Monday, December 17

December Closings and Holiday Material

CMRLS Libraries will be closed Saturday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. Libraries will open for regular business on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

So, be sure to check out the holiday videos & DVDs before the 22nd; and the holiday cookbooks; and the children's easy books to keep everyone occupied! Brandon Library even has jigsaw puzzles to check out! How about holiday music to play in the background? Let the library help make your celebration special.

Did you know...
The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver 20 billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. The busiest mailing day is set for Dec. 17, as more than three times the average daily volume of cards and letters should be mailed (more than 275 million versus 82 million). This and other interesting holiday facts can be found at the US Census website.

Monday, November 19

Libraries Close for Holidays

Florence, Lake, and D'Lo libraries are still closed!

Meanwhile, your CMRLS library card is valid in all public libraries in Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties. To find the nearest CMRLS library to you, click here. The staff is friendly and helpful in all the CMRLS libraries, and they understand you want "your library" to open soon. Renovations and repairs take time, so please be patient. Let the CMRLS staff help you find what you need.

The holidays are just around the corner! All CMRLS libraries will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, for Thanksgiving. Libraries will be open regular hours beginning Saturday, November 24.

Wednesday, October 17

Ann Graham and Brandon Library staff

Ann and Brandon Library staff
Ann and Brandon Library staff, originally uploaded by CMRLS Photos (click to see more pictures.)
Ann Graham (seated, second from left) and staff of the Brandon public Library pose for a picture on September 22, 2007, at Ann's retirement reception. Ann served CMRLS 20 years, first at Forest Public Library and then the Brandon Public Library, beginning in 1996.

Thank you, Ann, for all your hard work!

Thursday, October 11

National School Bus Safety Week

Oct. 21-27 is National School Bus Safety Week. Check out the website for statistics and a booklet of activities to help make everyone become aware of the need for School Bus Safety. This from the National Association for Pupil Transportation. Also, check out School Bus Info from the School Bus Information Council. Read the House resolution of the 109th Congress for National School Bus Safety Week, here. Find school bus stories for little ones, here.

Be Aware,
Cross with Care!
National School Bus Safety Week
Oct. 21-27, 2007

Wednesday, October 3

Teen Read Week - Oct. 14-20

"LOL @ your library" during Teen Read Week 2007

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, and educators. It is celebrated each year during the third week of October. Since 1998, Teen Read Week has encouraged teens to make time to read for the fun of it; use their local library to discover their interests; and get reading materials and participate in events at their school or public library.

Teen Read Week is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Associations (YALSA), the fastest grouwing division of the American Library Association. For 50 years YALSA has been the world leader in selecting reading, listening, and viewing for teens.

Check out these books and see the YALSA book lists!

Check out the programs @ your library!

Thursday, September 20

Did you know...

September is National Piano Month? It is also National Biscuit, Chicken, Honey, Mushroom, Rice and Wild Rice Month! There is a meal in there somewhere. Here is a webpage with recipes for chicken, mushrooms, and rice recipes; and click here for chicken and honey recipes!

It's Update Your Resume Month! The G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library will be holding a two-part program to help with this. Monday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m., participants will learn the basics of writing a winning resume; and will spend time drafting individual resumes. The programs last until 8:00 p.m. Registration is required. Call the library at 601-919-1911. This a free program.

Monday, September 17

New York Times Bestsellers @ your library

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
The Wheel of Darkness, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Bones to Ashes, by Kathy Reichs
The Elves of Cintra, by Terry Brooks
Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
Play Dirty, by Sandra Brown
The Quickie, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Songs without Words, by Ann Packer
Sweet Revenge, by Diane Mott Davidson
Lord John and theBrotherhood of the Blade, by Diana Gabaldon
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
Power Play, by Joseph Finder
The Secret Servent, by Daniel Silva
Force of Nature, by Suzanne Brockmann
The Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke
The Burnt House, by Faye Kellerman
High Noon, by Nora Roberts
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
Still Summer, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The View from Mount Joy, by Lorna Landvik
Lean Mean Thirteen, by janet Evanovich
Waking with Enemies, by Eric Jerome Dickey
The First Commandment, by Brad Thor
Malice, by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Monday, September 10

Patriot Day - September 11, 2007

These are just a few links to information concerning September 11, 2001. Your librarian can help you find even more resources for those writing papers or preparing homework assignments, or those just remembering that tragic day and the days that followed.

Celebrate September 11 as Patriot Day.

September 11 Terrorist Attacks - materials @ your library
September 11 Digital Archives - includes more than 150,000 digital items, with more than 15,000 digital images
September 11 Resources from
Resolution naming 9/11 as Patriot Day
Presidential Proclamation Recognizing the first Patriot Day

Thursday, September 6

National Grandparents Day

Don't forget National Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 9. Honor them on this day by acknowledging the wisdom and heritage they can or did provide. Take a minute to click through the official website and of course stop by your library for books on grandparenting, elder care, senior citizens, genealogy, and much more.

Friday, August 31

CMRLS Libraries to close Labor Day

All CMRLS Libraries will be closed
Monday, September 3, for
Labor Day.
The Libraries will open
regular hours beginning
Tuesday, September 4.
Have a safe and happy
Labor Day!

Thursday, August 30

Are you waiting to read The Quickie, by James Patterson?

The Quickie*, by James Patterson, is very much in demand at the moment.
The Quickie, James Patterson. Plotting revenge against her unfaithful husband, NYPD cop Lauren Stillwell inadvertently triggers a series of events that spiral dangerously out of control and is forced to take a secret job that threatens everything she stands for. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Co., 2007, 400 p.
If you are looking for something to read while you wait, try these great authors...

  • John Sanford
  • Greg Iles
  • Ridley Pearson
  • Jeffery Deaver

and these titles...

  • Harlan Coban - Tell No One
  • Douglas Kennedy - The Big Picture
  • Joseph Garber - Vertical Run
  • Dan Greenburg - The Exes
  • Matthew Hall - The Art of Breaking Glass
  • Tess Gerritsen - The Apprentice
  • Lisa Gardner - The Next Accident
  • Lee Child - The Hard Way

Look at NextReads for the Thrillers and Suspense book lists. Just sign up with your email address and we will email you a monthly list of titles just like these; or you can read the lists online!

Wednesday, August 29

A Day to Remember

It's been two years, today. A somber memory, with personal losses or our knowledge of someone else's loss. And, just like the question, "Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?" the question, "Where were you when Katrina hit?" will be repeated many times over our lifetime.

The papers and news segments today will consist of Hurricane Katrina, the devistation, and where we are today. If you would like to read through some of the reports, look at the pictures or read fiction based on that day, check out Hurricane Katrina from the CMRLS library shelves.

The libraries also have materials that may help with life changing events, depression, and healing. NextReads, the libraries' email book lists, has categories on "Spirituality & Religion" and "Mind & Body Fitness" that may help someone still going through traumatic times. Both of these lists, and all other categories, may also be read online. And, as always, if you can't find what you are looking for...ask a librarian!

Tuesday, August 28

Looking for a good book?

Are you looking for a good book? CMRLS will send you a NextReads email with at least 10 titles in the category you chose. Even if you don't want to receive a monthly email, you can to the NextReads site and view the current lists! Click here if you would like to see all the past lists!

NextReads is a GREAT service for adults, young adults, and kids. There is even a picture book list! Where else can you find ready-made lists of titles with a link to the CMRLS catalog so that you can go ahead and request the book while you are reading about it? Still can't find a book you want to read? Ask your library staff to suggest a title. Just tell the staff member what you have read that you liked and what you have read that you didn't like. We will find your next favorite book for you!

Remember, if you can't find a good book, ask your library staff for help or visit NextReads.

Friday, July 27

Time for School!

Your Library has a great tool to add to your school supply list, a FREE library card. Anyone living, working, or attending school in Rankin, Scott, Simpson, or Smith counties is eligible for a card. A library card can benefit the youngest student just starting, the high school senior planning her future, or the life-long learner as he seeks career changes. And, not only can you find this in your library, but the library's website has many resources you may use at home or the office.

MAGNOLIA - Full text databases; magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference materials. There are search engines geared to age levels to make homework help easy. Searchasaurus for the elementary student; Kids Search for the middle school student; and Student Research Center for high school student. Each database can be searched alone for the researcher with specific interest, such as the Consumer Health Complete or the Business Interface. Ask at your library for the MAGNOLIA access code.

Auto Repair Reference Center - 26,000 Domestic and Imported vehicles from 1945 to present, 70,000 technical service bulletins & recalls, wiring diagrams, factory drawings, step-by-step photos, specifications & maintenance schedules, and MORE!- Contact your Library for the access code.

Electronic Reference Books - Full text reference books (with pictures) on history, biographies, literature, countries, animals, and science for middle and high school students. Contact your Library for the access code.

Heritage Quest - Genealogy databases. Enter your Library Card barcode to access this database.

Learn-A-Test - Practice for ACT, SAT, GED, and so much more. This now includes self-paced computer tutorials; learn to master Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more! Contact your Library to create an account.

Rosie's Web/Online Catalog - This is the libraries' online catalog. You may search for audio, video, and books; make requests and have your items delivered to your local library for pick-up, and check your patron any time of the day, from any computer!

Quick Reference - This is a collection of hand-picked reference websites, sorted by subject, to help with quick answers. It's a great "first stop" for homework help, general questions, and even NEWS.

Web Resource Library - This is even a bigger collection of hand-picked websites, sorted in Dewey Decimal order, just like the library book shelves. Find reputable websites for most any subject you are interested in.

Online Book Clubs - Want help finding something good to read? Have a chapter a day sent to your email address. Read the selection through the week and if you want to finish reading the book, just check with your library.

NextReads - Still want help finding something good to read? Have a list of books sent to your email address on subjects or genres that you like to read. Each entry contains a picture of the front cover (sometimes you really can tell alot about a book by it's cover!), a short blurb about the book and a link to Rosie's Web so you can request the book be sent to your library for pick-up. All from your email!

Early Email Notification - Another GREAT email service...tell the staff at your library that you want to register your email address for Early Email Notification. That's all it takes! We will send you an email three days before your library items are due. You can even have your child's items emailed to your email address!

CMRLS Tool Bar - Download this to have library links placed right on your browser page. It's a direct link to Rosie's Web/Online Catalog, Quick Reference, news, and weather! Your information is not stored anywhere and there is no SPAM sent to your email address.

Email Reference - If you can't get to the library for homework help or help with a question, email us! There is a short form to fill out, and Monday-Thursday, 10-8, Friday 10-5, and Saturday, 10-4 we will help you with your questions.

It's time for school, do you have your library card?

Wednesday, June 27

Thank You Rouse Elementary Venture Students!

SRP 2007 BANNER-7,
originally uploaded by CMRLS Photos.
For the last couple of years the 2nd grade Venture class of Rouse Elementary School in Brandon has helped the 21 CMRLS libraries decorate for Summer Reading. Please take a look at these great kids and their hard work. Thank you, students! Teacher: Janet Paczak(also a member of the CMRLS Puppet Team.)

Summer FUN!

Summer Reading 2007 is up and running! Check out the pictures of the fun on the libraries' Flickr pages, the programs remaining, and ALL the cool websites, book lists, and pictures to color. Continue to fun ALL summer, READ!

Monday, June 25

July is around the corner!

All CMRLS libraries will be closed
Wednesday, July 4,
and will re-open for
regular business hours on July 5.
Happy 4th of July!
With that said, there are alot of things to celebrate during the month of July! It's Family Reunion Month, National Baked Bean, Blueberries, Grilling, Horseradish, and Hot Dog Month, also! It sounds an awful lot like a picnic, doesn't it? Here are 6 great recipe books for just that!
If you have children home for the summer, you've probably heard, "I'm bored," at least once. Help pass the month of July (also Anti-Boredom Month) with crafts, reading, or outdoor games.
And, there are at least 2 more Summer Reading Programs at your local library. You'll want to check out the CMRLS calendar for dates, times, and locations.
Don't forget about the Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) when you are planning a car trip. Give your car that needed check up and have a safe trip. Have your library card in hand and give your library a call. They will be glad to answer your questions and give you the code to access this valuable resource.
Have a safe and HAPPY 4th of July!

Monday, May 28

Happy Memorial Day!

Whether you are one of the "greatest generation" or your contemporaries are fighting in Iraq, Memorial Day is a time to honor those that have and do "protect and serve;" giving us the America we enjoy today.

From there is information from Barbecue Food Safety to Patriotic Melodies. You'll also find Recipes and the Origins of Memorial Day. and are also great sites, even finding past Memorial Day speeches.

Happy Memorial Day from CMRLS!

Tuesday, May 15

May is...Older Americans Month

From the U.S. Census:
36.3 million - The number of seniors who were age 65 and older in the U.S. on July 1, 2004.
5 million - Number of seniors age 65 and older who have jobs.
4.9 million - The number of seniors in the U.S. who were 85 and older on July 1, 2004.
67,473 - The estimated number of centenarians (people age 100 or older) in the U.S. on Nov. 1, 2005.
72 - The number of men age 65 and older for ever 100 women in the same age group.

45 - The number of men age 85 and over per 100 women in the same age group.
40 percent - Percentage of seniors 65 and older who have a computer at home.
25 percent - Percentage of seniors 65 and older who use the Internet.

Whether you are on the brink of being a senior yourself, or caring for your aged parents; there are many titles @ your library to help you. Here are just a few.

The art of aging: A doctor's prescription for well-being, by Sherwin B. Nuland
The truth about abuse, by John Haley
Remodeling for easy access living, by Rick Peters
Healthy aging: A lifelong guide to your physical and spiritual well-being, by Andrew Weil
How to live to be 100--or more: The ultimate diet, sex, and excercise book, by George Burns
Eldercare 911, by Susan Beerman & Judith Rappaport-Musson
Elder care: What to look for, what to look out for, by Thomas M. Cassidy
Visits: Caring for an aging parent, by Lee Ann Chearny
The older the fiddle, the better the tune: The joys of reaching a certain age, by Willard Scott
The American Geriatrics Society's complete guide to aging and health, by Mark E. Williams
Computers for seniors (DVD)
Intermediate computers for seniors (DVD)

Thursday, May 10

Top 25 Titles in Libraries Across the Nation

According to OCLC* (Online Computer Library Center) in 2005 the top 25 titles found in libraries across the nation are:
  1. Bible
  2. U.S. Census
  3. Mother Goose
  4. Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  5. Odyssey, Homer
  6. Iliad, Homer
  7. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  8. Lord of the Rings (trilogy), J.R.R.Tolkien
  9. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  11. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
  12. Beowulf
  13. Koran
  14. Night before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore
  15. Garfield, Jim Davis
  16. Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  17. Aesop's Fables
  18. Arabian Nights
  19. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  20. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
  21. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  22. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  23. Bhagavadgita
  24. Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  25. Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

Would these be in your top 25? Can you believe Garfield is #15? All of these can be found in a CMRLS library near you!

*Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 57,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

Friday, April 27

Libraries CLOSED

All CMRLS libraries will be closed
Monday, April 30
for the
state holiday.
Branches will open regular hours
Tuesday, May 1.
Material may renewed,
accounts may be checked
by calling TeleCirc
or by visiting the

Friday, April 6

Drop Everything And Read!

April 12th is D.E.A.R. Day! Drop Everything And Read Day! It is also the birthday of Beverly Cleary, the author that has given us Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and The Mouse and the Motorcycle (and so many more, those are just my favorites.)

So, on April 12th, celebrate D.E.A.R. Day; and, if you can't find anything you want to read stop by the library and ask the Librarian for help!

Wednesday, April 4

Get Ready for Summer Reading!

Get ready for summer FUN!
Watch for registration
for a summer
@ your library!

Artwork by Mark Teague

Wednesday, February 28

Election Information

Do you know all you would like to know about the Presidential candidates? State politics? Do you feel like you could make an informed decision today? Follow these links to information regarding parties, candidates, legislation, and more.

Internet Public Library - election information links
The Presidential Field by the Washington Post
Election Guide - world-wide information
Magnolia Report - Mississippi politics

Thursday, February 22

Once Upon a Time Day

Saturday, February 24, is Once Upon a Time Day! Celebrate this day, commemorating The Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm) and their stories, by checking out the many books and videos/DVDs available @ your library. Whether it is a true rendition of one of the Grimm fables or a modern version showcasing Barbie as the princess, your bound to have lots of fun family time.

Homeschoolers Circle

Do you homeschool in the Scott County area? Visit the Morton Public Library for Homeschoolers Circle! Programs scheduled are Science is Fun - Feb. 27 & Mar. 27; Newspapers in Education - Mar. 6; and Let's Make a Kite on Mar. 19. These programs start at 10:30 a.m. and are packed with fun. For more information, call Morton Public Library at 732-6288.

Tuesday, February 13

Libraries Closed

will close
Monday, February 19
President's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Check-out the numbers about LOVE and Valentine's Day...
25.7 pounds - Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2005.
34 - Number of single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) age 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same ages.
2.2 million - The number of marriages that take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.
Find more information just like this at the U.S. Census Bureau.

And, from the Librarian's Internet Index...
History of Valentine's Day
Making Valentines - shows the evolution of the Valentine's Day card
Valentine's Day: Love and Romance throught the Ages
Simple Pop-up Cards to Make
I Love You in Many Languages
Lace Paper Valentines
Everything Valentines

And, remember YOUR heart...
American Heart Association
Prevent Heart Disease from MedlinePLUS
Heart Health from WebMD
All about the Heart from Kids Health

Happy Valentine's Day from CMRLS!

Thursday, January 18

January's Most Requested Items

These are the most requested items during the month of January at CMRLS branches. Check the catalog, Rosie's Web, to add your name to the request list for any of these titles.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead mans chest
Friday night lights
Garfield, the movie
Drums along the Mohawk
Fantastic 4
I can do bad all by myself
In her shoes
Madeas family reunion
O brother where art thou
Sisterhood of the traveling pants
Superman returns
Thicker than water
World Trade Center

Dream, by Barack Obama
Child called it, by David J. Pelzer
Cheats and charlatans, by John Stossel
Iwo Jima, by Jack Lucas
Lessons in becoming myself, by Ellen Burstyn
Never die easy, by Walter Payton
Roughstock: the mud, the blood, and the beer, by Ty Murray

Adult Fiction
Cross, by James Patterson
The cat who had 60 whiskers, by Lilian Jackson Braun
Coming out, by Danielle Steel
Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks
Definitely dead, by Charlaine Harris
Ever after, by Karen Kingsbury
Exile, a novel, by Richard North Patterson
For one more day, by Mitch Albom
Hunters: A presidential agent novel, by W. E. B. Griffin
Love is never painless: Three novellas, by Eileen M. Honhson
Motor mouth, by Janet Evanovich
Plum lovin, by Janet Evanovich
At risk, by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
Bishops daughter, by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Quilters daughter, by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Brother Odd, by Dean R. Koontz
Odd Thomas, by Dean R. Koontz
Ravenscar dynasty, by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Santa cruise: A holiday mystery at sea, by Carol Higgins Clark
Seasons: A novel, by Bonnie Hopkins
Shadow dance: A novel, by Julie Garwood
Shape shifter, by Tony Hillerman
Short straw, by Stuart Woods
Stalemate, by Iris Johansen
Thirteen moons: A novel, by Charles Frazier
Time to embrace, by Karen Kingsbury
True evil, by Greg Iles
Water for elephants: A novel, by Sara Gruen
When somebody loves you back, Mary B. Morrison
Wild fire, by Nelson DeMille
6 Rainier Drive, by Debbie Macomber
Drop dead gorgeous, by Linda Howard
Promise for Ellie, by Lauraine Snelling

Adult Nonfiction
For survival and faith in the ashes of 9/11, by Leslie D. Haskin
Collected, by Corrie Ten Boom
Closer walk: A spiritual lifeline to God, by Catherine Marshall
Creating Web pages for dummies, by Arthur Bebak
Culture warrior, by Bill O'Reilly
Edgar Allan Pe, by Edgar Allan Poe
Financial peace, by Dave Ramsey
Named Lava, by Jay Kopelman
Hand to guide me, by Daniel Paisner
Illustrated Star Wars univers, by Ralph McQuarrie
Innocent Man, by John Grisham
Inside my heart: Choosing to live with passion and purpose, by Robin McGraw
Insight case files from the psychic world, by Sylvia Browne
Manning, by Archie Manning
Pain: The gift nobody wants, by Paul W. Brand
Parents guide to Down syndrome toward a brighter future, by Siegfried M. Pueschel
Sylvia Brownes book of angels, by Sylvia Brone
Tipping point: How little things can make a big difference, by Mlcolm Gladwell
Spaces way, by Trading Spaces Television program
Way of the peaceful warrior: A book that changes lives, by Dan Millman
You on a diet: The owners manual, by Mehmet Oz
Your best life now 7 steps to living at your full potential, by Joel Osteen

Young Adult Fiction
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini
Eragon, by Chrisopher Paolini
Harry Potter and the half blood prince, by J. K. Rowling
Juvenile Fiction
Junie B. Jones has a monster under her bed, by Denise Brunkus
Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill

Juvenile Nonfiction
Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast disaster survival, by Mara Miller
Witchcraft of Salem village, by Shirley Jackson

Wednesday, January 10

New Services @ your library!

CMRLS is offering two new services!

NextReads is an email readers' advisory service with over 20 topics and genres, fiction and nonfiction, from which to choose. These can be read online or delivered to your email address, FREE of charge. You'll see the book cover, read a short synopsis of the book, and click the link to the CMRLS catalog to request the book. We'll even give you "read-alike" authors! Do you like John Grisham, or Faye Kellerman? Let us tell you who writes in the same genre. Teen Scene is available now, and a Kid's List is comig soon! Try it today.

Auto Repair Reference Center contains 26,000 Domestic and Imported vehicles from 1945 to present, 70,000 technical service bulletins & recalls, wiring diagrams, factory drawings, step-by-step photos, specifications & maintenance schedules, and MORE! If you are interested in keeping your car in the best shape possible, this is the resource for you. Contact your library for the "library code" to gain access to this valuable database.

D'Lo Public Library Closed

D'Lo Public Library is closed until further notice. The position of Branch Manager for the D'Lo Library is vacant; click here for more information. The Mendenhall Public Library is open Monday 10-7, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-5:30, Wednesday & Friday 9-5, & Saturday 9-12 for your convenience.