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.

Thursday, August 16

Brown Bag @ Pearl

Join us for this month's Brown Bag lunch, Friday, August 24 (noon) featuring Mississippi poet, Patricia Neely-Dorsey. She'll be discussing her books, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia and My Magnolia Memories and Musings. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks and dessert are provided by the Friends of the Pearl Library.
Patricia Neely-Dorsey is  a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi.  She  received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. After living for almost 20 years in Memphis, Tennessee, working in the mental health field, she returned to her   hometown in August 2007. 
Her  first book of poetry, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia- A Life In Poems was published in February, 2008 (Grant House Publishers).Her second book , My Magnolia Memories and Musings -In Poems was published in February 2012. She calls both books"a celebration of the south and things southern ". Patricia  currently live in Tupelo with her  husband James,son Henry,and Miniature Schnauzer, Happy. She is an avid reader and passionate writer. The author  considers  herself  a "Goodwill Ambssador" for Mississippi and hopes to promote a positive image of Mississippi , rather than all the negatives usually portrayed.

You may visit her website at:

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

" a celebration of the south and things southern"
"Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and The Written Word"

Craft night @ Pearl

Here's a look at what we did at craft night this past Tuesday:
Everyone was pleased with their felt flowers!
We only had a couple of hot glue gun injuries, but no one had to be hospitalized. The flowers, as suggested by some, could be pinned on a shirt or made into a headband. Some gave it away as a gift. If you would like to join the craft night fun, just stop by the Pearl library every 2nd Tuesday @ 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7

Simply Crafts @ Pearl

If you love to do crafts, you should come to this month's Simply Crafts @ the Pearl Public Library this Tuesday, August 14 @ 6 p.m. We will be making felt flower pins similar to the one shown above. This program is free with all materials provided, and EVERYONE is welcome. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 4

Chapter One Book Club @ Pearl

London is on our T.V. sets, in all the latest magazines, and now, it's in the book club! Join us for this month's Chapter One Book Club Thursday, August 9 from 6-7 p.m. where we will discuss the legendary sleuth and his mystery solving in Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Win a door prize! Enjoy some light refreshments and book conversation. We hope to see you there!