Wednesday, January 16

Crochet @ Flowood Library

Join us as we learn to Crochet with Donna at the Flowood Library on 1/17/2019 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. You will need your own crochet hook and your favorite color yarn. Preregistration is requested.

According to World Book Online, a library database available at our CMRLS website, crochet not to be confused with the word croquet “is a type of needlework that uses a hooked needle to pull a thread into interlocking looped stitches to form a fabric. People commonly use crochet to create baby clothes, sweaters, hats, mittens, purses, shawls, comforters, and afghans. Artists create flat and three-dimensional artworks in crochet.

People first crocheted with wool yarn, or fine cotton, silk, or linen thread. However, almost any fiber may be crocheted. Today, people crochet items made of light and heavy cotton, acrylic and wool yarns, and plain and metallic threads. Crocheted material may have a smooth, shiny, fleecy, or nubby texture. Different colors and threads may be combined for interesting surfaces. People may also work in beads, sequins, and baubles.

Crochet hook sizes are generally chosen to match the thread thickness. Thicker yarns need thicker hooks. The hooks may be made of metal, wood, plastic, or bone.

There are many different crochet stitches. The basic chain stitch begins with a loop. A thread is drawn through the loop to form another loop. The first row builds up in this way until a length of stitches forms and becomes the fabric edge. The final fabric results by working loops into rows back and forth from the beginning edge row The middle finger and thumb of one hand hold the thread so it can be picked up by the hook held in the other hand. Other stitches include the single, double, slip, loop, bullion, picot, and cross treble. These stitches are all variations of the chain procedure.

Crocheting is a popular hobby because the materials are usually inexpensive and the work proceeds quickly. The projects are easy to carry, which enables people to work on them in spare moments. Many classes, magazines, exhibits, and Internet discussion groups are dedicated to the subject of crochet.

The word crochet means hook in French. An early form of crochet was used in France and other western European countries in the late 1700s. However, crocheting as we know it today did not become widely popular until the 1840s. At that time, books and women's magazines contained printed patterns for crocheted doilies, tablecloths, pillow covers, and edgings. Since the 1960s, people have explored the crochet technique and applied it to wall-hangings, window treatments, sculpture, and wearable art. It is an important craft along with weaving, macrame, knitting, and other needlework techniques.”

Pam, a member of our library staff, offers a testimonial of her experience with the class.
If you come to the Flowood Library on the third Thursday night of each month, you will encounter a group of ladies who are excited about learning to crochet. The class is designed for beginners who want to learn how to crochet, although we have those who are experienced come to be part of the class. We welcome any and all who have an interest in crocheting or who just want to observe and be sociable.
The class originated in September 2018 as a result of a number of patrons expressing a desire to learn how to either crochet or knit. We have a patron, Donna, who volunteers her time to teach a beginner level crocheting class.
The first thing that a person interested in the class needs to know is that they can either call the Flowood Library or stop by and preregister for the class. However, if one does not preregister, they can just come to the class at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday night of each month. Normally a person attending the class will need to bring their own supplies. This includes a crochet hook and yarn. We suggest purchasing just regular yarn and a size “J” crochet hook.
The first thing that is taught is the basic chain stitch. This is the beginning stitch of all crochet projects. Next, Donna teaches how to single crochet and then double crochet. So far most of the attendees have learned how to chain stitch and single crochet. However, if a person has never been to the class, they can still come and start from the beginning to learn how to chain stitch. Donna provides both one on one instruction and group instruction.
Currently the class is crocheting a small square just to give everyone practice crocheting. We have discussed crocheting a scarf next using the single crochet stitch. This will be a fun and easy project. Then Donna is going to teach how to double crochet and how to read a pattern for a crochet project.
We encourage anyone to come who has an interest in crocheting or just would like to make some new friends. Make 2019 the year you venture out to the library to learn something new and fun.

Friday, January 11

Begin Sewing at the Brandon Library!

Learn the basics of sewing with us!

Do you want to use our sewing machines acquired with the So, Sew! grant? Just let us know! For more information, call the Brandon Library at (601) 825-2672.

January 12: Apron
January 19: Fold-Up Shopping Bag
January 26: Thumb-Finger Potholder

Please preregister.

Supply List:

Class #1 - Apron

  • Fabric - 1 yard 45 inch wide for the main color
  • 1/2 yd for the second color
  • 1/2 yd fusible interfacing
  • thread to match 
  • usual sewing notions (if you're bringing your own machine)

Class #2 - The fold-up shopping bag
  • 1 yard 45 inch wide fabric
  • thread to match. 
  • Usual sewing notions (if you're bringing your own machine)

Class #3 - Thumb-Finger Pot Holder
  • We will use the scraps from the first two projects or two fabric pieces approximately 8 x 10 inches 
  • 1 piece each of Insul-bright and quilt batting - 8 x 10 inches
  • thread to match.
  • Usual sewing notions (if you're bringing your own machine)

****Usual Sewing Notions (if you're bringing your own machine)
This is a list of the basic items needed for beginning sewing. Please put your name on all your supplies.
  • Scissors – please be sure these will easily cut fabric.
  • Seam ripper 
  • Tape measure - 60 inches at least 
  • Seam gauge 
  • Water soluble disappearing ink pen FOR FABRIC or other marker for fabric 
  • Pins and pin cushion 
  • Hand sewing needles - sharps size 10 or an assortment of sizes
  • Thimble 
  • Large safety pin 
  • Box or container for supplies 
  • Needle threader - can be helpful if you have difficulty threading needles 
  • Small sack for scraps/trash - bring this when attending a class 

Some stores sell preassembled kits containing many of these supplies. It is best not to purchase these as the scissors do not cut well and the needles and pins are not sharp enough to use without marring the fabric. Most all of these supplies should be available at fabric stores or Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.

If you are bringing your own sewing machine, please bring sewing machine needles - several sizes are very useful. Also, bring the instruction manual for the machine.

National Popcorn Day @ Magee Library

January 19 is National Popcorn Day and we plan to celebrate it by giving away a “Popcorn Bowl”How do you enter your name in the drawing for the “Popcorn Bowl"? Simply come by the Magee Library and check out an item. That easy! For every item a Library cardholder checks out, they get one entry to put in the drawing!

No one knows the origin of Popcorn day. But according to the website,, it was obviously someone with good taste! Fun activities to try? String some unsalted and unbuttered popcorn and place the string on a tall bush or a low tree for the birds...or make popcorn balls!

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups miniature marshmallows

  1. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Add vegetable oil to a 4-quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When the oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Put popcorn in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Melt butter In a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly. 
  4. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix with a spoon to coat evenly.
  5. Let mixture cool slightly. Smear butter on your hands or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix popcorn with your hands so that it is evenly coated.
  6. Form popcorn into 8 balls.

 Finally, take a picture of yourself and share on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.

Thursday, January 10

LAKE: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

We had so much fun at story time this month.  Everyone brought a stuffed animal for the stuffed animal sleepover.  After some stories, songs and making a jet pack for our furry friends, we had chocolate milk and put them down for a nap.  I thought, "Whew!  Done with that!  Time to get some more work done."  I had forgotten how much work stuffed animals can be.  I went to shelve some books and when I came back some of them were playing with the copy machine while the others were playing with the train. If you want to see all the things the stuffed animals got into at the library, go and visit our Facebook page and search for the hashtag #cmrlslake.

I finally got them all rounded back up from all their adventures and mischief and they agreed that if I read them a story, they would go back to sleep.  So we read a book together and then they all laid down in my office under a nice soft blanket and that's where I found them the next morning when it was time for their owners to pick them up.  I think they had fun at the library.  I hope they visit again soon, but I must admit that I'll have to think twice before I let them stay the night at the library again. Babysitting stuffed animals is a big responsibility.

Wednesday, January 9

A Visit from Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Join us for Family Story Time at the Flowood Library on 1/12/2019 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. We will enjoy stories, music, crafts, and snacks as we celebrate A.A. Milne's birthday. Winnie the Pooh will be here as our special guest. Tigger wanted to be here, but he had another engagement.

Growing up I never knew that much about Winnie the Pooh other than he had a few cartoons, a few books, and a Disney World ride at Magic Kingdom. How would I approach learning more about Winnie the Pooh? In the old days, I could reach for a dusty encyclopedia and possibly find the answer? Do they make dusty encyclopedias anymore? I could also check out a book at the local library. But what if the library is closed for the day?

Through the CMRLS (Central Mississippi Regional System) website I have access to an online World Book Encyclopedia where I can find answers to a number of questions including, "Who is Winnie the Pooh?"

I go to the website where I find the Digital Library drop-down menu.  I click on Virtual Reference Collection and then on to the subheading World Book Online.  I click on the Kids box category because Winnie the Pooh is based on a character made for children. Then I type in the name Winnie the Pooh.

World Book Online tells me that, "Winnie-the-Pooh is a toy stuffed bear who is the title character in two books by the English author A. A. Milne. Both books have become classics of children's literature. The first is a collection of stories called Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). The bear also appeared in a second book, The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

Milne’s stories describe the adventures of a boy named Christopher Robin and his animal friends in a forest called the Hundred Acre Wood. The boy is the only human being in the adventures and serves as the kindly master of the animals.

Winnie-the-Pooh is a gentle-natured bear who loves honey. Other characters include a gloomy donkey called Eeyore, a peppy tiger called Tigger, a timid pig called Piglet, a philosophical owl called Owl, an interfering Rabbit, and a kangaroo named Kanga and her baby called Roo."

World Book Online provides an option where the article can be read to you. There is a category for Pictures, Videos and More, and a category for More Information.

Additional hyperlinks are available so you can learn more about the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories, A. A. Milne, and the illustrator who drew Winnie the Pooh, Ernest Howard Shepard.

The story of Winnie the Pooh was inspired by the stuffed animals belonging to A. A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin.  One never knows where inspiration will appear.

I found using World Book Online to be user-friendly and very informative. It reminds me that Google and Wikipedia may not have all the answers to my questions when I'm performing research.

Winnie the Pooh is coming to the Flowood Library on January 12, 2019, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. I sure hope he brings some honey!

Tuesday, January 8

Art Display at Raleigh Public Library

Come by the Raleigh Public Library and look at the wonderful art display by Lucy Scott Walker. Lucy is a resident of Raleigh, MS and enjoys painting with acrylic medium on canvas. Lucy does a wonderful job making each picture look life like. Each brushstroke creates a picture that makes you think you can walk right up to its subject. Lucy has a variety of subjects including landscapes, animals, and buildings. Some of her paints you might recognize. She has painted Shongelo Park, Vicksburg plantation ruins, several well know cabins, and the old Coursey Doctor's Office that is now State Farm in Raleigh. Her art will continue to display through the end of January.

Monday, January 7

Rolling into the New Year Strong at the Pearl Public Library!

So, you would think with the busy programming year the Pearl Public Library had in 2018, there would be some down time and uh, just chillin' out right now. Right? 


Well, actually there is some chillin' going on, just not that kind of chillin'! No, this is the brrr kind of chillin'.  It's cold themed programs. However, it would be nice if the temperature would straighten out and act like it's winter time! LOL!  

Already underway is the Snuggle Up and Read adult program. All you have to do is write a book review for every book you snuggle up with. Every book review is a chance to win a throw blanket and hot chocolate basket. The drawing will be held on Fri. Feb. 1.

Please mark you calendars!  Here comes the biggie! As February is Library Lover's Month, the Pearl Library is second to none in showing the community some good lovin'! 

It's the patron favorite Come in From the Cold With a Good Book on Wed. Feb. 13 and Thurs. Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day! This is the eleventh year for the event when patrons are treated to free cookies, donuts and coffee all generously donated by area businesses. 

Community Coffee, the Donut Factory, Dunkin' Donuts, That Special Touch Bakery, Sam's Club of Pearl, Wal-Mart of Pearl and Simply Southern Cafe and Grill in Flowood help out every year to make this event spectacular! The program is also sponsored by the Friends of the Pearl Library. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions about the Friends' group. Registration forms to become a Friends' member will be available.  

You really don't want to miss this! What a great time to bring your family and friends, sit in the little, sweet cafe the Pearl Library creates and just enjoy the free treats and fellowship!

We'll see you there!

January Events at Pelahatchie Public Library

The Pelahatchie Public Library has several events scheduled for the remainder of this month.  One is the adult book club that meets Wednesday, January 16, at 9:30 a.m.  Our book club is in its sixth year and we have read almost 100 titles during that time.  This month's book for discussion is Jodi Picoult's novel, The Storyteller, a story set in present day with flashbacks to World War II.  As always, Ms. Picoult's story of a Nazi soldier living under an assumed name in the United States tugs at issues of morality; and if you're familiar with her novels, it has that little twist at the end that you may or may not have seen coming. 

The other upcoming program is Ladies Movie Night.  Back by popular demand, on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m., we will show Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, rated PG-13.  The movie runs 114 minutes and was produced by Universal Studios.  There will be popcorn and drinks served for all who attend.

Wednesday, January 2

Art on Exhibit @ Flowood Library

The Flowood Library offers an opportunity to see a gallery of exhibits by local artists.  Currently, we have several paintings available to be viewed by the public free of charge.  Paintings of tigers, but no lions or bears.  Oh, my.  Parrots, owls, cardinals and other birds of a feather such as seagulls and pelicans.  We have polar bears putting on quite a show.  An assortment of fish accompanied underwater by sea turtles.  We can enjoy the peaceful scenery of houses on the beach or we can see a forest in the trees.  Several other critters are represented in this display.

Come to the Flowood Library and enjoy our art gallery of paintings created by a local artist.  The exhibit is open during regular library hours and is free to the public.