Friday, February 15

Rom-Com Trivia at the Brandon Library!

February is Library Lover's Month, and we at the Brandon Library want to make sure you all know how much we love having you here! Which is why, on February 21 at 6:30 pm, we're going to host our very first Rom-Com Trivia Night.

How well do you know your romance? Find out for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes!

(Remember: the bigger your team, the better your chances, but the more you have to share, as well!)

Black History Month: Following the "First" Footsteps

Whenever most people celebrate Black History Month, their minds immediately travel to the street marches of Martin Luther King, the Underground Railroad of Harriet Tubman, the bus ride of Rosa Parks, or the presidential trail of Barack Obama. African Americans have been on the move for years, advancing their race in all areas of American service. The theme of this year's Black History Month is Black Migrations; however, in Scott County, one only has to travel down the street to find African American accomplishments.

The Forest Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) in partnership with the Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation is presenting a Black History Month program at the library on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. The event for all ages includes a program compiled by Constance Slaughter-Harvey entitled THE FIRST: Legacy's African American Accomplishments in Scott County. On display will be the amazing artwork of Rev. Allen Cooks with a focus on local African Americans. The teens will assist with crafts and activities for children, and refreshments will be served after the program.

One of the highlights of the program will be a Jeopardy-style game entitled I AM THE FIRST. The challenge is to name the Scott County African American who achieved a "FIRST" accomplishment. Here are some examples of the first achievements:
I am the first African American Circuit Clerk elected in Scott County. Who am I? 
I am the first African American female graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Law School. Who am I? 
I am the first African American in Scott County drafted by the National Football League in 1994. Who am I?
I am the first African American county-wide elected official -- Tax Assessor, 1997. Who am I?
I am the first African American female Forest Police Department Employee (31 years). Who am I?

Migration is defined as the movement of people from one place to another, requiring that the migration start over or begin anew. The Scott County African Americans who achieved the firsts listed above blazed new trails. Their migration did not require them to move to new locations, but rather to create new paths within their own community and county. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  Journey with us on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m., as the Forest Public Library follows the footsteps of these far-reaching Scott County African American "firsts". 

Wednesday, February 13

The Unexpected Reference Question

A librarian is often tasked with the duty of helping a patron perform research on designated topics of interest. When a patron has a question that requires research, we call this a reference question. A librarian is capable of helping the patron and knows what research tools to use to get the patron the answer he or she needs in an expedited manner. Often a patron's question can be answered using the internet or using a book from our collection.

Sometimes a librarian must draw upon personal experience to quickly respond to a patron's request for information.

Whatever the path the librarian chooses to help the patron, it is the solemn duty of a librarian to pursue the research until the patron is satisfied that they have found all the information they are looking for.

It is a very challenging task sometimes.

Most of the questions asked by patrons tend to be routine. Some questions are downright unexpected.

One morning a patron walked into the library and told me that he wanted to understand women. The reason for this request is that he was getting married again and he did not want to make the same mistakes he had made from his previous marriage.

I thought for a moment. How best should I respond to this reference question? There were a number of approaches I could take to help the patron. There were several information resources I could draw upon including personal experience. I also needed to select an option that the patron would understand.

I had once as a young man asked my father a similar question, "Can you explain girls to me?" My father looked at me and said, "You're on your own, buddy."

I was left to my own devices. I had to learn by trial and error. I would find that some things can only be learned through experience.

There could only be one answer. I referred the patron to the book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. I knew of this book from a documentary I had once seen on television by Barbara Walters.

If only I had had this information available when I was younger, I could have avoided many a train wreck of failed relationships.

The patron accepted the book and left satisfied to have found the means to understand his future wife. I never saw him again.

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching. Cue theme from Jaws. It is the day many men fear because if they forget to make an effort to impress the love in their lives, there will be repercussions.

You will need the following items:

  • Roses. Can't go wrong with roses. Stick with red roses. It's easier.
  • Chocolates. Any kind of chocolates will do as long as they come in a box.
  • Valentine's Day card expressing your devotion for the one you love.
  • Dinner reservations at a restaurant where the meal is prepared in front of you or brought to you by a waiter or waitress.
  • Optional. A musical stuffed animal that lights up and sings "Doctor, doctor give me the news. I've got a bad case of loving you," by Robert Palmer.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day from the Flowood Library!

Tuesday, February 12

Valentine Fun at Raleigh

We will have a busy but fun Valentine's Day at the Raleigh Library. It will begin with a book club meeting for adults and then a Valentine party for elementary kids.

We have a great book for our adult book club this month. It is a classic you may have read when you were younger. It is always fun to renew our memories. This month's classic is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It is the classic tale of four sisters as they relate to each other and the changes that life throws at them.

Our adult book club is a special time to get together with other book lovers for a time of discussion. We meet at 2:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month. It is a good time to read books outside of your normal genre. We would love for you to join us.

We will also be celebrating Valentine's Day with a party for our elementary kids at 3:30 pm.
We will have books, songs, cookie decorating, Valentine Tic Tac Toe craft, Valentine Card decorating, and games. This will be a really fun time. Come out and invite your friends.

Something fun is being planned for March 1st, be watching for the announcement!

Monday, February 11

A Fan of Psychological Thrillers? Some 1st Novels Worth Checking Out.

If you like psychological thrillers and need some new suggestions, we have recently read these first novels that are highly recommended by a number of Pelahatchie Public Library staff and patrons.

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

"It isn't paranoia if it's really happening... Anna Fox lives alone -- a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble -- and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing are what they seem."-- Provided by publisher.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The divorce has just become final, and Richard is already engaged to someone. One woman is determined to change that situation-- no matter what it takes. Soon a tangle of lies binds her life with those of Richard and his new fiancée. A tangle of lies-- that hide some dangerous truths.

Hendricks/Pekkanen have a second novel recently released, An Anonymous Girl.

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

B. A. Paris has two additional novels published, both are unique from this novel's premise.  The Breakdown and Bring Me Back are good reads as well.

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

"Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve. Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more--a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne--a socialite and philanthropist--and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne's compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family's life--the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne's closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent."--provided by publisher.

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

"Serial meets Ruth Ware's In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a long-closed murder case--and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim's daughter"-- Provided by publisher

Friday, February 8

Tacos & Trivia

Everyone knows that Nicholas Sparks is the King of Romance. How well do you love them? How many times have you read all his books?

His first book was The Notebook, set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.*

My favorite is the sequel, The Wedding, after thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Desperate to win back his wife Jane's heart, he must figure out how to make her fall in love with him... again. Despite the shining example of Allie and Noah's marriage, Wilson is himself a man unable to easily express his emotions. A successful estate attorney, he has provided well for his family, but now, with his daughter's upcoming wedding, he is forced to face the fact that he and Jane have grown apart and he wonders if she even loves him anymore. Wilson is sure of one thing--his love for his wife has only deepened and intensified over the years. Now, with the memories of his in-laws' magnificent fifty-year love affair as his guide, Wilson struggles to find his way back into the heart of the woman he adores.*

On Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 pm, the Magee Library will have a Tacos and Trivia Night. We will be asking trivia from all of the romance books written by Nicholas Sparks. 

For a complete list of his books click here.

We will be serving tacos from one of our local Mexican restaurants. 

*Book blurbs came from the website

Wednesday, February 6

Writers Meet at Flowood Library

Mississippi Writers Anonymous
February 16, 2019, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Share your interest in writing with a group of talented writers. This group meets every third Saturday of each month at the Flowood Library.

Explore the art of writing with masters of the written word. Bring the book or short story you have been working on and have it critiqued and improved upon until it becomes a well-polished masterpiece that can be published.

Learning to write was one of the more difficult challenges I had to face when I started college at the University of Georgia. Fresh out of high school I had to take remedial English or English 100 as it was called. During this summer class, I learned to write a paragraph. I passed the class with a “C” and moved on to English 101.

My experience in English 101 was most unpleasant. The teacher had a “my way or the highway” attitude and the class had no sense of direction. I passed the class with a “D” and had to retake the class.

The University of Georgia offered English 101 as a correspondence course. We did not have online courses back then. If we had online courses, then I could have avoided setting foot on the overcrowded UGA campus.

Learning to write was hard for me. I had the imagination to write, but I lacked an understanding of the formal structure which accompanies writing. I did not understand thesis statements, themes, or the basic introduction-body-conclusion components of almost every form of writing. I did not understand the need for sentence diagramming. I did not know what a semicolon was. I could not write a paragraph, an essay, a research paper, a master’s thesis or a dissertation.
How embarrassing. 

I opened my Harbrace College Handbook 1984 edition and learned about subordinate conjunctions and subordinate clauses which for me are the basics of writing.

As part of the course I wrote the following story:

The Passion for Speed
Two racers decided to compete to see who had the faster car. The two drivers revved their engines as the flag dropped. The two cars started to move and accelerated to 30 miles per hour in a matter of seconds. They rounded a curve and increased their speed even more. A dog was in the road, so the cars swerved out of the way and continued. 
Their speed reached 100 miles per hour as each fought to keep the lead. They approached a one-lane bridge that could only fit one of the cars at a time. Their speed reached 120, and neither driver showed a sign of letting the other through first. The bridge was 100 yards away. The distance narrowed to 50 yards and then to half of that. Both cars impacted into the bridge and exploded. The race was over.

The assignment was to write a story that would end in a climax or immediate conclusion.

Why write?

Benjamin Franklin once said, If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”

We learn to write to complete a research paper.

We learn to write to complete a job application and often a resume.

We write to create the great American short story or novel which may become a Hollywood movie someday.

We write because we live in a high literacy society where our ability to write can often make a difference between success or failure.

I write because I enjoy it.

The next meeting of Mississippi Writers Anonymous will be February 16, 2019, between 10-12 p.m. This group meets every third Saturday at the Flowood Library.

Come find your “muse” with a group of talented writers.

Monday, February 4

February Programs at the Pearl Public Library Never Disappoint.

From a great read to Bingo for Books to a Costume Pizza Party, and more, it's all happening at the Pearl Library! And, it's all FREE!

In honor of Library Lover's Month, the Chapter 1 Book Club will be discussing Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers on Tues. Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. This book club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. No reservation or membership required. Just stop on by! They'll be happy to see you!
If a book club isn't your thing, come on by the library on this same night Feb. 12 for this month's Family Night program. It's a Costume Pizza Party with pizza provided by Pizza Shack of Jackson. It's first come first served! So, hurry on in and yes, any costume will do!

Or, how about a good game of Bingo!

 It's Bingo for Books on Thurs. Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. This program was brought back by popular demand. And, it is oh-so-popular! Bingo for Books is every second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

By the way, plan to come back the next Thursday for Third Thursday Flicks on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Watch The Notebook on the big screen and enjoy complimentary popcorn and drinks!  

That's not all! 

Don't forget about the 11th annual Come in From the Cold With a Good Book, the Pearl Library's big Library Lover's Month program. Get free cookies, donuts and coffee donated by Community Coffee, Dunkin' Donuts, the Donut Factory, Simply Southern of Flowood, That Special Touch Cakes, Sam's of Pearl and Wal-Mart of Pearl, on Wed. Feb 13 and Thurs. Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day!

We'll see you there!

Friday, February 1

Greetings from the Reservoir Library!

Well, the holidays are behind us as we hurry on into the New Year of 2019! We hope that all our patrons have had a great and happy holiday season.  The librarians and our pet goldfish are back at work and ready to serve the public! We are ready to make 2019 the best year at the Rez!

Blind Date with a Book
Need a date for Valentine’s Day? Come by the Reservoir Library during the month of February to be set up on a blind date with some great literature! We will have the books wrapped in paper so that it can truly be a blind date. Remember no peeking!

Library Closings
The Reservoir library will be closed on February 8th for staff development day.  We will resume normal hours of operation February 11th at 10am. Thank you for being supportive of all our libraries in the CMRLS organization!
The library will also be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents Day; normal business hours will resume Tuesday, February 19th at 10am. We hope that all our patrons have a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to returning to serve our patrons after a break.

Mugshots Family Trivia Night
Are you a trivia master who is looking for a good challenge? Are you new to the entire game of trivia and are looking to get started? Come to Mugshots of Flowood Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm for another exciting night of trivia! Patrons of all ages are welcome to attend. Mugshots gift cards will be awarded as prizes to the winners and mugshots will provide free chips and Rotel dip for all patrons with a library voucher which can be picked up before at either library location or can be found on the tables during trivia night. Trivia night is brought to you by the G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library, the Northwest Point Reservoir Library, and the great staff of Mugshots of Flowood. We look forward to seeing you there!

Library Lover’s Month
February is the month of love here at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library, Library Lover’s Month that is! Come by the Reservoir Library during February to enter your name and why you love the Reservoir Library in our Library Lover’s Month drawing. The Winner will be drawn on Friday, March 1st for two $20 gift cards at Mississippi Legends Grill. Just perfect for a late Valentine’s Day date.

High Noon Book Club
For the month of February, the High Noon Book Club will be reading the book The Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America which is written by John M Barry.  This book tells about the history of the Great Flood of 1927 when the river overflowed its banks after a time of too much rain and the result was one of the worst floods in American history. 
The last book that the High Noon Book Club read was titled Dispatches from Pluto written by Richard Grant. The entire book club really liked the book and would recommend it to anyone who is wanting to read about Mississippi written from the perspective of an outsider.
The Book club will meet on February 21st 12pm to 1pm at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library. All patrons are welcome to attend and bring a brown-bagged lunch of their choice. Deserts will be provided but patrons are also welcome to bring something with them if they would like. The next book for the month of April will be voted on towards the end of the book club meeting.  All suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated. We will see you there for an hour of good food, good literature, and good friends!

Valentine’s Day Movie
Join us at the Rez on February 14th for a special Valentine’s Day showing of the movie “Valentine’s Day”!!! Valentine’s Day tells the story of various people and how they spend the holiday of love whether it is with their loved ones or searching for that special someone who got away. Free popcorn will be provided while supplies last courtesy of the Popcorn Palace in Flowood. The movie will primer at 11 a.m. in the morning. We look forward to seeing you and your date there!

Lose Knitters Group
Are you a master knitter looking to share your knowledge of knitting with others? Are you new to the entire hobby of knitting and looking for more knowledgeable people to show you some pointers? Join our lose knitters every Tuesday of the month or a whole two hours of knitting and sewing. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own projects to work on.  This month the group will meet on the 5, 12, 19th and the 26th.  The group will meet from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. We hope to see you there.

Book Bubbles with Uno
Well, Uno is back from his New Year’s Eve Party! All the holidays have been great for Uno and his family. Like the rest of the library staff, he is back from his holidays of rest and relaxation and is ready to get back to helping the staff at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library serve the public and seeing the children as they come to visit the library.  While taking one of his bubble blowing breaks Uno and I got to talking about the holidays of the month of February and we realized that Valentine’s day was fast approaching.  Uno told me that his plans for Valentine’s day are to go out into the Reservoir to see his friends as they all go out to eat.  Uno wants to wish all his friends a happy Valentine’s Day and a happy Library Lover’s Month.

Parting Words

We hope that all our patrons have a happy Valentine’s Day filled with love! We want to thank all our supporters both here at home and abroad for their continued support using our books, computers, printing services, and various other services. We hope that you will continue to support all our libraries year-round as we bring better services to all our patrons through the Central Mississippi region and beyond!