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Summer Reading Programs with Adults in Mind...


Again this summer, all Jackson-George Regional Library branches will host free summer reading programs for adults. This is the third year that summer programs will be available for all ages. A full slate of programs are planned with something for everyone.

Area libraries will host programs with the theme "Ground-breaking Reads" that celebrate health and wellness, music, art, local history, the environment and much more. Most libraries have scheduled free programs for adults once each week starting June 4 and run through July 11.

There are several reasons to join the free program. Explore new and different reading interests. Meet and mingle with like-minded adults. Model the love of reading with your children. You can make Summer Reading a family event.

Registration is suggested by visiting your local library. A complete program schedule is available below. Libraries will offer door prizes and refreshments at most events. A reading record is also available to keep track of books read.

For more information, visit or call your local library. Download the schedule now.

Gautier Public Library
Tuesday, June 4, 6 - 7:30 pm
Complete Guide to Canning
Anyone interested in canning discover its fun and value whether a beginner or experienced home canner.
Tuesday, June 11, 6 - 7:30 pm
Beneath the Surface: Discovering the Titanic
Sara Couch, Pascagoula library assistant, will present the history surrounding the sinking of the Titanic. *Teens & Adults
Tuesday, June 18, 6 - 7:30 pm
“Root”ing Around the Garden
Jackson County MSU Extension officer Angie Rogers will talk about gardening Indoors. *Teens & Adults
Tuesday, June 25, 6 - 7:30 pm
Beekeeping Challenges
Steven Manis will offer tips on Beekeeping, honey bees and the benefits of bees and beekeeping in our communities.
Tuesday, July 9, 6 - 7:30 pm
Coffeehouse Poetry & Karaoke Party
*Teens & Adults - have fun at our end of Summer Reading party!

East Central Public Library
Thursday, June 6, 2 pm - Dig into Mississippi - Kick-off Party!
A presentation by Linda Inman and Rita Johnson of cool places to go in Mississippi. These ladies that work at the I-10 Welcome Center will also bring displays and freebies.
Thursday, June 13, 2 pm - Dig into History.
Ship Island Prisoner of War: Eugenia’s Story by Stacy Speas. She will give a dramatic monologue of Eugenia’s story while in full costume. Themed refreshments.
Thursday, June 20, 2 pm - Breaking Ground: Tour of God’s Glory Garden & Plant Swap.
Join us with C.P. & Bill Winters. We will have plant swap, refreshments, and door prizes at the library and then go to the Winters' home for the tour.
Thursday, June 27, 2 pm - Digging Out From Underneath the Clutter.
Amanda Knight will give us some tips on organization and then we will have a clutter swap.
Tuesday, July 2, 2 pm - Digging Up Titanic History.
Sara Couch will present the history surrounding the sinking of the Titanic. *Teens & Adults
Thursday, July 11, 2 pm - Make Your Bucket List & Wrap-up Party.
Ben Barlow will give an inspirational talk and guide participants in making their bucket list. Refreshments are potluck and recipes will be exchanged.

Lucedale-George County Public Library
Tuesday, June 4, 7 pm
A Nun’s Eye View of Life: Amateur Radio & Volunteering
Sister Lucindia shares stories about her life experiences, which may not be what you would typically expect from a Nun.
Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm
Who’s Pulling Your String?
Musical ventriloquist Lee Pitts Spooner and her partner Nicky entertains with wit and wisdom. She was featured in Mission USA magazine, TV shows, newspapers, and countless other articles. A former “Outstanding Young Women in America” recipient.
Tuesday, June 25, 7 pm
Medical Advances that came out of the Civil War
Valerie Jean Cox, Civil War medical historian, will offer a unique perspective on medical advances from the Civil War era. Valerie is a nurse and a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons.

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library
Tuesday, May 28, 3 - 7 pm
Open House & Summer Reading registration
Join us for refreshments and a run-down on what fun you can expect this summer!
Saturday, June 15, 1 - 2:30 pm
Dig Into the Tale
Author of “A Tale of Two Cities,” Dr. Chris Wiggins will present a history of Moss Point.
Thursday, June 20, 6 - 7 pm
Digging in Your Garden
Presentation with tips and gardening tricks from Master Gardener Norma Savage.
Saturday, June 29, 2 - 3:30 pm
Digging Up the USS Cairo Gunboat
Joanne Anderson, journalist and local historian, will offer a program on the USS Cairo Gunboat which was pulled out of its watery grave to be preserved now in a museum in Vicksburg, MS.
Saturday, July 13, 1 - 2 pm
Digging Up Treasures in Your Own Backyard with a Metal Detector
James Wells will offer a demonstration of a common metal detector that can be used to locate treasures beneath the surface.

Ocean Springs Municipal Library
Digging Up Titanic History - Wednesday, June 5, 6 pm
- Sara Couch will present the history surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.
Breaking Ground Indoors - Thursday, June 13, 6 pm
- Angie Rogers from the county extension office will talk about gardening indoors.
Breaking Future Ground - Thursday, June 20, 6 pm
- Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home will talk about Funeral Planning. Douglas Schmitt will be signing copies of his book Adaptation of the Chameleon.
Unearthing the Past - Thursday, June 27, 6 pm
Join us with stories and discussion about the history of Ocean Springs, with Ray Bellande.
The Hobbit - Thursday, July 11, 6 pm
Attend a showing of the movie “The Hobbit: an unexpected journey,” with nacho bar. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Pascagoula Public Library
Thursday, June 6, 6 pm
Plotting for the Future
Funeral and bucket list planning with Joy Herndon and Greg Mountjoy from Heritage Funeral Home.
Thursday, June 13, 6 pm
Ground-breaking Natural Light Photography
Photographer Sharon Killingsworth, from Life Studios, will give tips and tricks for taking better photos.
Thursday, June 20, 6 pm
Digging up Titanic History
René Gautier Hague will present the history surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.
Thursday, June 27, 6 pm
Unearthing Ghosts: Lighthouse Paranormal Investigations
Ghost hunters Darnell Sheffield and Kraig Killingsorth will offer information on local hauntings and past encounters.
Thursday, July 11, 6 pm
Flap into the 20’s
Dress up and enter the underground speakeasy wrap-up celebration with Joleen’s Starz of the South Performing Arts Studio.

St. Martin Public Library
Thursday, June 6, 5:30 - 7 pm
Excavating Elegance
Anyone interested in jewelry making? Rose Guice will show how to make bracelets out of earth-tone beads for yourself or for gifts.
Thursday, June 13, 5:30 - 7 pm
Digging for Deals
Cheri Melchiona will show people how to dig for deals and get the most savings with smart use of coupons.
Thursday, June 20, 5:30 - 7 pm
Unearthing Sweet Treats
Be creative - making cupcakes with a garden theme! Great for parties and entertaining!
Thursday, June 27, 5:30 - 7 pm
Mining for Marble
Marge Michaud will help you learn paper-crafting by making marbleized paper and offer tips and tricks for being creative with paper.

Vancleave Public Library
Thursday, June 6, 5:30 pm
Haunted Digs @ Your Library: Shadowz Paranormal
Kick-off Party with Shadowz Paranormal showing what they’ve found during investigations of “Haunted” Vancleave.
Thursday, June 13, 5:30 pm
Digging Up Your Roots @ Your Library
Renee Gautier-Hague, PG Genealogy Dept., will explain how to search your family tree, Ancestry.com and department resources.
Thursday, June 20, 5:30 pm
Digging up Dinner @ Your Library
Sharon Cameron from Vancleave will show you how to grow your own dinner including ideas for container gardens, organic gardens, and growing herbs.
Friday, June 28, 5:30-8 pm
Digging Up the Dirt, SPECIAL EVENT
Join us for a WWII Murder Mystery Party! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while we investigate the murder of Elizabeth Morgan - period dress encouraged! Registration is required by June 23 - 826-5857.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 pm
ASRP 2013 Wrap-up Party
You’re invited to our celebration party. We’ll discuss what you liked best and your ideas to make ASRP 2014 even better. Door prizes will be given and drawing for the State Grand Prize entry!!

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