Monday, September 16

Far Out Programs at the Pearl Public Library!

Taking it celestial September's How-To Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. is Painting Planets!

All you do is take acrylic painting paper, paint, Mason jar lids and, of course, a little imagination and there you have it! Galaxy art! 

If you are all about creativity and enjoying a relaxing time, this program is definitely for you!

The How-To Tuesday program, which is the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m., is free and all materials are supplied.  

But that's not all that's going on this week at the Pearl Library.

So, let's talk about really taking it out there OK!  

How about a dark, romantic comedy involving a 20-year-old boy and a 79-year-old woman. 

That would be Harold and Maude, the Pearl Library's September Third Thursday Flicks offering.

Harold and Maude directed by Hal Ashby was released in 1971.
A young boy named Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) is intrigued with death. He meets Maude, played by Ruth Gordon, at a funeral and develops a strong friendship with her.  Ruth teaches Harold the value of  living life to the fullest.
Far out, funny movie, on a big screen! What could possibly be better! And, it's free!  That's Thurs. Sept. 19 at 5:45. Refreshments will be served.
We'll see you there!

Friday, September 13

Fitness Is Not a Fad at Forest Library

In a world full of fads, women's fitness is not a craze or a novelty or even a whim. A fad is defined as an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived or without basis in the object's qualities. Synonyms include fixation, trend, fashion, or the latest thing; however, none of these terms apply to long-term women's health and fitness.

Forest Public Library and Clear Creek Bootcamp in Forest are partnering together to present FITNESS DAY @ THE LIBRARY on Saturday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. The focus of the event is to encourage and celebrate women's health and fitness as a lifestyle and not a fad. Branch Manager Dianne McLaurin understands the importance of this message. "In February of this year, I joined the local bootcamp to lose some extra pounds. For the first six-weeks of the program, I achieved all my goals and posted transformation pictures with zeal! Everyone was so excited that I had joined the "fitness craze" in Forest. However, it did not take long to realize that women's fitness is not a six-week program, but rather a lifestyle of nutrition, exercise and accountability. Fitness is not a fad."

The owner of Clear Creek Bootcamp and Forest firefighter, Jordan Barnes, compares this concept to a three-legged stool. Without all three legs of support -- sustained nutrition, regular exercise and personal accountability -- the stool will not provide the adequate foundation for a healthy lifestyle. When approached about partnering with the library about a FREE health and fitness workshop for women, Barnes stated that community collaboration is necessary to spread this important message.

National Women's Health and Fitness Day is celebrated each year on the last Wednesday of September and is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. Even though the library could not participate in the official nationwide event on September 25, the local organizers wanted to focus attention on the importance of physical activity and healthy eating by hosting a Saturday September program. The city of Forest is designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Healthy Hometown, and McLaurin participated in the grant process by serving on the Healthy Hometown committee. The Central Mississippi Regional Library System was just recently awarded a grant to provide FIT KITS for checkout to patrons. These fitness kits include everything from Zumba and Pilates to weight-lifting and yoga.

In the past few years, the library has also partnered with Lackey Memorial Hospital to present health literacy programs for residents of all ages, from preschool to senior citizens. Hospital spokesperson Nicole Kennedy stated that the hospital will have a table set up during the event to provide handouts about breast cancer and bone density scans in preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Workshop participants can also register to win a free mammogram.

"What we all want Forest residents to understand is that women's health and fitness is not a fad. As someone nearing retirement years, I understand the idea of slowing down and enjoying life. Still, healthy eating and regular exercise are not "phases" that we outgrow or a "craze" that is no longer fashionable. I think the library and our partners have created an amazing program that will interest everyone and confirm our commitment to women's health and the overall health of our town," McLaurin added.

FITNESS DAY @ THE LIBRARY begins at 9:00 a.m. and the workshop schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. -- Jordan Barnes, Clear Creek Bootcamp
Accountability and Personal Training
Healthy Lifestyle Motivation and Management
Proper Use of Exercise Equipment
Exercise Modification for All Ages
10:00 a.m. -- Joanne Jones, Clear Creek Bootcamp
ZUMBA Class Demonstration
11:00 a.m. -- The Importance of Nutritious Meal Plans with Jordan Barnes
Meal Prepping for Busy Lives and Healthy Samples with Katie McLaurin
Healthy Shakes, Smoothies and Teas with C & C Power Nutrition

For more information concerning FITNESS DAY @ THE LIBRARY, please call 601-469-1481 or email 

Thursday, September 12

September 2019 Taylorsville Timeline To Do's

As the fall season approaches, come 'Fall Into' some great programming at your Library in Taylorsville. Listed below are some of the September events we have planned for you to mark off of your To Do List.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. "A library card brings stories to life!" We would like to encourage each teacher in our community to come in and sign-up for a library card for your classroom as well as your personal use. As always, we encourage everyone to have a library card to access all the various services our library has to offer the community.

To encourage our young elementary age readers to sign-up for a library card, Elephant & Piggie will be visiting Taylorsville Elementary School on Tuesday, September 10th at 10:30 am. Elephant & Piggie are just two of the interesting characters from the children's author Mo Willems.

Each Wednesday at 11:00 am will be our Preschool Story Time. Our Fabulous Fall
themes are:
September   4th:   Time for School
September 11th:    Happy Grandparent's Day
September 18th:    Yo Ho Mates, It's a Pirate Kind of Day
September 25th:     "A" is for Apple

These programs are filled with fun books, music, and crafts!

Join us on Monday, September 9th at 3:30 we will celebrate International Dot Day with our after school program for grades Kindergarten to 6th grades.


Come by and see us on Wednesday, September 11th at 3:30, our Totally Teens Wednesday for Tweens and Teens will be able to make Stained Glass Jars using Sharpies and Mod Podge.

Our Adult and Senior Book Club meets on Tuesday, September 10th at 3:00. We will be reading and discussing a novel by: Sandra Brown, Tailspin.

Our Friends of the Library Chapter invites you to join them on Tuesday, September 10th at 3:30, for their monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events and ways to help the library make them a success.

We look forward to helping you complete your Library To Do's.

Wednesday, September 11

Star Tours-Astronomy at It's Finest

Join us as we study ASTRONOMY at the Flowood Library on September 16, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Sandwiches, Chips and Soda will be served.

Following the presentation we will all go outdoors to view the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc. through a powerful hand-crafted telescope, weather permitting.

May your introduction to astronomy be a pleasant experience.

As for myself I had a few obstacles to overcome when I developed an interest in the subject. This happened when I was about 16 years old back in 1983.

I wanted to learn about astronomy, so I invested in a 300X refracting telescope and set it up in the front yard. I pointed the telescope at the Moon and I was impressed. I was like a kid with a new toy.

I was so impressed that I showed off my telescope to the girl next door. I adjusted the angle and showed how I could read the license plate of a small bus that was parked next to her house. She seemed to express an interest in my new hobby.

Since she moved into the neighborhood six months earlier, she had sought my attention. She was the girl who lived at the end of the street and she wanted every boy's attention. But, I was more concerned about trivial things like surviving high school. I had studying to do and grades to make. I didn't need girl problems, too. I ignored her interest in me. She was offended.

Soon after my telescope demonstration she told her boyfriend that I was "peeping" through the windows of her house with my telescope. Her boyfriend came after me, and he brought three of his friends with him. I managed to elude her boyfriend and his entourage. I informed two teachers, but they dismissed the problem.

Back then fighting was something that this high school addressed by threatening suspension and failing grades on one six week term of classes. It was a lot easier to penalize all students involved rather than the ones at fault.

I called my mother. She called the girl's father who was a police officer, and I learned that he was about to get a search warrant and have me arrested. My mother told him that we would be moving soon, and the telescope would be coming with us.

How did this problem get so out of control?

Had this case gone to trial I would have found myself saying to the courtroom that I had purchased this telescope, so I could observe heavenly bodies, and the girl who thought I was observing her did not qualify.

Her boyfriend backed off.

I got out of town.

Tuesday, September 10

New children specialist at Raleigh

We at Raleigh are excited to welcome our new children's specialist of Lee (Alisha) Westbrook Hughes. Lee is a native of Raleigh and a graduate of Raleigh High School. She has an associates degree from Jones County Junior College. She is married to Paul Hughes and they have two children, Micah and Bethany. Paul will soon be returning from his third military trip to the Middle East and the family is anxiously awaiting his return.

Lee 's experience includes being a preschool teacher at 1st Baptist Preschool and has had several years of working with youth at her church. She will be continuing our Tuesday preschool story time and starting some other programs for the various ages of youth in Raleigh. We are excited to have her and hope you will all make her feel welcome.

Saturday, September 7

Looking for your next read...

I am always trying to read a wide assortment of authors and genres because I enjoy a wide variety but also to assist patrons that are looking for a new book or author. Recently, it was a pleasure to read these three books. If you are looking for something new, I would recommend any of the three. The first two titles are actually first novels, and I will look forward to future books by these authors.

As I read Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly, my mind kept trying to decide if this was a horror story, psychological thriller, or a mystery. It definitely kept me thinking and engaged until the very end.

Twenty-five years ago, William Wheeler murdered his wife and three sons with an axe, then slit his own throat, leaving baby Dixie alive in their home. Dixie's childhood home comes up for sale, and Dixie impetuously moves in, furnishing the house with the original furniture that had been in storage since the tragedy. Dixie locates the police file on the murders and connects with the retired detective that investigated. Strange things start to happen; people begin to disappear. The many twists and turns will keep you turning the pages until late at night. Keep the lights on though.

Request a copy of Theme Music from CMRLS catalog.

Escape rooms are all the rage these days.  Normally, a group is given a mission then placed in a themed room to locate clues that will free them from the room. In The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, the escape room is an elevator inside a multi-story building where construction is complete but no tenants occupy the building. The participants, four coworkers at the top of their game in an investment banking company, receive a text to attend a team-building exercise at the location and find themselves locked in an elevator. They must put aside their differences and work together to solve the clues that will lead to their release...hopefully. These four have committed ruthless, unspeakable deeds to get where they are today, and these deeds are revealed as the game progresses. The question is not how will they get out of this elevator, but will anyone get out alive. This psychological thriller is a page turner.

Request a copy of The Escape Room from CMRLS catalog.

If you enjoy Jodi Picoult novels or time travel fiction, The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain will be a novel you do not want to miss.

Carly Sears is a young, expectant mother in 1970. Recently widowed, her husband was a casualty of the war in Vietnam. Now she finds that the baby she is expecting has a serious heart defect and will likely die shortly after birth. She discovers how far she will go to save her unborn daughter when her brother-in-law, a physicist with an obscure past, tells her there might be a way to save her baby. She must trust in the unbelievable and take a leap of faith to pursue her dream of having a healthy child.

Request a copy of The Dream Daughter from CMRLS catalog.

Friday, September 6

Look Up to the Stars at Brandon Public Library!

Astronomy is for Everyone: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Edition!

Join us on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm for a special celestial event!

Astronomer Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you! 

Over the next 1 ½ hours, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.

Ages 8+.

Wednesday, September 4

Stormin' Area 51

For those of you who are seriously planning to participate in the Stormin' Area 51 exercise on September 20, 2019, the Flowood Library has put together a special collection of Area 51 literature that can be used as reference material to become more familiar with the area.

Let's face it. You wouldn't want to be stuck in the middle of the Nevada desert without it. Just remember that these books can only be checked out for three weeks. If you bring them back dirty and full of sand, then you may be charged for the damages.

We may consider waiving the fines should any of our patrons be caught or arrested by the local authorities while trespassing on federal land, but ultimately you are still responsible for  returning library property in pristine condition. You can place all the books in a package or envelope and drop them off at the local post office prior to your excursion across the Nevada desert. Not sure if GPS works in Area 51, so we recommend checking out a book on survival, getting a road map, and drinking plenty of water.

For the record infiltration of an above top secret military base may not be a bright idea, but neither were some of the things I used to do in college.

Friday, August 30

Mississippi Book Recs for Kids!

As part of our Mississippi History display, we're sharing some awesome recommendations for juvenile fiction and nonfiction! Swing by the Brandon Library for more.


A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

In Kuckachoo, Mississippi, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.

Find it at the CMRLS here!

Fishtale by Hans Bauer

Sawyer Brown's family runs a catfish farm in rural Mississippi. When his widowed mom gets sick after her wedding ring is swallowed by a pond "cat," Sawyer is sure the missing ring is to blame. But he soon suspects that the pond cat has become the meal of a far more challenging catch. He sets out with his friends and his stowaway little sister to find the culprit that stole the ring. Journeying deep into the bayou, the foursome must band together to battle the elements, outwit a sneaky poacher, and overcome their differences in pursuit of a colossal catfish. But this is no ordinary fish. This is Ol' One Eye the biggest, oldest, smartest, and meanest durn cat that ever swam the Yazoo River! And before long, the adventurers aren't sure who's chasing who.

Find it at the CMRLS here!

Horns and Wrinkles by Jessica Lawson

How can you tell if a river’s under a spell? River trolls, rock trolls, blue-wing fairies—the usual suspects—the stretch of the Mississippi where Claire lives has rumors of them all, not that she’s ever spotted any. But then Claire’s cousin Duke takes a swim and sprouts a horn—a long, pointy, handsome thing. After that, Claire doesn’t have much choice but to believe that something rivery is going on, especially since she’s the only one who can help Duke lose his new addition. 

Readers of all ages will enjoy getting in—and out of—trouble with Claire and Duke in this nimble, sharp, and funny fantasy

Find it at the CMRLS here!


Black Cat Bone: The Life of Blues Legend Robert Johnson by Patrick Lewis

Legend credits his success to a midnight pact at a crossroads, but what is the real story of bluesman Robert Johnson?

Find it at the CMRLS here!

Spies of Mississippi by Rick Bowers

The Spies of Mississippi is a compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history.

Author Rick Bowers gives readers first-hand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on church-goers, and spies even spied on spies.

The Spies of Mississippi will inspire readers with the stories of the brave citizens who overcame the forces of white supremacy to usher in a new era of hope and freedom—an age that has recently culminated in the election of Barack Obama.

Find it at the CMRLS here!

The Mad Potter by Jan Greenburg

When George Ohr's trove of pottery was discovered in 1967, years after his death, his true genius was discovered with it. The world could finally see how unique this artist really was!

Born in 1856 in Biloxi, Mississippi, George grew up to the sounds of the civil war and political unrest.When he was 22, his boyhood friend introduced him to the pottery wheel. The lost young man suddenly found his calling.

He started creating strangely crafted pots and vases, expressing his creativity and personality through the ceramic sculptures. Eventually, he had thousands at his fingertips. He took them to fairs and art shows, but nobody was buying these odd figures from this bizarre man. Eventually he retired, but not without hiding hundreds of his ceramics.

Find it at the CMRLS here!

Summaries collected and condensed from Goodreads.

Thursday, August 29

September Happenings at the Rez

September Happenings at the Rez

September Greetings! We hope that all of our patrons are ready for a great fall! This past summer has definitely been a hot one! We hope that after the summer our patrons are ready for cool nights around the bonfire, hot chocolate, and long evenings in front of the fire. The librarians at the Northwest point Reservoir are ready for the fun events that fall brings to the library. We hope you can join us for a great fall and all of our great events we have planned.

Labor Day Closing

CMRLS Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day. Regular Library hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.  We hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day.

Fall Story Time
Join us Thursday, September 12th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as we celebrate the arrival of fall with a special Fall into Fall Story Time! We will read books that are written about fall and sing songs that are written about the cooler months of fall! We hope to see you there!

Movie Matinee

Join us Thursday, September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a matinee showing of Dumbo, a Walt Disney Pictures production rated (PG), lasting 1 hour and 52 minutes.
This live-action remake of the animated Disney classic stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green. The film's (PG) rating is for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language.
Free popcorn available while supplies last.

High Noon Book Club

Join us Thursday, August 15th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., for another meeting of the High Noon Book Club! This month we will have a "Book Report Meeting". All participants are encouraged to read a book of their own choosing and then give a report on it and we will choose the next book to read for the next meeting.  All participants are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch. Desserts will be provided courtesy of the Northwest Point Reservoir Library.  All who attend are also welcome to bring any desserts they want as well. We hope to see you there!

Loose Knit Group

Are you a master knitter who is looking to pass on your knowledge to a new generation of knitters? Are you a beginner who is looking to learn from master knitters? Come by the library every Tuesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  All experience levels are welcome as we work on our own projects.

Mugshots Family Trivia

Are you a trivia master looking for their next game to conquer? Are you a complete newbie to the game of trivia and wanting to know how the game is played? Come join us Tuesday, September 17th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Mugshots of Flowood for  Mugshots Family Trivia Night.  It will be  another exciting night of great trivia courtesy of G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library and the Northwest Point Reservoir Library.

With the start of fall we hope that all of our patrons will continue to utilize our library services! We also hope that all of our patrons have a great and productive school year as well.

Monday, August 26

A Therapy Session Going to the Dogs, But in a Good Way at the Pearl Public Library!

Prepare yourself for a good time! 

A special Family Night program, Pizza and Pups! is on the way Tues. Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. 

Co-sponsored by Pizza Shack of Jackson, come meet Gunny, a gentle therapy dog, and enjoy award winning pizza!
Pizza and Pups! will be way more than just entertaining! It will be educational too! Learn what therapy dogs do.  

Therapy dogs have stable temperaments and are easy going.  They enjoy being petted, cuddled and handled! Therapy dogs visit various places like libraries, schools and rehabilitation centers. They are used to comfort people and give affection.

Pizza and Pups! is FREE and open to everyone! So, plan to come and bring the WHOLE family to see Gunny. He'll be the real star of the show!

And, speaking of a show, don't miss out on September's Third Thursday Flicks!
Harold and Maude is a dark comedy released in 1971. Come relax and watch  this FREE movie on the big screen, Thurs. Sept. 19 at 5:45. Refreshments will be served!

We'll see you there!

Friday, August 23

Book Recommendations - Young Adult Novels by Mississippi Authors

As part of our Mississippi History display, we're sharing some awesome recommendations for young adult fiction and nonfiction! Swing by the Brandon Library for more.

YA Fiction

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny's life--and family--is getting complicated. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool, where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.

Find it in the CMRLS here!

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected invitation from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving for the lavish Wyndriven Abbey in the heart of Mississippi.
Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Find it in the CMRLS here!

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.  So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Find it in the CMRLS here!

YA Non-Fiction

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS will be the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen. 

Find in the CMRLS here!

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to “speak what we see.”

Find it in the CMRLS here!

Events That Changed the Course of History: Mississippi Becoming a State 200 Years Later by Amanda Hutchins

Two hundred years ago, on Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state to join the Union. Follow Mississippi on its long path to statehood, from the habitation of the Chickasaw, Choctaw and other tribes dating all the way back to 10,000 B.C., to its first European settlement in 1699, to eventually becoming a U.S. territory after the Revolutionary War.
However, Mississippi only enjoyed its status as a state for about 43 years before its citizens voted to secede from the Union in early 1861, just a few short months before the beginning of the Civil War. In this book, you will learn just why Mississippi seceded, how the state fared during the war, and how it dealt with reconstruction after the Confederacy was dissolved.
From the development of the Blues, to the Civil Rights Movement, to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, there have been a great number of changes, both good and bad, in Mississippi in the past century, and there are sure to be more to come. Take a closer look at the Magnolia State's history and learn how its past has shaped the culture and people of Mississippi today.
Find in in the CMRLS here!

All summaries acquired via Goodreads.

Thursday, August 22

August Events for the Morton Library

It's Back to School Time!

             Be sure to come by  the library and check out our large selection of AR books
                      to help you get a head start on your AR reading for school.

Don't forget that every Tuesday morning at 10:30 we have Story Time for ages 3-5

Our themes for August are:
Aug. 6:  The Ocean
Aug 13:  Dinosaurs
Aug 20: School
Aug 27: All About Me

Events for K-6 Grade are:
Aug 15: Making shaving cream art paper at 5 p.m.

Events for Tweens are:
Aug 15: Painting With Your Feet at 5 p.m.

We also have an Adult event this month
Aug 22:  We will be painting coffee cups at 5.m.
             Due to limited supplies please sign up for this event prior to Aug 22.

The Friends of the Morton Library will be having a Silent Auction during the month of August
at the Library.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Morton Library.
So come by and bid on some great items and help support your local library!

Monday, August 19

Time is Flying and September is just around the corner!

But August isn't over yet!

Don't forget that the Pearl Public Library features How-To Tuesday on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. 

So, don't miss the August How-To Tuesday on the 20th at 6 p.m. Join in fun stenciling using paper, paint, jar lids and a toothbrush! The program is free, no reservation required and materials are supplied!

And, for all you book lovers out there, The Pearl Morning Book Club meets every two weeks on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. If you aren't a member, no worries. Just stop on by. You can call the Pearl Library at 601-932-2562 for the title that will be discussed. The next meeting is Wed. Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.

If you can't make the Pearl Morning Book Club in August, plan on rolling in with the month of September! Hey, it happens every other week on Wednesday! Plenty of opportunities to get your read on!

Get your craft juices flowing first thing in September with Popsicle Stick Coasters, the Simply Crafts program on Tues. Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.  A Free program, no reservations required and materials supplied! Simply Crafts is every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Don't miss out!

We'll see you there!

Friday, August 16

Mississippi Book Recs!

As part of our Mississippi History display, we're sharing some awesome recommendations for adult fiction and nonfiction! Swing by the Brandon Library for more.


Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

When thirteen-year-old JoJo's father is released from prison, his mother Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, legacies, violence, and love.

Find it in the CMRLS catalog here!

Paper Son by S.J. Rozan

When Lydia Chen's mother tells her a cousin Lydia didn’t know she had is in jail in Clarksdale, Mississippi—and that Lydia has to rush down south and get him out—Lydia finds herself rolling down Highway 61 with Bill Smith, her partner, behind the wheel. She soon finds that nothing in Mississippi is as she expected it to be. Including her cousin’s legal troubles—or possibly even his innocence.

Find it in the CMRLS catalog here!

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Russell Gaines has been in Parchman penitentiary for eleven years. His sentence now up, Russell believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he realizes others don't feel the same. Meanwhile, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate, spending their last dollar on a room for the night. By morning,  a dead deputy lies in the middle of the road, and all signs point to Maben. When their paths cross as morning dawns, Russell must decide whose life he will save—his own or those of the woman and child.

Find it in the CMRLS catalog here


Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South by Karen L. Cox

In 1932, the city of Natchez made national news when Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery--known in the press as the "Wild Man" and the "Goat Woman"--enlisted a black man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During the attempted robbery, Merrill was shot and killed.  Pearls was killed by an Arkansas policeman in an unrelated incident before he could face trial. 

However, the white community demanded "justice," and an innocent black woman named Emily Burns was ultimately sent to prison for the murder. Dana and Dockery not only avoided punishment but also lived to profit from the notoriety of the murder. Karen Cox highlights the larger ideas that made the tale so irresistible to the popular press and provides a unique lens through which to view the transformation of the plantation South into the fallen, Gothic South.

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Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant

Richard Grant and his girlfriend of New York City buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta on a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, where they learn to hunt, grow their own food, fend off alligators, and more. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes. Reporting from all angles as only an outsider can, Grant also delves deeply into the Delta’s lingering racial tensions. Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families—and good reasons for hope.

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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington

Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008 for the assault and murder of two three-year-old girls in rural Mississippi while the real killer remained free. Balko and Carrington chronicle the careeres of medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne, who performed the vast majority of Mississippi's autopsies, while his friend Dr. Michael West, a local dentist, pitched himself as a forensic jack-of-all-trades. Together they became the go-to experts for prosecutors and helped put countless Mississippians in prison. But then some of those convictions--like that of Brooks and Brewer--began to fall apart. Balko and Carrington raise sobering questions about our criminal justice system's ability to address its issues with racism and forensic failures.

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