Friday, July 21

August at Richland Librar;y

We know everyone is busy this time of year, but August will be FUN at the Richland Library! 

Preschool Story Time is designed for children ages birth to preschool age. Preschool Story Hour at Richland Library is every Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. The following is a schedule of programs for this month.
  • August 2nd - Back to School
  • August 9th - School House Rock
  • August 16th - Piggin' Out
  • August 23rd - Let's Scream for Ice Cream!
  • August 30th - Tracks on the Farm
Teen Movie Night – Thursday, July 6th at 6:00 P.M. –We will be watching Lionsgate's Power Rangers which is rated PG-13 and is 124 minutes in length. The movie explores what happens to a group of high school students, who are infused with unique super powers and how they harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Richland Writers – Monday, August 7th at 6:00 P.M. Richland Writers is for anyone who is interested in meeting with other people to discuss the craft of writing.

Coloring and Conversation – Thursday, August 18th at 6:00 P.M. Join us for fun informal coloring. You can bring your own coloring sheet or choose from one of our patterns.

Coffee and Books – Tuesday, August 18th at 10:30 A.M. This month we will be talking about Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines, an author with Mississippi ties and the 2004 CMRLS Patron's Choice Award for Crossed Bones.

Friends of the Library Meeting – Thursday, August 24th at 6:00 P.M. The Friends of the Richland Library will have a special guest, Mary H. Coleman who will be talking about her book “Mary’s Story and Song”.

For more information on the above meetings/programs, please call the Richland Library at 601-932-1846. Check the Events calendar for future programs.

Wednesday, July 12


You don't want to miss out on this. Amy has set up a fantastic adult 2017 Summer Library Program that helps build community in many ways for the Pearl Public Library! And, as we all know building a better community is building a better WORLD!

On, Thursday, July 13, look for the Mississippi Blood Services bus to roll into the Pearl Public Library parking lot. The Pearl Library has partnered with Mississippi Blood Services to help "Build A Better World" by saving lives! The free blood drive will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All blood types are needed and welcome!

Summer Library Program 2017

"Build a Better World"

Thursday, June 22

Simply Crafts, at the Pearl Public Library, just got BECKY-FIED!

   And, if you don't know Becky, from the Pearl's Reference Department, you should stop by and meet her. She's the crafts and sewing queen of the place. She even makes doll clothes for crying out loud! It is something to see. There is no idea one can put before her, that she cannot make happen.
    If it's artsy, she has a vision. If it's creative, she'll make MAGIC! And, by the by, the lady wastes NOTHING! An unused piece of tissue, well that becomes a beautiful flower!
       That's our BECKY!
    Granted, she's just getting started as the Simply Crafts - monthly adult program - leader. But, already, June's birdhouse/feeders made from plastic soda pop containers was a huge hit! Simply Crafts meets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. It's free. No reservation is required and all materials are supplied! WOW! What a deal! July's Simply Crafts (Thurs. July 20) will be Rolled Paper Crafts. Dazzling creations made from such simplicity! SIMPLY CRAFTS! SIMPLY AMAZING! You don't want to miss out! We'll see you there!

Tuesday, June 6

SLP!, SLP!, SLP! It's underway at the Pearl Library! Boom! Bah! Bish! YAY!

BUILD A BETTER WORLD! That's the theme across the board for children's, teens' and the adult 2017 Summer Library Program. How else to build a better world than starting with community, and the Pearl Public Library brings it all together with topnotch, energetic, FREE programs!

   The first day of SLP for teens begins with actually building things via video game. You guessed it! Minecraft on Monday, June 5th at 6 p.m. It’s a time to bring that wonderful creativity and imagination into play and build anything you like…your own kingdom even!! Because seating is limited, pre-registration is required.
    Another teens highlight is a special presentation by accomplished journalist, Associated Press Writer, Emily Wagster Pettus, who will speak about how to detect fake news.That’s Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m.
      Some of the highlights for children/family nights include the Central Mississippi Regional Library’s (CMRLS) Puppets on Tuesday, June 6th at 6 p.m. The next week, there’s Magician Dorian LaChance on Tuesday, June 13th at 6 p.m. The Snakeman, Terry Vandeventer, will slither in on Tuesday, June 20th at 6 p.m. Dianne Butler, the Story Teller, will be here July 11 at 6 p.m.
      Adult SLP kicks off Thursday. June 8 at 6 p.m with free Adult Trivia Night that comes complete with a great prize. Bring your friends and team up to answer challenging trivia questions to be eligible to win.
       Movie Night for Adults will be Thursday, June 22nd at5:30 p.m. Relax and enjoy the free show on the big screen. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be served.
      The Adult Show and Tell Craft Fair will be held on June 29th at 6 p.m. If you like to hand make items, bring your work of art to show and be inspired by others as they share their creativity and tips. The craft fair is a free program. To enter your craft for showing, please sign up or call the library by Wednesday, June 28th.
On, Thursday, July 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., The Pearl Public Library will be hosting a free blood drive, provided by Mississippi Blood Services. All blood types are needed and welcome! “Build a Better World” by saving lives!  
    Remember that programs listed above are only a few of the total programs for children, teens and adults. To see the total SLP lineup for the Pearl Public Library, as well as all CMRLS libraries, check out the EVENTS CALENDAR at
    If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Pearl Library at 601-932-2562, and ask for Adrianne Manning, Youth Services Supervisor if your questions are children or teen related. For adult SLP questions ask for Amy Lee, Reference Supervisor.

You do not want to miss a thing!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, May 17


     Summer Library Program 2017 for children, teens and adults, is right around the corner starting June 5, but Amy has a jump on things.  The SLP theme is Build A Better World.  For the whole month of May, come on in and tell us how to  Build a Better World in your own environment and be entered to win one cool PRRIZE! Oh yeah! The winner will be chosen Thursday, June 1.

     Speaking of all things cool, Becky has the cutest Simply Crafts creation for Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Little crafted critters. Hang them up or display them where ever you would like. Remember Simply Crafts is every third Thursday at 6 p.m. No reservations need, and all materials supplied. And, it's FREE!

     The last thing you think of when you hear or see the word FREE is anything medical. Am I right? I'm right. This is what makes the highlight adult program of May a treasure. 
     The Pearl Public Library is hosting a free heart health program, presented by Magnolia Health, a physician-driven, Mississippi-based, Medicaid Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), on Thursday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
       Called “Listening to Your Healthy Heart Matters,” the program is designed to follow its namesake, the book entitled, Listening to Your Healthy Heart Matters, written by Michelle Bain, with Dr. Sharon Cresci. Participants will receive free copies of the program book. 
        “Latresa Robb, RN will present the seminar,” said Becky Martin, Magnolia Health’s Community Relations Representative.  “The presentation is for those with heart disease and those who want to prevent it.  It covers how the heart works, warning signs of a heart attack, risk factors, nutrition, heart disease and exercise, cardiac testing, and treatment options. There will be opportunities to ask questions.”
      Martin and Robb visited the Pearl Public Library in 2016 for another relevant health program which was on Diabetes.

Friday, May 5


     Have you heard that the Friends of the Pearl Library  has expanded their annual (sometimes bi-annual) Big Book Sale to three days?! Yep. Three days!  Thurs. May 11 from 4 p.m .to 7 p.m., Fri. May 12 from 9 4 p.m. and Sat. May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oh, yes! This is big news for the Pearl Public Library.  Big! BIG!!!
     Many impressive items to choose from.  A big item that people like to have in their home libraries is National Geographic Magazine. A nice supply is available in beautiful, maroon dated binders and on CD ROM.  Get to the book sale as fast you can, these may be plentiful, but won’t last long!
      Interested shoppers will also have a fine selection of fiction and nonfiction books to choose from as well as DVDs and CDs (audiobooks and music – some classical).
      Book sale prices range from .25cents to $5.00.  Please note that ONLY at the end of the last day of the book sale (Saturday) and not before, leftover items will be on a special, bag-for-a-buck, bargain.  It’s everything you can fit into a grocery bag for $1.
      For anyone interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Pearl Library, there will be registration forms available at the book sale. Individual membership is $5 a year. As always, donations to the Friends are also welcome.

You do not want to miss out on this fun, great BIG BOOK SALE!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, April 4

Hopping, Popping, Gardening And Mysteries, BINGO! It Must Be April and National Library Week At the Pearl Library! OH YEEAAAH!

     National Library Week 2017 runs from April 9 -15, with the theme Libraries Transform. That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?  Libraries DO transform. They transform people. They transform communities.  Libraries offer so much! Like what, you ask? During the entire month of April, the lineup of events at the Pearl Public Library will transform and amaze. Ready?  Here we go!
     When it comes to adult programming in April, just follow Amy's trail. She says, when you hippity hop right into the library during April; tell us why you visited and get entered into a drawing for a sweet prize. The drawing will be Monday, May 1st. 

      Monday April 10th is NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK KICKOFF - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., come to the library and fill out a survey and tellus how we can improve our services. You'll be entered into a drawing scheduled the very next day, April 11th, and the chance to win a cool prize.  Now, that's not all that's happening on this day!

    The Tuesday of every annual National Library Week is set to honor librarians. It's called NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS' DAY.  You probably already know how ridiculously awesome the Pearl Library staff is, don't you? Of course you do! Sooo, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. We want you to stop by the library, enjoy a snack and tell us why your favorite librarian is a star.

   Drum roooooollll please. This one is a biggie!  The Friends of the Pearl Library along with the Chapter 1 Book Club present award-winning, local mystery and suspense writer, John M. Floyd. Uh-huh. Right here on Tuesday April 11th at 6 p.m. Patsy, the Chapter 1 Book Club facilitator has a fine program set up. John will talk about this latest book, Dreamland and sign books. The program is free. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

    Hopping right along, Bingo for Books is Thursday April 13th at 6 p.m. Celebrate National Library Week with a game of Bingo and a chance to win your choice of a variety of books.

Whew! All this hopping has me feeling a little hungry. Oh great! We have that covered too. Free POPCORN! On Friday, April 14th end National Library Week with free popcorn from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come by and meet your library staff. We will be serving up this wonderful treat! Can you dig it? Sure you can!
Speaking of digging, there's nothing bunnies love more than carrots! YUM-O! Covvverrred! Yes, Amy's Simply Crafts - free adult program - will be making Easter Carrots Rice Krispie Treats at 6 p.m. on Thurs. April 20. No reservation is required and all ingredients supplied!  

Well, maybe you are into a different type of digging. It is that time of year when gardening is becoming the center of attention. Wouldn't you know that the Pearl Library has a great program to help you out. The Rankin County Master Gardeners will be at the library on Thursday April 27th at 6 p.m. to share expert gardening tips. All free. 

Really impressive stuff going on at the Pearl Library! All programs are free! You don't want to miss out on anything.

We'll see you there!

Thursday, March 2


They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words".  WOW! That means there will be a whole lotta words flying around (and not just from all the books) at the Pearl Library. Artwork created by Pearl School District students will grace our library  during the entire month of March.   It all begins today, and in a wink, art will be everywhere. It will be as if, during March, the library transforms into an art gallery. This is a very special time for art students culminating in the Youth Art Month Reception on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm, when hundreds of patrons, including proud family and friends, converge at the library to view the students' art. Refreshments will be provided.

If art is not your thing, then hoops might be. Amy says, come show it! That's right! March RULES!!  So, she says how's about coming on into the Pearl Library, anytime during the month of March, and filling out an entry listing which basketball team you are cheering for. Oh, yeah, it's that simple to get entered for a chance to win a great prize!! The drawing will take place on Friday, March 31st.

So, that takes care of events which include the whole month of March. Now, there are those special 'one night only' events like the one Amy has planned for Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 pm, The Center for Violence Prevention will present a program discussing issues of domestic abuse or violence. It's a free program and no registration is required.

Patsy's Chapter 1 Book Club March selection is Predator by Terry Blackstock. This month's meeting is Tuesday, March 14th at 6 pm. No reservation or membership is required. There will be door prizes and light refreshments.

Amy has a lucky Simply Crafts program this month on Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 pm. The group will be making beautiful paper Shamrocks. No reservation is needed. All materials supplied.

You don't want to miss out, in March, at the Pearl Public Library!

We'll see you there!

Monday, February 6


     If it's February, then it must be Library Lovers' Month! If it's Library Lovers' Month, then it's the Pearl Public Library's time to shine! Oh yeah, baby! It's one of the most fun and sweet programs the library hosts all year. This is the Ninth Annual Come In From the Cold With a Good Book on Valentine's Day February 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m . to 5:30 p.m. 
     Patrons will be treated to free coffee, donated by Community Coffee and free donuts and cookies donated by Pearl businesses - Walmart, Dunkin Donuts, Donut Factory, Sam's Club and That Special Touch Cakes and Flowers and Simply Southern Cafe and Grill in Flowood. The main entrance to the library will be transformed into a sweet cafe! Seriously, now. Do you really want to miss out on this?! I didn't think so!  Come in and enjoy the decorations and treats!

    While you are at the library any time during the month of February, write a couple of words telling why you love the library. Your entry will go into a Library Lovers' Month drawing to be held on March 1 for one sweet prize! Amy will be sure to take care of that!
      There's more. Amy has a Valentine's Day Strawberry Sugar Scrub for you lovely people that want to help your skin stay moist and smooth. Uh-huuuuuuuh! Amy's free, Simply Crafts group will be making this scrub on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. No reservation is needed and all materials are supplied! Remember, Simply Crafts is every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

      Another Valentine's Day highlight is Patsy's Chapter 1 Book Club meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14. Their book selection is Buried Secrets, the second book in the Heart of the Amazon Series by Margaret Daley. It's a free book club. No registration is required. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. The Chapter 1 Book Club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Don't miss out. We'll see you there!

Tuesday, January 10

A Can't-Miss Electrifying Event!

That's right folks! Right here at the Pearl Public Library, Amy has the answer to your New Year's resolution to save money. Yep! You know that pesky, high electric bill that just WON'T QUIT?! Every time you look at the bill it just makes you want to faint.
Well then, you absolutely do not want to miss out on the library's energy saving tips program, featuring the Entergy Company, on Thurs. Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. It's a free, adult program.
That's definitely a highlight program of the month, but don't forget about the Pearl Library's popular monthly events too!  Patsy's Chapter 1 Book Club (which meets the second Tuesday of every month) selected Cop Town by Karin Slaughter for their Tues. Jan. 10 group discussion. The book club is free. No reservation or membership required. And, as always, there will be a door prize and light refreshments! 

Two women struggling to be good cops in Atlanta in the 1970s, find themselves up against extraordinary heat. Oh yeah! Now, that's a book you can grab a nice mug of Joe or cocoa and snuggle up with, right? Right!!! 

Speaking of mugs, don't miss January's Simply Crafts! Amy has just the right craft in store on Thurs. Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. "You decorate ceramic mugs with a a paint pen," Amy said. "Then you place them in a low oven to set them and prevent them from bleeding. Really cool idea!" Indeed, Amy. It sure is!!! Simply Crafts meets every third Thursday of the month. No reservation required. All materials are supplied!

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

We'll see you there!

Friday, December 2

Brr....Baby It's Cold Outside.

But there's plenty of warm and cozy going on at the Pearl Public Library? 
For starters, Amy has hooked you up with Snuggle Up and Read for two whole months! Whoa! This wonderful, adult program should put some fire into your reading! Read any books you like. Write a short book review for each book. Each book review is an entry 
into a drawing for a cozy throw and hot chocolate basket to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Now, that's pretty darn classy!!!

Bet ya feelin' a little toasty already!!!!  Well, there's more... It's the season for all things magical and bright, and Patsy, the Chapter 1 Book Club leader, has just the right thing. A Season of Angels by Debbie Macomber is the December selection.  That's Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. You don't have to be a member and no registration required for this free adult program.

What's the holidays without decorations?! No way! Bring on the decorations! And, that's what Amy has selected as her December Simply Crafts offering for Thursday December 15 at 6 p.m. ! No registration required and all materials are supplied! Beautiful Mason Jar Lid Tree Ornaments! Simply made ornaments can't be beat!

Don't miss out! We'll see you there!

Wednesday, November 2

Nice Words Have A Way Of Paying Off!

     That's especially true at the Pearl Public Library.   In an adult program called Thankful for the Library,  fill out an entry form saying why you love the Pearl Library.  Your entry goes right into a drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart gift card! Uh-HUH!  A true holiday blessing! You have the entire month of November to enter!  Many thanks to Wal-Mart of Pearl for donating the gift card. The drawing will be held Wed. Nov. 30! 
      Hey!!!!!  Btw, it may be June hot outside, but November haaaaaaaaas actually started! So, what are you waiting for?!??!?!  

      We'll see you there!

Friday, October 21

New Library Service Announced

New Service Announced
CMRLS Introduces Flipster®a New Way to Access Digital Magazines
~ The One-Stop-Shop for Digital Magazines Allows Library Patrons
to Browse the Latest Issues of the Most Sought After Magazines ~

Patrons of CMRLS Libraries can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information ServicesFlipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

There are more than 30 titles in the collection; including People, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Southern Living, Country Living, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Family Tree, Flex, Car and Driver, Essence, Ebony, and many more. Personal subscriptions would cost hundreds of dollars, but now everyone in the 4-county area has access to these titles. View the magazines on any online device; or download to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere. The Libraries also offer free Wifi.

Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links for quick access to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

“This is one more Library service that makes information available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Log in to Flipster and other Library services with your Library card barcode number and your Library comes to you,” said Dorothy Vance, CMRLS Public Relations Coordinator. “We have downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and now magazines. Numerous databases can be accessed from anywhere; these are credible, peer reviewed books and journals; just what is needed for homework or personal research.”

Contact your Library staff at any of the CMRLS Libraries; or visit online at to learn more about accessing the library’s digital magazines through Flipster.

Saturday, October 15

Flowood READS hits the ground running!

But community help is still needed to make it a success. 


The Flowood Library's program, Flowood READS, has started. Consisting of 3 contests and four interactive programs, the library has developed a "City Wide Book Experience" that focuses on more than traditional literacy. 

"Flowood READS is a project that is modeled after the American Library Association's One Book, One Community program - it was designed to fold literacy into community engagement. I personally see it as a way to connect with those who aren't big readers; I see it as a way to showcase how the library is a community center rather than a repository for old books." Ashley Biggs, Branch Manager said. 

The library launched Flowood READS earlier this year with a host of Facebook contests - all of which had cash prizes awarded for the winners. Then on September 1st, the library launched the first of three in-person contests that encouraged artists to submit their own movie or book poster that would then be displayed for the public to vote on. 

The second contest, Peculiar Art, however, has already begun to gain speed. "We started out with 25 packs of "found" pieces that artists need to incorporate into their own artwork. That started on October 1st. By October 5th, we had given away 15 of the packs to those who wanted to submit their work for public vote." Biggs said.  "We're really looking forward to displaying the creative pieces."

Also this month, the library is hosting a Peculiar Photos program where attendees will be shown how to manipulate their own photographs to be similar to the odd photos found in both the book and movie. Those wanting to participate visit the library by October 26th, have their picture taken in front of the library's green screen, and then return to the library on October 29th to edit the photos using the library's mobile computer lab. 

"We've already had a lot of fun with this," Biggs said. "My staff and I have already started playing with the software and have come up with some weird photos! The way it will work is that we snap your picture using the library's camera and then on October 29th, you come back and we'll show you how to insert yourself into a 'peculiar' background, how to give yourself some form of a supernatural ability, and after it's all over, we'll upload them to Facebook for everyone to see." 

But that's not all. They have also planned a magic program around Mississippi's own Dorian LaChance, a short story contest and awards program, and finally a mini carnival, complete with a book talk. 

"The second book in the series takes place, at least in part, during a carnival. We thought having a carnival like program would be a great way to segue from one book to the other." Biggs said."We had hoped to have the funds to really make the capstone event, the carnival, pop, but that hasn't happened. We're relying heavily on donations - both in kind and financial." To her great delight, a few local companies have stepped in to assist in making the program happen. "We've been blessed with help from Cups of Flowood, the Flowood Chamber, Dorian LaChance, the Flowood Compass, and the Friends of the Library."

But there's still a lot more work to do, Biggs emphasized. "We're just a few short weeks away, and as excited as we are, and as important as this program is, we simply cannot make it happen without the support of the community."

"We want this to become an annual program, much like summer reading. We have already started a vote for next year's theme," Biggs said. "It's between James BondSherlock Holmes, and The Martian. So far, Sherlock is winning." The vote is on the Flowood READS Facebook page, and will be republished in November. 

All events that the library hosts are FREE and open to the public, and the programs associated with Flowood READS are no exception.

For more information about the program, the library encourages you to visit the website: and their Facebook page,

If you are interested in helping with or volunteering at any of the library's events, you're encouraged to email the Branch Manager:

For more information about Flowood READS:
Ashley Biggs, Branch Manager
G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library
601-919-1911 | 

Tuesday, October 11

All Day Affair! Get Your Free Screening!

Don't worry about your deductible or any doctor's office visit costs!  Not this time! The Pearl Public Library is hosting an all-day, free health fair, Friday, Oct. 21 from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring members of the Holmes Community College Nursing Program. Qualified nursing students will be accompanied by their instructor and registered nurse, Madeline Brewer.  There will be free blood pressure screenings, free handouts, full of great health information and free answers to your questions!  You simply cannot beat that!

OK, so that's one healthy dose of  October adult program, but it's not the only one. No way!  Amy Lee, the adult program coordinator, has your October fully covered. That's right!  Can't forget about Halloween now can we?!?!?!?!?  

So, is it trick or treat?  HOW ABOUT BOTH?! You got it!

Check this trick out. During Simply Crafts on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m., participants will turn ordinary mason jars..... POOOOF!!!! into beautifully, decorative, nifty holding vessels.
It's a free program, no reservations needed. All materials are supplied!

Now how about the treat!  Not missing a beat, Amy has a Halloween tea on tap!  Wha Whaaaaaaaaaaattt!   Halloween and a tea?!?!? What an OXYMORON, right?!?  Maybe so, but this is gonna be one sweet tea you want to partake in! Yes, the time is right, from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 and there will be tea...bwwwhahahahwwwhahhh !!!!  There will also be free cookies and donuts! So, get an early start! Come in costume if you'd like and treat yourself to Halloween yummies right here at the Pearl Public Library! 

Remember all adult programs are free. Don't miss out!

We'll see you there!

Friday, September 30

These Boots Are Made For...TOURING!!!

    The Pearl Public Library’s Chapter 1 Book Club presents author and Pearl native, Kathy Zebert, Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m.; the first stop of her Red Boot Tour. Zebert will talk about her writing and do a book signing           
     Zebert, now a resident of Chattanooga, TN, just published the third installment of her popular Callie and Dom series, Hand In Hand which came out on September 15She’ll talk about all three books which include Incredulity (September 2015) and Madame Court Reporter (April 2016).  

       Zebert, also a jewelry maker and baker, will be giving away, in a drawing, a piece of original boot jewelry. Complimentary specialty chocolates will be given to all attendees. 
         After the Pearl Library stop, Zebert will stop in Natchitoches, LA, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA for other business in conjunction with the Red Boot Tour.
        The program is free. No reservations required. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

   Don't miss out on this wonderful evening!!!

   We'll see you there!

Eerily Silent @ Magee Library

Magee Public Library: 

The library was eerily silent this week after school because the teens were in the meeting room playing Minecraft.  We had fun building our shelters and gathering resources to survive the zombie apocalypse.  If you enjoyed the peace and quiet, do not be dismayed by the farewell of the Minecraft kit.  You will have another three weeks in November to enjoy a quiet library when Minecraft returns to Magee.

The book club book this month is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.  We will meet on Tuesday, October 11th at 12:30 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book.

Do you have what it takes to decorate a pumpkin?  The only rule we have is that you may not carve it.  So, get out the paint, glitter, ribbon, glue, and shiny things.  Let the creativity flow, and bring your pumpkin to Magee Public Library by October 21st.  Maybe your pumpkin will win a prize!

Monday, September 26

FOBL Supports the Brandon Library with Activities

Fall Book Sale Weekend is sponsored by the Friends of the Brandon Library. The sale will be Friday, September 30, from 10-5, and Saturday, October 1, from 10-4. We will have Bag Day on Monday, October 3, from 10-8. For Monday only, books will be sold by the bag or by the box - $5 a bag or $10 a box.

Also on Saturday, October 1, we will have fun with Race Day. We will be racing something all day long! The schedule is as follows:

Bikes (bring your own tricycle or bicycle 
& race against the clock)
10:00am – 11:00am
Rock Climbing Wall (for ages 6 and up!)
11:00am – 1:00pm
   Parental permission required

11:00am – 1:00pm (Kitchen)
Hot Dogs - $1
Chips - 25 cents
Popcorn - 25 cents
Drinks and Water - 25 cents

Car Races (ages 2-5)
12:00pm-1:00pm (Story Time Room)
Build and Race a Car (ages 6-10)
1:00pm – 2:30pm (Story Time Room)
BB-8 Races (all ages)
12:00pm – 3:00pm (Genealogy Room)
Book Races
2:30pm-3:30pm (Children’s Area)

We support Red Friday during the regular football season.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Brandon Library
     Every week there will be a drawing for a $10 coupon to a Brandon eatery. To enter, wear RED when you come to the library on Friday and check out one item. There is a new sign-up and prize every week. 
     At the end of the season, we will put all the entries back in the big bowl and draw for the grand prize - an iPad Mini
     There will also be additional prizes given away at that time - three Library Buck Awards of $10 each. Library Bucks can be used for fines or for Book Sale items. Library Bucks can not be used for debt collect charges.
We will see you Friday!

Friends Meeting
If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Brandon Library, their next monthly meeting is October 18 at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, September 14


       The Pearl Public Library's September programming highlights include a huge, winning combination!
         It’s a bargain hunter’s dream and happens every year at the Pearl Public Library! The Friends of the Pearl Library’s big, annual book sale is Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  All proceeds benefit the Friends’ group, which support the library through volunteering, purchasing books and equipment and sponsoring programs for all ages.
        Among the many gems of this year’s book sale are Big Band Era and wartime music CDs, wartime DVDs and tons of cookbooks.
       Book sale prices range from .25 cents to $5.00. Near the end of the book sale on Saturday, all the leftover items will be on a special, bag-for-a-buck, bargain.  It’s everything you can fit into a grocery bag for $1.
       This year, to help advertise the book sale, a beautifully designed banner, by AlphaGraphics of Pearl, will be displayed in front of the library.

     Bryce Yelverton, of Clinton, was diagnosed in December 2013 with Hodgkin Lymphoma Stage 2B, a blood cancer.  During a free, National Blood Cancer Awareness Month program at the Pearl Public Library, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.,,Yelverton will share his story and talk about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
     “I love being able to talk about my story,” said Yelverton, a government relations consultant with Yelverton Consulting in Jackson.  “Most people think that cancer just means death, but the more you tell your story of your trials, the less formidable it is. It’s a way to humanize things.”
       After a series of chemo and radiation treatments, Bryce was declared in remission in May 2014.  Armed with Christian strength and the support of family and friends, Yelverton had the help he needed to fight the disease. He learned that the best way to combat cancer is not to let it be the overwhelming giant that silence and private suffering can make it. Cancer doesn’t have to mean the end. 

   WOW! You don't want to miss either one of these events! As always, all programs are free to the public!

    We'll see you there!

Wednesday, August 3

Great Adult Programming Is Always In Season!

       The Adult Summer Reading Program season may be over, but great programming is always on tap at the Pearl Public Library! 
         Check out the August lineup!!!
         All month long, you can enter to win a prize by simply telling us who's your favorite inventor. Double your chances by checking out a book about an inventor and get entered again!  The drawing for a winner will be September 1.

      Mondays just got more instructional at the library!  It's Computer Hour power! That's right. Need a little basic help with computers?  Well, every Monday, from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. the reference staff will offer basic computer instruction while you are either already using the public computers or come in specifically for basic instruction.  It's free and no reservation is required.

      Need a little color in your life?! Then this adult program is for YOU!!! Coloring and Conversation, Thurs. Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Bring your own coloring book or use one of our coloring sheets! There's also a door prize! Don't miss it!!!

       Ahhhh, who doesn't love a classic! Little Women by Louisa May Alcott! That's the August Chapter 1 Book Club selection. Don't miss out on Tues. Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. No membership or reservation needed. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

         Ever think about your thumbprint being creative? Well, just see how it can make pretty butterfly wings during Simply Crafts on Thurs. Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.  Transform an ordinary flower pot into a work of art!

         Diabetes is a serious illness. It's so important to keep abreast of information that could help prevent or help you cope with diabetes! That's why this free, adult program, A 'Fresh' View on Your Diabetes, on Thurs. Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. is a must attend!  Magnolia Health is offering a free class on the causes of diabetes and how to manage the disease. All attendees will be gifted a free book entitled: A Fresh Approach to Diabetes by health education, award winning author, Michelle Bain, and a cookbook of healthy recipes. 

    So, you have to admit.  The Pearl Public Library's August adult programming is just awesome and worth visiting your local library!  Come on in and enjoy all the free programs the library has to offer!
     We'll see you there!