Friday, December 27

Did you have a LEGO Christmas?

Some of you may have been lucky this year and gotten your favorite Lego kit. Have you ever wondered where Legos started? Here is an article about the history of Legos from World Book Online which can be accessed from your library website.

While there are many exhibits around the world, we have our own Lego exhibit right here in the Brandon Library loaned to us by Jeff, Dori Ann, and Thomas Paczak. Come by before the end of January to see it for yourself.

Also come join us for Duplo Free Play at 11:30 a. m. Wednesday, January 8, and Lego Free Play at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9.

Happy New Year from the Brandon Library!

Monday, December 23

The Vision is 2020 at the Pearl Public Library!

December programming at the Pearl Public Library which included great crafts and a wonderful Christmas program, Christmas Carols with Santa featuring the Pearl Northside Singers, proved to be a strong finish for the year!

BUT the new year is upon us in just a few days! This is an exciting one too!


And, as always the Pearl Public Library has YOU in sight and mind! The vision is sharp and so is the program lineup! All programs are FREE!

Simply Crafts offers a DIY project every first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.  January's is a crafty Notebook Calendar on Tues. Jan. 7. All materials are furnished and no reservation is needed! 
BINGO for BOOKS is every second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Come join the fun for the chance to win free books, DVDs and video games and enjoy light refreshments on Thurs. Jan. 9!
A great source of free entertainment is the Pearl Library's monthly Third Thursday Flicks at 5:45 p.m. January's movie is HOOSIERS featuring Gene Hackman on Thurs. Jan. 16! It's a free movie on the big screen and light refreshments come with it!
How-To Tuesday is featured every third Thursday at 6 p.m.!  For January's offering learn about the City of Pearl while playing Pearl-Opoly Tues. Jan.21!

And, there's so much more!

Only a few programs are featured here in this blog, but you can find ALL January programs (adult, children and family), not only for the Pearl Public Library, but all 20 libraries of the Central MS Regional Library System (CMRLS) at

So, plan on attending some of these wonderful January programs! 

Or just stop on by to visit! Here is an idea! Make it a New Year's resolution to spend more time at your local library.   Speaking of New Year's resolutions, if yours is getting more physically fit, you definitely want to stop by. The Pearl Library has a wonderful collection of FIT KITS available for FREE checkout! Uh-huh! Didn't I tell you we always have you in mind?

Don't miss out!

We'll see you there!


Friday, December 20

Holiday Hours, Winter Reading Challenge, & Talking Book Services

Closing Times:  All CMRLS branches will close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 23 and return to normal hours Thursday, December 26.  For the New Year’s holiday, branches will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and return to normal hours Thursday, January 2.

Winter Reading Challenge:  Sign up on Beanstack for our Winter Reading Challenge, which will run from January 1-31!  However, you can start registering Monday, December 23. Participants in the Reading Challenge will receive fine forgiveness. Start logging your books January 1. When you read four books will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.  If you read another four books, you get another entry. And if you read a total of 12 books for the month, your name goes into the drawing 3 times. Plus, you receive a CMRLS Perks sheet giving you $5 FREE fines, 10 free black and white copies and 10 free color copies as a thank you from CMRLS for your support of your local library.

Talking Book Services: If you are unable to read standard print because of a visual, physical, or organic reading disability, ask about registering for our free talking book service!  The Mississippi Library Commission provides eligible patrons with a digital audio device and a large catalogue of fiction and non-fiction books and magazines for all ages.

Thursday, December 19

January Events for Morton Library

On January 9 at  5 p.m.
We will be having Family Story Time!
The theme will be  Winter/Snow.
We will be reading stories, singing songs and making a snowman craft.

On January 16 at 5 p.m.
We will be having a K-6 Lego challenge.
We are going to make Lego displays  to go in the Library.

On Januray 23 at 5 p.m. 
We will be having a Teen Event.
We will be making glass suncatchers!

Please come join us for these fun events.
They are all free to attend.

Friday, December 13

Party Time at the Brandon Library!

The celebrations keep on coming here at the Brandon Library! On Thursday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m., our Genealogy Club and DNA Club are joining together for their annual Christmas Party! 

The Creative Crafters will also be having their annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m. 

While you're here, come check out our Staff Picks display! We at the Brandon Library want to share some of our favorite titles with you this holiday season. 

One of Shirley's picks is Gregg Olsen's newest book, If You Tell. "I love mysteries and thrillers," Shirley says, "and this book is fantastic on both counts. I couldn't put it down."

Check here for the Goodreads summary, or put this book on hold through the CMRLS catalog here!

Summer, on the other hand, is living for The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. She says, "I am totally obsessed with this series. I just finished it and I already want to read it all over again."

Check here for the Goodreads summary, or put this book on hold through the CMRLS catalog here!

Wednesday, December 11

Who Knew Gingerbread Houses Are Literary Based?

It is unclear the exact origins of gingerbread. 

Ginger is native to Asia, and gingerbread was eaten during the 11th century Crusades; however, it was the Germans in the 14th century who made gingerbread the wonderful holiday treat that is celebrated by so many at Christmas. 

Most likely, the Brothers Grimm are responsible for the popularity of gingerbread houses. It is possible that the sugar confections were constructed before the Grimm’s fairytale Hansel and Gretel was published; but thanks to the continued obsession with this tale, gingerbread houses have remained candy-coated creations of yummy goodness. 

The teens at Forest Public Library continue the tradition by creating their very own gingerbread houses. We librarians credit the Brothers Grimm and their tale of a cannibalistic witch for making gingerbread houses the popular holiday activity that everyone enjoys!

Monday, December 9

What Would The Holiday Season Be Without Joyful Songs?

Well, come on now! That would be pretty bad!

That's why the Pearl Public Library wants to do their part in putting sweet songs in your heart!


SO, the Library invites you and the whole family to celebrate the holiday season with the musical stylings of the Pearl Northside Singers Tues. Dec. 10 at 5:30 in Christmas Carols with Santa!

The night, of course, includes the big, jolly guy so get your cameras ready to snap a sweet photo of your little angel with Santa!

There will be pizza donated by Pizza Shack of Jackson, dessert and drinks as long as the supply lasts!

And, it's all FREE and no reservation is needed!

Plan on coming by for lots of cheer and great music!

We'll see you there!

Monday, December 2

Hearing how Patrons are Thankful for the Pearl Public Library Makes this Holiday Season Extra Special!

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During the month of November patrons had an opportunity to tell why they are Thankful for the Pearl Public Library. 

We really appreciate those who participated.

You know. Working in a library gives staffers an extraordinary opportunity to, not only help people, but welcome them into an environment that some of them have never been in. And, believe me, a library can be intimidating to some people. So when a librarian can make a patron smile, put them at ease, while assisting them, it's something that a patron just might let someone know about!


Here are just a few of the "Thankful" comments:


"I am thankful for the library because of the kindness and thoughtfulness of the staff."


"A very good place for the kids to learn, and I can access my information without kids worrying me at home. LOL. Thank you."

"I am thankful for the library because it gives everyone opportunities to read books for free or have access to the computer and internet. Reading makes you smarter and everyone here is so nice, feels like home. I am very thankful for the Pearl Library."

"I am thankful for this library because it has helped me accomplish many, many things."

"I am very thankful for the Pearl Library. The staff is The Best."

"Best library in U.S.A. Thank you ALL."

"I am thankful for the wonderful and cheerful workers!!"

"I thank the crew at this library. It is the Best in the County. Nice and very kind, professional in all areas."

"Great Place to study! Staff is Great!"


Well, we think the patrons are GREAT, and we are so very thankful for each and every one of you!

So, please, keep coming in! Let your friends and family know just how much the Pearl Public Library has to offer and about the quality of our services!

Don't forget about all our programs too! Visit and click on Events to view programming for all 20 Central Mississippi Regional Library System libraries.

We'll see you there!

Turkey, Ducks, and Puppets, oh my!

Now that the turkey has been eaten, and sales have been attended, the Brandon Library is looking forward to celebrating the Holiday Season. This is definitely a party month for us. Be sure to check the calendar so that you don’t miss any of the fun.

If you have a few minutes this weekend while the library is closed, take a stroll through City Park behind the library and read The Twelve Days of Christmas by Susan Jeffers. We change the story every month so there is always something new to read.

You have a few more days to find your Library Duck! You can come every day through Friday, December 6. We will have the drawing for the Library Duck Hunt at the Puppet Show on Saturday, December 7. The winner of the drawing will receive a $100 gift card. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Brandon Library. Thank you, Friends!

Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. in addition to the Duck Drawing, we will have a CMRLS Christmas Puppet Show and afterwards we will make some yummy wreaths out of donuts!  At the end of the program, we will all go to the park and read the Story Walk.

We have decorated the library and if you would like to take family pictures, you are welcome to come by during library hours.

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Monday, November 25

December Happenings at the Rez

December Greetings!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from the librarians at the Northwest Point Reservoir Library! We are busy making holiday plans with family and friends. While we may be busy, we always look forward to seeing our patrons come in to check out the latest books and movies that we have to offer!

Special Holiday Hours 
All CMRLS Libraries will be closing on Monday, December 23rd, at 3:00 p.m., for the Christmas Holiday.  Normal hours of operation will begin Thursday, December 26th. We want to thank our patrons for their continued support.

New Years Holiday Closing 

All CMRLS Libraries will close at 3:00 p.m., on Tuesday,  December 31st, and remain closed until Thursday, January 2nd, for the New Year's holiday. We hope all our patrons have a safe and happy holiday season.

Santa Claus is Coming to The Rez

Are you ready for Christmas time?! Wanting to visit with Santa Claus before his long awaited Christmas Eve flight? Come by the Library Thursday, December 19th, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., as we welcome Santa Claus for a last minute visit before he makes his Christmas Eve journey! Bring your wish list and enjoy some Christmas Cookies with Santa!

Christmas Movie Matinee  

Join us at the library Thursday, December 12th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for a special Christmas showing of the classic movie, "The Polar Express".  The movie, produced in 2004, is rated (G) and is 1 hour and 40 minutes long.  Free popcorn will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the
Reservoir Library while supplies last.

High Noon Book Club 

Join us at the library Thursday, December 19th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., for another hour of fine dining and even finer literature as the High Noon Book Club has its December meeting! To celebrate the holiday spirit we will be reading an early John Grisham work, "Skipping Christmas". We will also be voting on the first book of the year 2020! All patrons are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a sack lunch.  A holiday themed dessert will be provided.

Mugshots Family Trivia 

Are you a Trivia Master looking for their next exciting game to conquer? Are you new to trivia and wanting to get more involved? Come to Mugshots in Flowood for another exciting game of family friendly pub trivia hosted in partnership by the Northwest Point Reservoir Library and the G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library in Flowood. All experience levels are welcome!  

Loose Knit Group

Are you a master knitter who is looking to pass their knowledge to a new generation of knitters? Are you a beginner who is looking to learn from master knitters? Come by the Northwest Point Reservoir Library every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for another meeting of the Loose Knit Group.  All experience levels are welcome as we work on our own projects.  

Goodbye to Uno!

Our library goldfish, Uno, decided to leave the library where he has seen many patrons come to  check out books and movies. His last day with the library was Halloween day. He wanted to wish all of his friends a safe and happy New Year! 

The Holiday Season is Officially Here and the Quest for creative Ideas is ON!

That's why you definitely want to mark your calendar for December programming at the Pearl Public Library  - a craft mecca! 

As you struggle to try and figure out just what to get that special person, the answer is right here!

Let me just tell you that folks love getting homemade Christmas gifts! So, if you want to WOW friends or family, plan to come to Simply Crafts on Tues. Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

Becky will HOOK YOU UP! Yep make your very own ornament to adorn any tree!

See how easy and oh so beautiful!  This is one gift or happy anyone would loooooooove to have! And, it's FREE! All materials supplied and no reservation needed!

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Don't stop there though!  Kayla is Snowman happy! Her How-To Tuesday is on Tues. Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Snowman in a flower pot made from a plastic spoon! HOW NEAT! All you have to bring is yourself! Everything is supplied. The program is FREE and no reservation is required!

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But, hold on now! Maybe you are looking for some entertainment that doesn't require paint, glue or even creativity. 


Ben's got this!
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Hit the jackpot with BINGO FOR BOOKS on Thurs. Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.! A FREE program where you can win BOOKS! 

Ben has a great time seeing patrons having so much fun and winning big! He provides refreshments too!

It's fun for the whole family!

And, we know that family is very special! Especially this time of year when we really appreciate our family! 

Little 8-year-old mischievous Kevin McCallister (played by actor Macaulay Culkin) found this out the hard way in the 1990 Christmas movie Home Alone. 
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Always in trouble Kevin wishes he had no family. The morning his family left on Christmas vacation to Paris, they accidentally forgot Kevin. So when he woke up to an empty house he was giddy with excitement at being home alone. That didn't last too long.  He had to protect the house from burglars and soon finds out there is nothing like family!

Great holiday movie. 

Ben is showing it on the big screen and serving refreshments too for his December Third Thursday Flicks offering. That's Thurs. Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. 

It's FREE and a wonderful holiday treat for someone special you might want to bring along!

See! What did I tell you! Great FREE ideas for the Christmas holidays!

Do not miss out!

We'll see you there!

Friday, November 22

Recipe Recommendations from Jeff at the Brandon Library

          The Economist and Forbes (which we have through Magnolia here) have declared 2019 “The Year of the Vegan” and the revolution has already reached Brandon. Many of your favorite fast food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, and Subway, are offering meatless versions of your favorite meals and supermarkets are stocking meatless burger patties and steaks.
         Although it’s estimated a quarter of Americans aged 25- to 34-years-old declare themselves vegetarians or vegans, people of all ages benefit from meatless living. Take it from someone who’s been a vegetarian for forty-one years, it’s not hard to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. The Central Mississippi Regional Library System has a lot of excellent vegetarian/vegan cookbooks to make it an easy transition; stop into the nearest branch for help.
           So, with fewer than six weeks left until 2020, are you ready to join the revolution? To help you get started I’ve attached links to two great recipes I can recommend for vegan chili (here) and vegetarian jalapeno cheddar cornbread (here) to help you through the long, cold winter nights.

-- Jeff (Reference Services)

P.S. Don't forget to keep hunting for ducks at the library for a chance to win a gift card!

Wednesday, November 20

December Events for the Morton Library

On December 5 
We will be having our Family Story Time
We will be reading Christmas stories, playing songs and making a craft
Fun for the whole family! 5p.m.  

December 12
Come see Santa and have your picture made.
You can make your own pictures for free or
we can make them for $1 with proceeds going to 
the Friends of the Library.
After pictures we will make an ornament craft.
Bring the whole family!
Also come check out our Whoville!

December 19
We will be having a Dungeons and Dragons game
for Teens.
It will be from 3-4 p.m.

Monday, November 18

Spelling THANKS Could Not Be More Fun!

That's why you should not miss the November How-To Tuesday  - or any program this month - at the Pearl Public Library!

Make your own Tin Punched Votive Candle on Tues. Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. 

Kayla has worked very hard putting this wonderful craft together for everyone to enjoy!  Which means she's eaten a lot of SOUP too! LOL! 

It's a FREE adult craft program. No reservation needed and all materials supplied. Remember How-To Tuesday is every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

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WOW! Making this Tin Punched Votive Candle sounds like a cool craft trip!

Hey, while we are tripping hahahah, come by the Pearl Library on Thurs. Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. for a really funny ride! One of the best Thanksgiving movies ever!

Yep! A good trip is what Neal Page (played by Steve Martin), a classy executive, had in mind in Planes, Trains and Automobiles! But, what he got instead was complete chaos as he was thrown together with Del Griffith (John Candy), a bumbling shower curtain ring salesman, in this ultimate Thanksgiving film!

These two totally different men, not to mention complete strangers, encounter some hilarious, and some quite infuriating situations! 

But as life shows us oftentimes things are not as they seem. That's what makes the ending of this wonderful movie absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving! Just magical!
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Ben will be showing it on the big screen at the Pearl Library for his November Third Thursday Flicks on Thurs. Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. He'll be serving refreshments too! 

FREE entertainment! Now, that's something to be thankful for!

Don't miss out!

We'll see you there!

Friday, November 15

Brandon Library Family Night & Genealogy for Beginners

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, a time to discover and celebrate the culture, contributions, challenges, successes, and histories of North America’s indigenous people groups.  On Monday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m., Brandon Library Family Night will celebrate (note: this is different from our normally scheduled time on Thursday).  Activities will include doing floor puzzles, making Thanksgiving tangrams, reading a Native American "Giving Thanks" story, munching on snacks, and drinking cranberry juice.

On Tuesday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m., we will also be presenting “Genealogy for Beginners.” During this time, participants will learn how to begin researching their family trees using Ancestry: Library Edition and Heritage Quest. We will also provide handouts with free web links and resources for genealogy.  Attendants should bring their library cards.  They may also use either their own laptops or one provided by the library. 

Also, Brandon's Youth Services Department is hosting an Autumn scavenger hunt through December 20.  Receive your scavenger hunt bag from the children's desk, and when you have found ten of the twelve items, return it for a prize!

And keep looking for ducks!