Friday, November 30

Holiday Mail for Heroes Has Ended

The Flowood Library would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's "Holiday Mail for Heroes."  You contributed a total of 117 cards that will be sent to our service men and women!

Please remember that we are still collecting for "Toys for Tots."  We have extended the deadline due to the overwhelming support.  The last day to drop off items will be Friday, December 7th. 

Thursday, November 29

Pearl Chapter 1 Book Club Honors Award Winning Author

Chapter 1 and the Friends of the Pearl Library are jointly honoring the Mississippi Poetry Society's 2012 Poet of the Year, Pearl's own Pat Jordan.  Pat and others will be reading from her new book The Tender Gift.  Everyone is invited to attend this tribute to Pat who battled cancer while writing this collection.  Her fight is ongoing which makes this event extra special to all who know her indomitable spirit.

The tribute and poetry readings will be followed by  reception and an opportunity to purchase The Tender Gift at only $10 each.

Tuesday, November 20

Autumn Book Harvest Winners

This fall, the Pearl Library ran an Autumn Book Harvest contest in which any adult patron who checked out at least three items from our adult fiction or adult nonfiction collections could enter to win one of two $50 gift cards to Kroger.

We're happy to announce that Amanda Greear and Melanie Theall are our two winners! We are so happy to have these ladies and their families as Pearl Library patrons, and we hope that they enjoy their gift cards just as much as they enjoyed checking items out from our collection. We also want to thank the Friends of the Pearl Library for making this contest possible.

Amanda Greear and her gift card!

Melanie Theall and her gift card (and adorable children)!

Craft night @ Pearl 11.13.12

It's amazing what you with Mod-Podge! We decoupaged some really pretty tissue paper to some taper candles for this month's craft night. Of course, they are for decorative purposes only. Although, the Mod-Podge label states that the glue is not flammable... If we get any reports of our crafters' houses on fire due to lighting these particular candles, we'll update you! We had lots of paper to choose from, and some new guests showed up! If you like doing crafts and enjoy great company, come by the Pearl Library every 2nd Tuesday. We'll see you soon!

Wednesday, November 14

Toys for Tots


The Flowood Library is an official drop off zone for Toys for Tots this year.  You can drop off your new, unopened toys at the Flowood Library throughout the month of November.  All toys will be distributed to needy children residing within the state of Mississippi. Please help place a smile on a child's face this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 13

Pearl Library's Brown Bag Luncheon, November 16th!

Join the Pearl Library this Friday, November 16th, for the monthly Brown Bag Luncheon! Judy Sikes, the ADA Coordinator of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities will be giving a demonstration on disaster preparedness. In the wake of such national tragedies as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, all of us need to learn how to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

This month's Brown Bag is a week early because of the Thanksgiving holidays, but it will be at 12:00 p.m., as always. And, as always, you should bring a sack lunch with you, and the Friends of the Pearl Library will provide drinks and a light dessert.

This program will last between an hour and an hour and a half. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 8

Flowood Donations . . . Thank You!

     The G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library in Flowood, MS would like to thank all of the patrons who donate items to the Flowood Library.  Your generous donations help to support the library in these troubled economic times.  Most people are anonymous donors, so we never get the opportunity to thank them personally. 

One of our most recent donations contained nearly 60 brand new copies of Writers and Their Works.  We don't know who donated the books, but we are very happy to have them.  They are going to make a perfect addition to our collection. 
     Again, the Flowood Library would like to say "THANK YOU" for your incredible generosity.

Tuesday, November 6

CMRLS Libraries Offer eBooks

Central Mississippi Regional Library System announces the newest service available to Library cardholders. Your Libraries are now offering eBooks for download to the Blio Reader app for Kindle Fire, iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android phones and tablets; or the ePub and pdf formats for Nook, Color Nook, Sony, or Kobo eReaders.
            The terminology and technology may be new to you; but eBooks are just one more format that books and information may be delivered to CMRLS Library cardholders. The eBooks are checked out and downloaded to your eReader any time of the day or night, and anywhere you have a WiFi connection. You have the book for seven days. And, there is never a late fee or charge for damages because the eBooks are returned to the Library without you leaving the comfort of your home or making time in your busy day to visit the Library!
            Patrons who have waited patiently for this service may have already begun searching for eBooks to read. A link on the CMRLS website takes you directly to the “Magic Wall,” where you can view the eBooks and read summaries; read reviews or write your own. A link on the Magic Wall takes you directly to Blio, a free app to be downloaded once…and that’s it! The most popular eBooks in the collection are shown on the Magic Wall when it opens, but there are ways to search for eBooks – by age group, subject, or title. If the title you are looking for is unavailable, you may place a hold so that you are the next in line, just like a print book. You can create a Wish List for titles you may wish to read later.
There is a HELP button on the Magic Wall and links to further help on the CMRLS website. Watch the CMRLS calendar and your local newspaper for announcements of classes for help with checking out eBooks on your eReader.
CMRLS is also launching a free Library app this week! BookMyne, a very useful application that allows you to search the CMRLS Library catalog, access your Library account; view Library contact information, business hours, and directions to the Library using Google Maps. Install this app on your phone and you can call or email your home Library with one click. This app will search for the nearest Library within 10-300 miles using your location, very handy if looking for a free WiFi connection while traveling.
“Suggested Reading” is a wonderful tool within the BookMyne app. Powered by the popular website Goodreads, this lists award winning titles and popular titles to search for in the CMRLS Library catalog. If the title is not in the catalog, ask Library staff for options.
Further information may be found on the CMRLS website, CMRLS serves the public libraries of Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith Counties.

Special Senior Friday Flick

We have a special Senior Friday Flick at the Pearl Library this Friday, November 9th!

Senior adults who arrive at the Pearl Library will be treated to a tour of the library and a free chili and cornbread lunch from Western Sizzlin. The Friends of the Pearl Library are hosting this in order to welcome all senior adults to the library, show them the library's services, and entertain them (as always!).

The tour of the library starts at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will begin at 12, and our viewing of Snow White & the Huntsman (PG-13, Universal Pictures, 2012, 127 minutes showtime) will begin at 1:00 p.m. This event will take place in the Pearl Library meeting room.

Interested senior adults do not need a reservation to attend this program. We hope to see you on Friday!

Autumn Book Harvest

     It's the time for giving, and this Thanksgiving season, the Pearl Library wants to give a little something away to the adult patrons who use our library. We're having an Autumn Book Harvest, in which any adult patron who checks out at least three items from our adult fiction and adult nonfiction collections can enter to win one of two $50 gift cards to Kroger.
     We’ll be doing the drawing on Monday, November 19th, just in time for Thanksgiving! There is no limit to how many times you can enter, so please come browse our adult fiction and nonfiction collection, take home something interesting, and enter to win!
*We'd like to thank the Friends of the Pearl Library for providing funding for this program.

Monday, November 5

Holiday Mail for Heroes

It's that time of year again!  The Flowood Library will be accepting cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes! 

     Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.
-from the American Red Cross Website