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FREE Summer Reading Programs and Events for Adults - more programs in 2012!

See event photos here - Gautier Jewelry | Vancleave Authors | East Central Food!

East Central Quilting | Gautier Dream Art | East Central Gardening |

More SRP around the branches | Vancleave Ghosts!

Each year branch libraries across the Jackson-George Regional Library System conduct annual Summer Reading programs for kids. But this year libraries will include adults in all the summer fun at each branch in the library system.

"Between the Covers" is the theme for the adult program this summer that will run from June through mid-July. It will provide a way for participants to review books and familiar topics by way of visiting authors, self-help, food, and more.

All programs are free and many will offer the chance to win door prizes and awards including a Grand Prize weekend getaway offered by the Mississippi Library Commission. Local businesses and organizations have also donated prizes.

For more information and events, call or visit your local library or CLICK HERE for schedule.

Scheduled events:

East Central Public Library • 588-6263
Thursday, June 7, 2 p.m. Between the Covers kick-off party with library director Carol Hewlett. Learn more about the Adult Summer Reading program and discuss your favorite authors while enjoying tea and other treats.

Thursday, June 14, 2 p.m. Cooking with your Spouse - with Ben & Emily Barlow... They will share their favorite dish with us and offer tips on working together in the kitchen.

Thursday, June 21, 2 p.m. Quilting with Betina Yon and Magnolia Quilters. Join us for tips and tricks to make better quilts. These professionals will talk about the tools and methods of making great projects.

Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m. Gardening with Bill and C.P. Winters, Master Gardener. Learn what it takes to make your garden or your green space the “yard of the month” or just a great place to relax.

Thursday, July 5, 2 p.m. Yard Sale & E-Bay tips with Darrin and Cathy Milazzo. Learn from those who know how and what it takes to shop and resale wisely.

Thursday, July 12, 2 p.m. SRP Final Party Potluck. Bring your favorite dish and celebrate the last program of Adult Summer Reading. This will be the final event to submit entries into the statewide grand prize drawing.

Gautier Public Library • 497-4531
Tuesday, June 5, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Safe In the Night. Officer Diane Schmid of the Gautier Police Department will present public safety tips for adults and teens. This is an all age’s program.

Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. Creating Steampunk Jewelry. Michelle McCartney from Ocean Springs Public Library will give a brief history of Steampunk and then lead participants in creating their own piece of jewelry. This program is for adults and teens. Registration required and limited to 15.

Tuesday, June 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Learn Storytelling Techniques with Bethany. JGRLS Youth Services Coordinator Bethany Carlisle will guide parents and other adults with storytelling techniques.

Tuesday, June 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Art After Dark with Katie Riley. Artist Katie Riley will give a background on the art of collage and then lead everyone in creating their own finished work of art. Participants are encouraged to bring photos to use in their collage. Registration required and limited to 15.

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library • 475-7462
Saturday, June 9, 2 - 3 p.m. - Why Books Matter: How a book can change your life. Join us as we host special guest Reba McMellon. Reba is a local writer, columnist and mental health consultant. She will discuss books and how stories relate to real-life experiences. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 14, 6 - 7 p.m. - Live Music with Dana Woods. Enjoy an evening of favorite hits and original songs from local singer-song writer Dana Woods. Hear songs from her new CD.

Saturday, June 23, 2 - 3 p.m. - Astronomy: Differences in the Summer & Winter Skies. Host Martin Stringfellow will guide us through a sky full of amazing sights. Martin has taught astronomy since 1998 for MGCCC and has been an instructor of chemistry and physics since 1994.

Lucedale-George County Public Library • 947-4531
Monday, June 11, 6 p.m. – Name That Moon! The Moon in Folklore.

Friday, June 15, 3 p.m. – Three Free Guitar Lessons (No guitar required, but bring one if you can).

Wednesday, June 20, 3 p.m. – Daytime All Night Long: Summer Solstice in the Arctic Circle.

Friday, June 22, 12 noon – By the Light of the Silvery Moon: Design and Grow a Moon Garden.

Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. – Under the Covers: History and Art of Quilt-making by the Melon Patch Quilters’ Guild.

Friday, June 29, 4 p.m. – Rock, Jazz, and Blues Jam Session.

Tuesday, July 3, 5 p.m. – West African Drums.

Tuesday, July 10, 6 p.m. – In the Sky Tonight: Black Holes and Quarks with James Corley.

Friday, July 14, 7 p.m. – Did You Hear THAT? Those Mysterious Sounds in the Night.

Ocean Springs Municipal Library • 875-1193
Thursday, June 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Shadowz Investigations. Paranormal researchers will discuss their work and bring their equipment for patrons to view. Website shadowzparanormal.com.

Friday, June 15, 2 p.m. Self-defense session with Sensei Jerry. Public safety tips for adults. Please register.

Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. Nightime Sleep. Natural remedies to help you sleep. Join us with special guest Betty O’Brian.

Thursday, July 5, 2 p.m. Make steampunk jewelry with Michelle McCartney. Please bring any broken/old pieces of jewelry to be upsized as part of the class. Please register - space is limited.

Thursday, July 12, 6-7:30 p.m. River Rock Yoga class. Students will be taught basic poses that will enable them to relax. Please register - space is limited.

Thursday, July 19, 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. AARP driving course. Please register - $12 AARP members - $14 for non-members to cover cost of materials.

Pascagoula Public Library • 769-3060
Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m. Make your own Bath Salts. Learn how to make your own aromatherapy bath salts with instructor Sara Stockfleth.

Thursday, June 14, 6 p.m. Shadow Hunters. Paranormal researchers will discuss their work and bring their equipment for patrons to view. Visit shadowzparanormal.com.

Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m. Personal Safety at Night. Learn how to keep safe at night with tips and discussions led by Sgt. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Department.

Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. Quilting 101: Basic Quilting techniques. Discover the fun of quilt-making with instructor Marsha Evans. Basic quilting tips and techniques will be demonstrated.

Vancleave Public Library • 826-5857
Thursday, June 7, 5-7 p.m. Creepy Food by Candlelight. It’s the Adult Summer Reading “Between the Covers” kick-off party! Learn more about the Adult Summer Program and discuss your favorite authors while enjoying creepy (yet, delectable) foods by candlelight.

Thursday, June 14, 5-7 p.m. Aspiring Writers Workshop and Book Signing.Paranormal/Romantic Suspense Author Cynthia Eden, Paranormal Author Katie Reus, Historical Romance Author Manda Collins visit Vancleave and will sign books. They will also give advice on polishing writing skills and will answer questions about breaking into the publishing business.

Thursday, June 21, 5-7 p.m. Shadowz Paranormal Investigations. Join us for a question and answer session with Shadowz Paranormal. These professionals will talk about the tools and methods of finding paranormal disturbances.

Monday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. HOT off the PRESS! Carolyn Haines. Pick up your own personal copy of the 12th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney series, “Bonefire of the Vanities.” Carolyn will be on hand to sign books for you.

Thursday, June 28, 5-7 p.m. Romance on a Budget. Tips for a romantic evening requiring little or no cost. We’ll talk about recipes, suggested places to visit and things to do to create a special night with your special someone.

Thursday, July 12, 5-7 p.m. Dance and Romance. Shake up your routine and celebrate the last night of our adult summer reading program. This will be the final night to submit entries into the statewide grand prize drawing.

St. Martin Public Library • 392-3250
Thursday, June 7 Yoga with Betty O’Brian, 5:30 - 7 pm. Having a hard time relaxing and getting a good night sleep? Join us for a time of basic yoga techniques you can use every day.

Thursday, June 14 Personal Safety with Deputy Damazio, 5:30 - 7 pm. Feeling the need to be a little more proactive about your personal safety? Join our special guest Damazio as she gives practical advice for safety and self defense.

Thursday, June 21 Beginning Guitar Workshop, 5:30 - 7 pm. Do you have a guitar and want to learn how to play? Need help choosing a new guitar?
Join us for a night full of musical instruction and fun with Roger Teague.

Thursday, June 28 Shadowz Paranormal Investigations, 5:30 - 7 pm. Think the house next door is haunted? Ever seen a ghost or just love a good ghost story? Join us with special guests from Shadowz Paranormal Investigations. You’ll have a chilling good time!

Thursday, July 12 Campfire Storytelling, 5:30 - 7 pm. Calling all storytellers!! Do you have a good story to share? Do you just like to sit and listen to good old fashioned storytelling? We have a couple of excellent storytellers lined up but we need you and your stories too. Join us for a great time around our "campfire."

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