumstances they both despised, giving Hetty her own life of struggle and change. The story, which is immensely alive and believable, unfolds throughout years of the girls' lives.  

The Invention of Wings remained on the bestsellers' list for over five months. It has been translated into 20 languages, was chosen for Oprah's Book Club and there are plans to turn the book into a film.

Don't miss out on this sure-to-be stimulating discussion of The Invention of Wings. The Chapter 1 Book Club meeting is Thurs. Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. Don't miss out! No reservations needed. You don't even have to be a member to stop on by. Light refreshments and door prizes are always included.

We'll see you there!

Thursday, August 14

PEARL'S CHAPTER 1 BOOK CLUB MEETING RESCHEDULED!

The Chapter 1 Book Club discussion of Tom Franklin's Crooked Letter Crooked, Crooked Letter, scheduled for tonight, Thurs. Aug. 14 at 6 p.m., has been moved to next Tues. Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. The book club will resume it's normal Thursday night schedule in September.


The Chapter 1 Book Club at the Pearl Public Library will feature Franklin's, Crooked Letter Crooked Letter Tues. Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is set in the town of Chabot in the 1970s. Larry Ott, a product of a dysfunctional childhood with an overbearing, verbally abusive father, and Silas Jones were childhood pals. For that day and time, they could not have been more different.  Larry was white, from a middle class family and Silas was black, son of a single mother and poor.

A special friendship was shattered when tragedy struck. Larry's date that he had taken to a movie went missing. She was never found and everyone blamed Larry. Even though he never said he did it, in the local society's eyes, he was guilty as sin. Broken, Silas couldn't continue honoring the friendship and simply left town.

Larry never got passed the ostracism and pretty much kept to himself much as he had all his life outside the friendship with Silas. Two decades later, in a crazy twist of events, Silas returns as a constable.  He doesn't even cross paths with Larry until another girl goes missing,  Once again, Larry is blamed.  Now, it seems that the two, once friends, might just be on opposite ends of the law.

Franklin, an Alabama native, moved to Oxford, MS in 2000 as the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. Franklin won a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship and taught at Sewannee during the 2002-2003 academic year. Today, Franklin and his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, also an author, maintain a home in Oxford and both are English department faculty at Ole Miss. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is Franklin's third novel and was published in 2010.

You do not want to miss this Chapter 1 Book Club night. You don't need a reservation. You don't have to be a member and you don't even have to join. Just stop by. Light refreshments and door prizes included.

We'll see you there!

Thursday, August 7

BACK TO COMPUTER BASICS AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

Graphic from www.bishopbriggs.e-dunbarton.sch.uk

The Pearl Public Library is taking a break from teaching Facebook, Excel and PowerPoint this month. Yes, it's back to the basics, the real basics!

There will be three classes total starting with Introduction to the Internet today, Thurs. Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.  Following will be Introduction to Email on Thurs. Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. and Introduction to Microsoft Word on Thurs. Aug. 21 at 4 p.m.

No reservations required!

Now is the time to do what you have been putting off for a long time. Learning how to use the computer is easy and fun! And, it opens up a whole new world!

So, come on by.  It's free!

We'll see you there!

Thursday, July 31

ELEANOR CRAFTS BEACH IMAGERY AT THE PEARL LIBRARY!

She just cannot get it off her mind!

Eleanor, that is. She has just returned from a wonderful vacay in Florida. And, that my friends, is how she came up with this fantastic Simply Crafts jewel!

It's fish stamped canvass that includes your painted first or last name. Now, that's a nice little craft to hang in your home or set on your desk!

Don't miss it. Simply Crafts night, Tues. Aug. 12 at 6 p.m at the Pearl Public Library. No reservations required and all materials supplied!

We'll see you there!

THE PEARL BOOK CLUB HOLDS A "CROOKED LETTER" DISCUSSION

Cecelia has picked another good one!

Remember how you were taught to spell MISSISSIPPI? Oh, yeah, let's all say it together. M - I crooked letter, crooked letter I crooked letter, crooked letter I humpback, humpback I...

That's how author Tom Franklin derived the title of this story about somewhat crooked happenings in a rural, Mississippi town.

The Chapter 1 Book Club at the Pearl Public Library will feature Franklin's, Crooked Letter Crooked Letter Thurs. Aug. 14 at 6 p.m.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is set in the town of Chabot in the 1970s. Larry Ott, a product of a dysfunctional childhood with an overbearing, verbally abusive father, and Silas Jones were childhood pals. For that day and time, they could not have been more different.  Larry was white, from a middle class family and Silas was black, son of a single mother and poor.

A special friendship was shattered when tragedy struck. Larry's date that he had taken to a movie went missing. She was never found and everyone blamed Larry. Even though he never said he did it, in the local society's eyes, he was guilty as sin. Broken, Silas couldn't continue honoring the friendship and simply left town.

Larry never got passed the ostracism and pretty much kept to himself much as he had all his life outside the friendship with Silas. Two decades later, in a crazy twist of events, Silas returns as a constable.  He doesn't even cross paths with Larry until another girl goes missing,  Once again, Larry is blamed.  Now, it seems that the two, once friends, might just be on opposite ends of the law.

Franklin, an Alabama native, moved to Oxford, MS in 2000 as the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. Franklin won a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship and taught at Sewannee during the 2002-2003 academic year. Today, Franklin and his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, also an author, maintain a home in Oxford and both are English department faculty at Ole Miss. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is Franklin's third novel and was published in 2010.

You do not want to miss this Chapter 1 Book Club night. You don't need a reservation. You don't have to be a member and you don't even have to join. Just stop by. Light refreshments and door prizes included.

We'll see you there!