Thursday, May 31

Ghost Hunters @ Pearl

I've always wondered if there were any ghosts in the library! Good thing the MS Society of Paranormal Investigators will be here at the Pearl Library Tuesday, June 5 from 6-7 p.m. We'll find out how ghost hunters conduct investigations, what equipment they use, how they find locations, what successes they've had, and maybe if there are any ghosts in this area! This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Friday, May 25

Inky the Clown Comes to the Florence Library

Inky the Clown will help Kick off the Florence Library's 2012 Summer Reading Program

There will be programs for everyone this summer.  Adults program "Between the Covers", YA program (Young Adults) "Own the Night", Preschool program , and K-6th program  "Dream Big...Read".
We would like to Invite everyone to stop by and sign up for this years Summer Reading Program.

Wednesday, May 16

Brown Bag Lunch @ Pearl

Join us for our Brown Bag Lunch Friday, May 25 @ 12 p.m. where Mississippi author, Forrest L. Cooper, will discuss his book, Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places.

For the past three decades, historian and archivist Forrest Lamar Cooper has written a regular column for Mississippi Magazine about unusual, fascinating aspects of the state's history, culture, products, and people. Whether describing the Jubilee Beverage Company of Jackson, the origins of the Mississippi State Fair, a Mississippi veteran who fought at Iwo Jima, or Biloxi's Riviera Hotel, Cooper's "Looking Back" columns are thoroughly researched and written with verve and clarity.

Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places collects thirty-nine of Cooper's best essays on the various cities, towns, dwellings, parks, and institutions of historical resonance. Covering all corners of the state, from the mid-1800s to the 1930s, the volume offers an engaging, convivial alternative history of Mississippi, one that emphasizes the obscure and small-scale over the big picture. Each short essay is accompanied by photographic and illustrative postcards from Cooper's private collection.

These postcards and other memorabilia give delightful visual clarity to Cooper's historical accounts of towns as far north as Hernando and as coastal as Pass Christian, from the Delta to the Pine Belt. Cooper focuses on Mississippi places, and the people and events that made them famous. Much of the architecture and even the terrain-as with the Gulf Coast's once legendary orange groves-has disappeared, making Cooper's postcards invaluable resources for understanding and visualizing what no longer exists. Looking Back Mississippi provides a treasure trove of history and insight into long-vanished corners of the state (

Bring a sack lunch. Drinks and desserts provided by the Friends of the Pearl Library. We hope to see you there!

Fluff n' Fudge Book Club @ Brandon

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Today we enjoyed delicious Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt while discussing Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

Here's the recipe in case you missed it:

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz high quality semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup Nutella, room temperature
3 Tbs butter, room temperature cut up into small pieces
Course sea salt to sprinkle on top

Line 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper leaving a couple of inches sticking up on each side (so you can lift the chilled fudge out of the pan).

In the top of a double boiler (you can use a glass bowl on top of a pan with water in the bottom), mix all the ingredients except the sea salt.Your water in the bottom pan should be just below the top pan or glass bowl. Gently simmer the water and stir the mixture until the chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is smooth, about 5-7 minutes.

Scrape the mixture into the lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with sea salt and gently press the sea salt down into the fudge so that it won't fall off once the fudge is chilled. Refrigerate until the fudge is firm, at least two hours.

Using the overhanging parchment paper, lift the fudge out of the pan. Cut the fudge into 3/4 inch pieces. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Join us Wednesday, June 20th @ 10:30 to discuss I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. I wonder what kind of yummy fudge we'll have then. Come on in a find out!

Thursday, May 3

Chapter One Book Club @ Pearl

I'll be putting my hold on The Full Moon Bride, which, per Cecelia, is "a lot better than what I expected... It's really good." Just hearing her talk about the book makes me want to read it, too.

"What makes a marriage - love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal's compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-American woman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition…

To Soorya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Soorya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable…
Soorya's first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she's introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Soorya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family's idea of an acceptable husband.

In choosing between two very different men, Soorya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her - not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a life… "

We'll have the Chapter One Book Club at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10th @ the Pearl Public Library. Light refreshments will be served, and we will have door prizes. We hope to see you there!

Simply Crafts @ Pearl Library

It's May, and flowers are in full bloom! Wouldn't it be nice to see a flower every time you signed your name or looked in your bag... or lying in a random place in your house? Well you can! At this month's Simply Crafts, we'll be making these lovely flower pens shown above. We'll also be making some cute little gift card holders with scrapbook paper and a household item normally found in the garbage can (who knew?). The fun begins @ 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8th at the Pearl Public Library. All materials provided. We'll see you there!