Wednesday, December 12

Craft night @ Pearl

It was a cold, dark night. The weather had suddenly dropped, forcing some people to stay in their homes. But not Annie, Paula, Shelly or Totsy. Oh no, they had visions of button wreath ornaments dancing in their heads! Here's what they looked like:
They were fairly easy to make, once we got the hang of it. They were made out of some adorable Christmas buttons, floral wire, and ribbon. If you like crafts, you can come by each 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Monday, December 10

Simply Crafts @ Pearl

Keeping with the Christmas spirit, we've decided to make a button wreath ornament for craft night this Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Pearl Library starting @ 6 p.m. The ornament will look very similar to the picture shown below:
This program is free to the public with all materials provided. Come hang out and make something with us... and bring a friend if you like! Everyone is welcome. See you soon!

Friday, November 30

Holiday Mail for Heroes Has Ended

The Flowood Library would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's "Holiday Mail for Heroes."  You contributed a total of 117 cards that will be sent to our service men and women!

Please remember that we are still collecting for "Toys for Tots."  We have extended the deadline due to the overwhelming support.  The last day to drop off items will be Friday, December 7th. 

Thursday, November 29

Pearl Chapter 1 Book Club Honors Award Winning Author

Chapter 1 and the Friends of the Pearl Library are jointly honoring the Mississippi Poetry Society's 2012 Poet of the Year, Pearl's own Pat Jordan.  Pat and others will be reading from her new book The Tender Gift.  Everyone is invited to attend this tribute to Pat who battled cancer while writing this collection.  Her fight is ongoing which makes this event extra special to all who know her indomitable spirit.

The tribute and poetry readings will be followed by  reception and an opportunity to purchase The Tender Gift at only $10 each.

Tuesday, November 20

Autumn Book Harvest Winners

This fall, the Pearl Library ran an Autumn Book Harvest contest in which any adult patron who checked out at least three items from our adult fiction or adult nonfiction collections could enter to win one of two $50 gift cards to Kroger.

We're happy to announce that Amanda Greear and Melanie Theall are our two winners! We are so happy to have these ladies and their families as Pearl Library patrons, and we hope that they enjoy their gift cards just as much as they enjoyed checking items out from our collection. We also want to thank the Friends of the Pearl Library for making this contest possible.

Amanda Greear and her gift card!

Melanie Theall and her gift card (and adorable children)!

Craft night @ Pearl 11.13.12

It's amazing what you with Mod-Podge! We decoupaged some really pretty tissue paper to some taper candles for this month's craft night. Of course, they are for decorative purposes only. Although, the Mod-Podge label states that the glue is not flammable... If we get any reports of our crafters' houses on fire due to lighting these particular candles, we'll update you! We had lots of paper to choose from, and some new guests showed up! If you like doing crafts and enjoy great company, come by the Pearl Library every 2nd Tuesday. We'll see you soon!

Wednesday, November 14

Toys for Tots


The Flowood Library is an official drop off zone for Toys for Tots this year.  You can drop off your new, unopened toys at the Flowood Library throughout the month of November.  All toys will be distributed to needy children residing within the state of Mississippi. Please help place a smile on a child's face this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 13

Pearl Library's Brown Bag Luncheon, November 16th!

Join the Pearl Library this Friday, November 16th, for the monthly Brown Bag Luncheon! Judy Sikes, the ADA Coordinator of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities will be giving a demonstration on disaster preparedness. In the wake of such national tragedies as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, all of us need to learn how to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

This month's Brown Bag is a week early because of the Thanksgiving holidays, but it will be at 12:00 p.m., as always. And, as always, you should bring a sack lunch with you, and the Friends of the Pearl Library will provide drinks and a light dessert.

This program will last between an hour and an hour and a half. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 8

Flowood Donations . . . Thank You!

     The G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library in Flowood, MS would like to thank all of the patrons who donate items to the Flowood Library.  Your generous donations help to support the library in these troubled economic times.  Most people are anonymous donors, so we never get the opportunity to thank them personally. 

One of our most recent donations contained nearly 60 brand new copies of Writers and Their Works.  We don't know who donated the books, but we are very happy to have them.  They are going to make a perfect addition to our collection. 
     Again, the Flowood Library would like to say "THANK YOU" for your incredible generosity.

Tuesday, November 6

CMRLS Libraries Offer eBooks

Central Mississippi Regional Library System announces the newest service available to Library cardholders. Your Libraries are now offering eBooks for download to the Blio Reader app for Kindle Fire, iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android phones and tablets; or the ePub and pdf formats for Nook, Color Nook, Sony, or Kobo eReaders.
            The terminology and technology may be new to you; but eBooks are just one more format that books and information may be delivered to CMRLS Library cardholders. The eBooks are checked out and downloaded to your eReader any time of the day or night, and anywhere you have a WiFi connection. You have the book for seven days. And, there is never a late fee or charge for damages because the eBooks are returned to the Library without you leaving the comfort of your home or making time in your busy day to visit the Library!
            Patrons who have waited patiently for this service may have already begun searching for eBooks to read. A link on the CMRLS website takes you directly to the “Magic Wall,” where you can view the eBooks and read summaries; read reviews or write your own. A link on the Magic Wall takes you directly to Blio, a free app to be downloaded once…and that’s it! The most popular eBooks in the collection are shown on the Magic Wall when it opens, but there are ways to search for eBooks – by age group, subject, or title. If the title you are looking for is unavailable, you may place a hold so that you are the next in line, just like a print book. You can create a Wish List for titles you may wish to read later.
There is a HELP button on the Magic Wall and links to further help on the CMRLS website. Watch the CMRLS calendar and your local newspaper for announcements of classes for help with checking out eBooks on your eReader.
CMRLS is also launching a free Library app this week! BookMyne, a very useful application that allows you to search the CMRLS Library catalog, access your Library account; view Library contact information, business hours, and directions to the Library using Google Maps. Install this app on your phone and you can call or email your home Library with one click. This app will search for the nearest Library within 10-300 miles using your location, very handy if looking for a free WiFi connection while traveling.
“Suggested Reading” is a wonderful tool within the BookMyne app. Powered by the popular website Goodreads, this lists award winning titles and popular titles to search for in the CMRLS Library catalog. If the title is not in the catalog, ask Library staff for options.
Further information may be found on the CMRLS website, CMRLS serves the public libraries of Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith Counties.

Special Senior Friday Flick

We have a special Senior Friday Flick at the Pearl Library this Friday, November 9th!

Senior adults who arrive at the Pearl Library will be treated to a tour of the library and a free chili and cornbread lunch from Western Sizzlin. The Friends of the Pearl Library are hosting this in order to welcome all senior adults to the library, show them the library's services, and entertain them (as always!).

The tour of the library starts at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will begin at 12, and our viewing of Snow White & the Huntsman (PG-13, Universal Pictures, 2012, 127 minutes showtime) will begin at 1:00 p.m. This event will take place in the Pearl Library meeting room.

Interested senior adults do not need a reservation to attend this program. We hope to see you on Friday!

Autumn Book Harvest

     It's the time for giving, and this Thanksgiving season, the Pearl Library wants to give a little something away to the adult patrons who use our library. We're having an Autumn Book Harvest, in which any adult patron who checks out at least three items from our adult fiction and adult nonfiction collections can enter to win one of two $50 gift cards to Kroger.
     We’ll be doing the drawing on Monday, November 19th, just in time for Thanksgiving! There is no limit to how many times you can enter, so please come browse our adult fiction and nonfiction collection, take home something interesting, and enter to win!
*We'd like to thank the Friends of the Pearl Library for providing funding for this program.

Monday, November 5

Holiday Mail for Heroes

It's that time of year again!  The Flowood Library will be accepting cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes! 

     Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.
-from the American Red Cross Website

Tuesday, October 30

Chapter 1 Book Club

Have you ever wanted to join a book club?  Now is a good time to try one out!  Join us on Thursday, November 8, from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Pearl Public Library.   Call 932-2562 to check on availability of copies and to get directions.
You don't have to live in Pearl to attend.  No matter where you live we would love to have you join us.

Monday, October 22

Fall Family FUN Fest... Florence

Wear your non-scary costume and come prepared for CANDY!

Come one, come all to the Fall Family FUN Fest! 
We will have a Bean Bag Toss, candy, Bowling, candy,
Little Debbie Walks, candy, the D.A.R.E. Car, candy, and much more!
Oh, and did I mention that you can win CANDY at the games?
You and your adults may wear your non-scary costumes 
or even come as yourself.
We hope to see you here!
Fall Family FUN Fest
Thursday, October 25th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Florence Public Library  

Taste of Tuscany - Florence

Taste of Tuscany
November 1, 2012
11:00 am -12:00am
This is a free cooking demonstration with Mrs. Fran Thomas who recently traveled to Tuscany, Italy where she took cooking classes. Mrs. Thomas will be preparing an entree’ and dessert along with Mrs. Dee Payne and Ms. Tammy Moudy. Mrs. Thomas will also tell about her travels to the region.

For More information contact the staff at the Florence Public Library
Florence Public Library
115 West Main Street
Florence, MS 39073
Phone: 601-845-6032

M & Th 9:30-7:00
Tu & W 9:30-5:00
F 1:00-5:00
Sa 9:00-12:30

Pearl Library's October Brown Bag: Medicare Help!

 Please join the Pearl Library this Friday, October 26th, at 12:00 p.m. for our monthly Brown Bag Luncheon. Humana representative Josh Errington will be here to discuss Medicare with you. He can answer any questions you might have and let you know about upcoming changes to the system.

 We hope you'll join us! Bring a sack lunch with you. The Friends of the library will provide a dessert, some drinks, and coffee. We'll be waiting for you in the meeting room! And don't forget, we always give away a few door prizes. See you Friday!

Monday, October 8

September Football Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Jasmin, the winner of the Pearl Public Library September football challenge! Jasmin won a fun tailgating package full of snacks and drinks, and all she had to do was fill out her name and tell the reference staff which football team she likes.

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates about ongoing programs at the Pearl Library. We hope to see you soon!

Saturday, October 6

Chapter One Book Club @ Pearl

For this month's Chapter One Book Club, the theme is SCARY books. Anything that puts a CHILL down your spine or makes the hairs on your neck stand up will work! The book club begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. There will be snacks, door prizes, and great company.
This program is free to the public. We'll see you soon!

Wednesday, October 3

Simply Crafts @ Pearl

Trick or Treat!
Treat yourself to a Halloween-themed Simply Crafts night this Tuesday, October 9 @ the Pearl Public Library. We will be making a lantern of your choice: cute, Halloween-y or a silly mummy similar to the ones pictured above. These lanterns are really nice when they're lit. They're made out of mason jars, assorted tissue, and Mod-Podge. The fun starts @ 6 p.m. and free to the public with all materials provided. Come out and make something with us!

Thursday, September 27

September Brown Bag Lunch in Pearl

     Join us at the Pearl Library this Friday at 12:00 for our Brown Bag Luncheon. Anne Martin from WXVT in Greenville, MS will join us and will be telling stories about growing up in the Delta.
     Anne is the Assistant News Director, and she also anchors and produces the Delta Daybreak each day at 5:30 a.m. We're so excited to have her here with us, and we hope you'll come out and join us!
     The program runs from 12:00-1:00 p.m. You're encouraged to bring your own lunch, and you can also enjoy some of the light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Pearl Library.

Friday, September 21

Fluff n' Fudge Book Club @ Brandon

We had a killer (pun intended) time at this week's Fluff n' Fudge Book Club as we discussed The Legs Murder Scandal by Hunter Cole. This chilling account resurrects the story of Ouida Keeton, a.k.a. "Mississippi's Lizzie Borden". The story that rocked 1935 Laurel, MS has been largely forgotten. If you missed it, click here to request a copy!

Now as for the fudge, it was simply to die for (again, pun intended). Here is the recipe for Killer Crack Peanut Butter Fudge. Enjoy!

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup JIF peanut butter
1 7oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar, butter, and evaporated milk in a heavy 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat. Add the peanut butter, stirring until melted. Add marshmallow creme and vanilla; beat until well blended.
Spread in a buttered 9x13x2 inch pan. Cool at room temperature, then refrigerate. Cut into squares when firm.

Be sure to join us next time, October 17th @ 10:30, as we read The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark. You can get a leg up by requesting it here. As for the fudge, like the book, it's a mystery. Join us to find out!

Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 19

Pearl Library Closed for Building Maintenance

The Pearl Library will be closed to the public
due to building maintenance:
September 20-22, 2012.
You may use the book drop or audiovisual drop to return items. 
Please feel free to use our neighboring Rankin County Libraries. 
You can renew your books or materials online (click on “online catalog”)
or call 601-825-5450. 
You will need your library card number and pin number. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Library will open Monday, September 24, 9:00 a.m.

Monday, September 17

Book Discussion

Tuesday, September 18th at 5:30:

Jo S Baggett, author of "Miracles and Blessing Only Come to Those Who Notice Them" will be discussing her book at the Flowood Library. There will be a book signing to follow.

"This is an amazing story of the miracles and blessings bestowed upon one who has totally surrendered her life to Christ. In victory, tragedy, or simply living each day, Jo effectively illustrates through faith and intimacy with God how one can live in a supernatural presence of joy. This joy supersedes all earthly challenges and circumstances. As you will see, Jo’s faith is like a second kind of sight in which she sees Christ right beside her. Her story is wonderfully inspiring and encouraging. Her hope and prayer is for you to experience the marvelous miracles and blessings that God desires for you."-- Breck Tyler

Friday, September 14

Craft Night

We had a great time at craft night making our Fall wreaths! Word of advice: wrapping a wreath with yarn takes quite some time. But it's also therapeutic, and the end result is this lovely fall decoration (or accessory... they look good as a hat or a very large bangle). If you're interested in our craft program, stop by the Pearl Library every 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m. or call 601-932-2562 if you have any questions.

Saturday, September 8

Chapter One @ Pearl

Celebrate the freedom to read! The last day of September marks Banned Books Week, so naturally, we're going to participate. Select any title that has been banned for this month's Chapter One Book Club. We will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 13 @ the Pearl Public Library.
Here are a couple of website with a list of some banned books (you don't have to pick from these lists; they are here if you need ideas):
There will be door prizes and refreshments! We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 6

Simply Crafts @ Pearl

It's that time again! The kids are back in school, our regular TV shows are back on, summer is over, and FALL is almost here! You should celebrate it by decorating your house with a lovely fall wreath. Don't have one? You're in luck! We're making them at Pearl Public Library's craft night this Tuesday, September 11 @ 6 p.m. All materials are free, and the program is open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 30

Fine Forgiveness Week

Local Libraries to Forgive Student Fines and Assist Community

The Central Mississippi Regional Library System (CMRLS) wants to make your students’ school year a successful one. To assist with this goal, CMRLS libraries are declaring a Fine Forgiveness Week, September 8-15. During this week anyone 21 years or younger may clear their library fines and start the school year with a ‘clean slate’. Those already out of school may also clear fines. Fines will only continue to follow them and cause future problems. Borrowing materials for upcoming school projects or just leisure reading will no longer be a worry.   

Students, or any person age 21 and younger, who have overdue library materials in good condition may return them to the library during Fine Forgiveness Week and fines will be forgiven. It is that easy! In addition, by returning the materials, students just coming into those same school projects will have the needed resources. Due to the economic situation everyone is facing, replacing those needed materials are sometimes beyond library budgets. Books cost more each year to purchase.

If for some reason those overdue library materials are lost or the items have been damaged, anyone 21 years and younger may still be granted Fine Forgiveness! The Library will accept one sealed, multi-serving packaged food item for each $10 in fines that the borrower owes. This will erase the library fine and at the same time contribute to the Mississippi Food Network working in your community. Your library and the library’s website have a list of accepted items for fine forgiveness. The list includes items such as peanut butter, fruit cups, pudding cups, and snack crackers.

Central Mississippi Regional Library System serves the public libraries of Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties. The libraries are located in Pearl, Flowood, Brandon, Puckett, Pelahatchie, Florence, Reservoir, Richland, and Sandhill; Forest, Morton, Sebastopol, and Lake; Magee, Mendenhall, and Harrisville; Mize, Polkville, Raleigh, and Taylorsville. Hours, contact information, and a list of accepted food items are found at The library nearest to you may be listed in the local phone book in the “city section”, the yellow pages, or by name. Library staff can answer any questions regarding Fine Forgiveness Week. Fees produced by Debt Collect will not be forgiven.

Tuesday, August 28

Libraries to CLOSE

Hurricane Isaac
All CMRLS Libraries will be closed by 6:00 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, August 28. The Libraries will remain closed Wednesday, August 29, due to anticipated severe weather. Library programs are cancelled.

Libraries will open with regular business hours on Thursday, August 30, weather permitting.

For further information on weather closings pertaining to CMRLS Libraries, watch this blog or visit Facebook, Twitter.

Stay safe and informed! News, weather, and government information can be found HERE.