Thursday, March 28

April 2019 Taylorsville Timeline To Do's

Let this April be a time of To Do's at your Library in Taylorsville. Listed below are some of the Awesome April events we have planned for you to mark off of your To Do List.

April 7th thru April 13th we will be celebrating National Library Week throughout our system. Here at Taylorsville we will be honoring our patrons of the community with a reception at the library. This will be a ‘come and go’ event on Friday, April 12th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Our county wide event for National Library Week will include the Mize, Polkville and Raleigh libraries. During this event patrons are encouraged to come in and write a Six Word Story. This event stems from the story of Ernest Hemingway winning a bet that he could write a short story only six words long. His story has a beginning, a middle and an end. The story is “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn”. We are inviting all our patrons to come in and use their writing skills to write their own Six Word Story. This event begins April 8th thru April 13th with the winner announced on Monday, April 15th. A $25 dollar gift card will be awarded to the winner.

Children’s Book Week will be observed beginning April 30th thru May 5th. For every children’s book your child reads, their name will be entered into a drawing for a jar of candy. The drawing will be held May 13th. This year is the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week so I’m betting there might be 100 pieces of candy in the jar!

Each Wednesday at 11:00 am will be our Preschool Story Time. Our Awesome April themes are:
April 3rd:   Oh, The Green Green Grass of Home
April 10th: A “Pet” a Day, Keeps Us Happy All Day
April 17th: Creepy Carrots / Happy Easter
April 24th: Let’s Take Care of Our Home

These programs are filled with fun books, music, and crafts!

On April 8th at 3:30, our Magnolia Monday for K to 6th grade will learn how to make air dry clay to use for their own DIY cutouts. Supplies provided at the library


On April 9th at 3:30, our Totally Teen Tuesday for Tweens and Teens will learn how to make air dry clay to use for their own DIY sculpture. Supplies provided at the library.

Our Adult and Senior Book Club meets on Tuesday, April 9th at 3:00. We will be reading and discussing the latest novel by: Laura Childs, Broken Bone China.

Our Friends of the Library Chapter would love for you to join them on Tuesday, April 9th at 3:30, for their monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events and ways to help the library make them a success.

We look forward to helping you complete your Library To Do's.

Wednesday, March 27

Mississippi Swing Band


The Mississippi Swing Band is returning to the Flowood Library! Back for an Encore Presentation! 
Monday, April 8, 6:30-7:30p.m. 
The music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will rock the house for the rest of the evening. 
Food will be served before, during and after this event. 
Music will be played. People will dance. 
I can't dance. Don't try to make me. I don't have any rhythm. I tried. It wasn't pretty. I would rather not scare the children. 
The Mississippi Swing Band will play oldies, but goodies. It will also play more contemporary. All of the music will be uplifting and entertaining. 
It's not everyday I hire an orchestra especially one that will appeal to all ages and all walks of life. 
Let me eat good food and enjoy the musical atmosphere. 
This Open House celebration will commemorate the beginning of National Library Week. 
This event is a celebration of libraries and what they do for the community and is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Flowood Library. 
It begins on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes and an appetite. 
For our patrons looking to browse our DVD collection during this time, well, have a sandwich. 
Other events scheduled for National Library Week. 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, All Day Puzzle Day 
Enjoy puzzle day in the Reference area at the Flowood Library. Challenge yourself to assemble a puzzle in record time. 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, All Day Game Day 
Enjoy game day in the Reference area at the Flowood Library. Select your game from an assortment of games. 
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Classic Movie Night 
Celebrate National Library Week with a viewing of 
"The Book Club" (PG-13, 1h 44min). 
Bring your own drinks. 
Popcorn will be sold for 25 cents a bag by the 
Friends of the Flowood Library. 
Friday, April 12, 2019, Tai Chi for Better Health 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (Flowood) 
Some benefits of Tai Chi: 
Improves circulation, reduce stress, improves flexibility, improves balance, builds muscle strength, improves posture. This workshop is free and designed for beginners. 
Saturday, April 13, 2019, Poets Anonymous 
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (Flowood) 
Share your interest in writing poetry with a group of talented poets. This group meets every second Saturday of each month at the Flowood Library. 
School will be out soon, and our Summer Reading program will be here before we know it. How quickly time flies when you're having fun. I encourage each of our patrons to visit the Flowood Public Library during the summer. 
The Flowood Library is here to serve the informational needs of the community and to allow people to seek self-improvement and have fun doing it. 
Unlike a college or a university we provide access to informational materials free of charge.  Some academic institutions charge for parking.  We don't. 
Stop by your public library and see what we can offer.

Tuesday, March 26

Painting Class at Magee Library

Need something to hang on the door for Easter?

We will be painting a Cross Door Hanger to decorate our homes for Easter!

On Friday, April 5th, The Magee Library will host a Painting Class, taught by Rhoda Benton from the Mendenhall Library. If you have ever had one of Rhoda's classes, you know she makes it fun and easy! I am a non-painter, but she taught me how to paint a circle. It was easy peasy! She will take you step by step throughout the whole process. You will be amazed how well you do.

There is a $20 supply fee per person for those who wish to paint. Registration is required. Please let us know what initial you will need to personalize your cross, so that the correct cut out can be ordered. You can register by calling the Magee Library at 601-849-3747. 

6 Word Story

RALEIGH: "Apparently, Ernest Hemingway was lunching at Luchow’s with a number of writers and claimed that he could write a short story that was only six words long. Of course, the other writers balked. Hemingway told each of them to put ten dollars in the middle of the table; if he was wrong, he said, he’d match it. If he was right, he would keep the entire pot. He quickly wrote six words down on a napkin and passed it around; Papa won the bet. The words were “FOR SALE, BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN.” A beginning, a middle and an end!"

That is a story that is told about Ernest Hemingway. We have decided to continue this idea to honor National Library Week by having our own 6 word story contest. We will be accepting 6 word stories the week of April 7th - 13th. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 15th and will win a $25 dollar prize.

Let's see how creative you can be.

Monday, March 25

Need computer answers? Find them at the Pearl Public Library!

It's not a computer class. It's better!

It's Computer Tutorials every Monday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by the reference desk at the Pearl Public Library with your computer questions. Helpful staff will be happy to give you instruction.

If you need to write a letter and don't know what document tool to use? They'll  happily show you the magical world of Microsoft Word!

Don't have an email address, but would love to create one? They'll show you where to go for easy steps to get you on your way! Soon, you'll be a pro!

Printing documents or emails, sending and/or downloading attachments, searching the internet, etc., the reference staff will HOOK YOU UP!

Don't be shy. Come in to the Pearl Public Library. Housing the only computer lab in the Central MS Regional Library System, plus more computers in the reference area (34 total), there are plenty of computers to go around. 

Even though formal computer tutorials are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, general computer assistance is available every day during library hours. That's Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Just remember that for your own privacy, staffers will not help you create passwords or help with applications or any projects that require your confidential information. Staff will not answer tax questions of any kind, not even suggest what form you should use. That's totally prohibited.

But, hey, anything else and they are there for you!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 20

Genealogy Research: A Personal Journey

Genealogy Research: A Personal Journey

Who are you?  Where do you come from?  Do you really want to have answers to these questions?

No need to hire a Genealogist or an Archivist.  You can begin your journey here at the Flowood Library.

According to World Book Online, "Genealogy is the study of family history through records. These records reveal important events in the lives of people and their ancestors. Genealogical research is used to identify ancestors from written and oral records. It is also used to establish relationships in families. Genealogical research has become a popular and informative pastime for many people.

People engage in genealogical research for various reasons. Some people search for their family roots out of curiosity. Others hope to establish a legal right to inherit property. Still other people seek to join societies whose membership is based on lineage. In addition, some people search for parents or children whose identity has been lost through divorce or adoption.

A person begins genealogical research by recording his or her name on a pedigree chart—also known as a family tree. The person continues with the names of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. The family tree is expanded by completing a family group record for each ancestral couple and their children. Each person on the chart is identified by dates and places of birth, marriage, and death.

The best records for establishing the identity of family members are vital records. Vital records include birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates. These records are kept by government agencies or churches in the area where the family lived. Other useful records include census reports, military records, deeds and other land papers, probate records (records having to do with a person’s legal will), newspaper archives, and cemetery records. Many government agencies and historical and genealogical societies are digitizing (computerizing) their paper records. This enables the records to be stored electronically and viewed on the Internet. These electronic records make it much easier for people to locate vital records of their ancestors.

The world’s largest genealogy library is the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City. Its worldwide microfilm collection includes copies of records filmed at government and church repositories and at other genealogical libraries. In 2009, the library launched an Internet site with a searchable database of vital records. The database contains a wide range of records from the United States and many other countries.

Several businesses and organizations have placed vital records information online. Many of them provide assistance for people researching their family history." and Heritage Quest are offered free of charge through our computer system.

DNA Testing

I have been told that I am primarily of European descent, but I may also be 1/64 Cherokee Indian. I never had reason to doubt this family story until recently when I had my DNA tested through Ancestry and further verified through 23 and Me.

I could not verify my Native American DNA via Ancestry or 23 and Me. However, I did find out that I was less than 1% South African, more specifically from the Bantu Tribe.

I asked my father, where my Native American DNA would have come from, "Are you sure you are my father?" My father responded, "Only your mother knows for sure."

I turned to my mother regarding the South African DNA, and she told me a story of Dutch traders.

Finding out who I am has been an ongoing mystery.

You can begin your Genealogy adventure at the Flowood Library using the library's subscription to and Heritage Quest.

You can research census records, marriage records, family trees that have been placed online by members, and much more.

The scope of your research can be never ending and an adventure in itself.

My journey continues.