Friday, December 18

Library Closings

All CMRLS Libraries will close
by 6:00 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 23 and
all day Thurs., Dec. 24,
Fri., Dec. 25, and Sat., Dec. 26,
for the Christmas Holiday!
The Libraries will also close
all day Thurs., Dec. 31 & Fri., Jan. 1,
for the New Year's Holiday.
Libraries will close all day Mon., Jan. 19
for the celebrated birthdays of
Martin luther King, Jr. & Robert E. Lee.
The CMRLS staff wishes you a
happy and safe holiday season!

Wednesday, December 9

Holiday Stress Help from MAGNOLIA

Reducing holiday stress is the topic in Health Highlight found on MAGNOLIA's Consumer Health Complete database this month. The link goes to an article entitled Holiday Stress Can be Navigated, written by Robert Preidt for HealthDay Consumer News Service. You can find more articles like this in the Consumer Health Complete database search found HERE.

MAGNOLIA is the Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities through Library Information Access and contains magazines, journals, newspapers, and books on many subjects. These subjects include medicine, health and alternative health, the sciences, literature and language, history and politics, the arts and social sciences, encyclopedias and dictionaries, biographies, photos, maps, videos and more (whew); a virtual library. The main link to MAGNOLIA can be found on the CMRLS home page.

MAGNOLIA is a statewide consortium funded by the Mississippi Legislature which provides online research databases for publicly funded K-12 schools, public libraries, community college libraries, and university libraries in Mississippi. MAGNOLIA began in 1997 as one of the first such endeavors in the country and continues to be funded by the Mississippi Legislature for free use by all Mississippians.

Contact your library if you have trouble accessing these links or would like more information on this database and others found in MAGNOLIA.

Monday, November 2

Great Titles @ your library!

Are you waiting for any of these?
These are just a few of the great new titles that will be coming to your library. Contact your library staff or go directly to the online catalog and get on the waiting list! You just need your Library card and your PIN (number).

If you want something to read while you are waiting, ask the library staff for something along the lines of your favorite book or someone who writes like your favorite author...OR you could wander around NoveList and find something all together new! Your library staff can help you maneuver through NoveList and the online catalog to help you find your next favorite book or author!

Ask the staff about NoveList, NextReads, the Online Book Clubs, and Next Good Book; all tools to help you find "something good to read!"

Friday, October 16

Ten Reasons to Visit a Library this Weekend!

10. Check out a DVD or VCR movie FREE for the kids (it's going to be raining)!
9. Pick up a book on CD, or tape, and listen to it while you drive home, again FREE.
8. Check out a CD of "Oldie Goldies", (FREE) whether that's the 90's for you, or the 40's!
7. Check out one of the newest Vampire novels, and learn why they're SO popular, and FREE!
6. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi (or SyFy) novel for FREE.
5. Sign up for Early Email Notification and let us remind you 3 days before books are due, again FREE!
4. Check out a video game for your PS 2 or 3, Nintendo DS or Wii, yep...FREE!
3. Learn to pinch a penny for FREE!
2. Find a new FREE recipe for chicken!
1. Talk to your librarian, anytime, for FREE.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 2

FRIENDS' Support Libraries!

While you are out and about on one of these pretty fall weekends, stop at one of these Libraries to look at the books, videos, magazines, and more for sale and to support the Friends of the Library!
Oct. 16 & 17 - Brandon Public Library
Oct. 31 - Sebastopol Public Library (@ Sebastopolooza)
Nov. 14 - Puckett Public Library
The money raised by these FRIENDS' groups will go to support programming or even to purchase books at their Libraries. Any one of these groups would be glad for you to join them for a small annual membership fee and all the money goes back into the Library!
Many of the CMRLS Libraries have on-going FRIENDS' Book Sales. Call your local Library to see if they have one, and "be more than a patron, be a FRIEND." Support your Library!

Tuesday, July 28

Back to School!

It's that time...we are thinking about school supplies and clothes and uniforms. Remember that a Library Card is the BEST TOOL for SCHOOL that you can get for the money! It's FREE! Check out the after school programs, craft projects, book clubs, Internet, etc. The Library can be used more that just when you have a book report! Ask staff for help with research, homework help, and even helping you find a good book to read.

Here's hoping you have a very successful school year and that we can be of help!

Monday, June 1

Summer Reading 2009!

Be Creative!

Try this trial database
from EBSCO for the
next 30 days,
it's very creative!
Watch the CMRLS blogs all summer
for new and creative website finds!

Feel free to leave your comments concerning
this resource.

Tuesday, May 19

Forest Library is OPEN!

Forest Public Library opened Monday, May 18 at the temporary location; and the patrons were ready! Having spoken to the staff yesterday, everyone seemed excited! The temporary address is 415 East Third Street. The hours of operation, telephone and FAX numbers are the same.

Watch this blog and the CMRLS website for updates and pictures of the progress of the NEW Forest Library.

Friday, May 1

Flu Season?

Here is a collection of links for information concerning the Swine Flu, Pandemic Flu, and how you can stay healthy! - Official Health and Human Services site: A One-stop Access to U.S. Government Swine, Avian, and Pandemic Flu Information
Center for Disease Control (CDC): H1N1 Flu
World Health Organization (WHO): Swine Flu
WHO: Swine Flu Information in Spanish
MedlinePlus-National Library of Medicine: Swine Flu
American Red Cross: Preparing for a Potential Flu Pandemic
Medicare and Flu Information (link found here for Spanish also)
What is the Government Doing Now to Prepare for a Pandemic Flu Outbreak?
CDC: Recommendation for When to Close Schools
Flu History: The Great Pandemic of 1918, from

Also, use these link to find blog entries* through Google from across the web regarding Pandemic Flu; and through or Yahoo! regarding swine flu.

If more information is needed, ask your librarian for help.
Librarians, the original search engines!

*Blog entries may be by news agencies, health organizations, or individuals just offering insights. Although this may be almost real-time information shared about different areas of the U.S. or the world, further research through trustworthy resources may be warranted.

Thursday, April 16

A GREAT Statement for today!

National Library Week 2009 is almost at its close!

Worlds Connect @ your library, is a theme we can look at so many different ways. A world of people can obviously 'connect' @ your library, but better yet, the Peoples of the world can 'connect'. Anyone can go into the library and learn about any Peoples; their beliefs, their struggles, their accomplishents! Too deep? Maybe, but very true!

I found this quote attributed to Lady Bird Johnson in an email I received today. "Perhaps NO place in ANY community is so Totally democratic as the town Library. The only entrance requirement is Interest."

The couple of minutes that I spent Googling this quote did not give me the reason, date, or location of this statement by our late First Lady; and the quote sent to me was not emboldened or italicized as you see it quoted here. I just let my knowledge, however limited, of the First Lady's Southern drawl and my interpretation of the quote give it the emphasis I feel she must have meant! Forgive me, but I can see and hear it very clearly in the archived video that plays in my head. I'm sure that she most probably was speaking to a group standing in a garden outside a new building, maybe even a new library, and wearing a pastel outfit with a white handbag in the crook of her elbow, pine trees in the background...oh, sorry, probably too much information!

It is a great quote, and is really fitting for today when everyone thinks the word democratic can only be spelled with a "capitol D". It must have sounded grand in that drawl!

Thursday, April 9

What's happening @ Forest Library?

Forest Library will be CLOSED beginning April 20 for move to a temporary location. Watch the Forest Library website and this blog for information regarding opening and availability. Watch this blog for pictures of the progress, also!

What's happening @ your Forest Library? A temporary location has been chosen. The boxes will be packed; the temporary location will be prepped; the boxes will be unloaded and the books put on the shelves. The temporary location will open and construction on the new library will begin soon!

To check out the closest CMRLS libraries, visit Morton Library, Lake Library, Pelahatchie Library, or Brandon Library for needed library resources. However, your CMRLS library card is good in all four counties, 20 libraries - Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties. Take a look at all CMRLS libraries, you may want to visit others!

Have a little patience, the Forest Library will be up and running very soon! We hope the excitement of watching the construction of the NEW LIBRARY will help everyone understand this temporary inconvenience.

Friday, April 3

National Library Week!

National Library Week is April 12-18! Stop by your local library or visit the online calendar to see about the FUN programming during this special week in the library community!

A history of National Library Week from In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.” In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

National Library Week is observed each year in April, generally the second full week.

This years' theme is World's Connect @ your library! Visit a library near you and make a connection; whether its information needed for a job search, a new meat loaf recipe, or the newest suspense thriller to read on a warm spring day, there is something for everyone @ your library!

Tuesday, February 17

Look at Next Good Book!

Next Good Book is found on the CMRLS website and can be used with or without signing up for an account. You will find new book lists on the CMRLS Bookshelves for "Living on a Shoestring", "Resumes and Interviews", and "Looking for a Job or Career". These CMRLS Bookshelves contain lists of books found in your libraries. You can search for books by subject or check out the New York Times Bestseller lists or dozens of different awards lists. Click on "Catalog" in any of the lists and request that book be sent to your library. If CMRLS doesn't have the book, speak to your library staff about requesting the book through I-L-L.

By signing up for a FREE account with Next Good Book you can comment on books you've read, read comments by others, and even keep a list of books you've read or want to read (and decide if you want to share your list with friends). If you need help setting up an account, just ask your library staff! Happy reading!

Thursday, January 8

Job Opportunities @ CMRLS

Check out the new job listings at CMRLS libraries here. Libraries are GREAT places to work and CMRLS is the best -- with the nicest patrons and the friendliest staff!