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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Fun With Friends Storytime offered at area Libraries

St. Martin Library to hold four-day Book Sale - Aug 27-30

Lucedale Library Friends Holds Semi-Annual Book Sale - Aug 26 - 30

Ocean Springs Library offers Meditation Workshop - Aug 28

Free Diabetes Management Session at Pascagoula Library - Aug 29

Vancleave Library Friends Host Annual Photo Contest - Sept 2-24

Moss Point Library Friends host Exhibit and Reception for Kelli Bosarge - Sept 2

Students offered after-school "Kraft Korner" at Moss Point Library - Sept 3

Ocean Springs Library hosts Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Contest - Sept 6

Literacy Council to host READ event at Pascagoula Library with guest authors - Sept 6

Public invited PRAC Coastal Birding program at the Moss Point Library - Sept 9

Learn to Crochet Class offered at Gautier Library - Sept 10

Vancleave Library hosts Free Movie Day event - Sept 11

Ocean Springs Library hosts Reiki Attunement workshop - Sept 11


On-Going Events & Meetings

Vancleave Library offers new Book Club

New time for preschool Storytime at Moss Point Library

Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

Vancleave Library offers Dancing with Seniors dance classes - Tues. & Fri. in August

Friends of the Moss Point Library - Meeting 1st Monday of the month

Sign Language Classes at Gautier Library - Tues. & Thurs.

eBooks are Here! Have an eReader? Want to know more?

Library System brings ebooks to patrons through Axis 360 Digital Media Library


September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Library System encourages students to get a library card and to support the Animal Shelter

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Jackson-George Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that students have the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Getting a card is easy. There is no waiting period, and no minimum residency requirement. Patrons can check out two items at that time. Your child may have a library card. There is no minimum age. At age 18, your teen can get a card on their own signature. All that's needed is a driver's license, Social Security Card or an official photo I.D., and proof of address (such as a bill mailed to your address).

This year, the Library System is using the theme "If I could read, I’d have a library card" along with photos of adoptable pets at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

"We are partnering with the county's animal shelter to bring awareness to the needs of shelters as well as promote library card registrations. We hope that those who see the posters will want to get a library card, adopt a pet, or support the animal shelters by donating needed supplies," said library public relations manager Rex Bridges.

The local animal shelter will accept donations of dog and cat food,cat litter, old towels, and blankets, as well as other items. For more information about the Jackson County shelter, call 497-6350.

To sign up for a library card, visit any JGRLS branch in person.


Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

The Vancleave Public Library will continue the free "Beginning Chair Yoga" classes with local instructor Carol Mathews from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the library meeting room. Classes will continue to be held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout the month.

Carol is a retired special needs teacher and is working toward her certification with River Rock Yoga. This is a limited, low impact class and is designed for individuals who may work daily at a desk or those with physical limitations.

Class size limited. Participants should register by calling the library at 826-5857 or visit the library at 12604 Hwy 57 near the schools.


New time for preschool Storytime at Moss Point Library

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library has announced a new time and day for preschool storytime on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the library.

The children’s programs will be coordinated with youth services assistant LaDonna Sims. She will tell stories, offer crafts, and more during the new storytime hour. Groups should call for reservations.

For more information, call the library at 228-475-7462 or visit at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown.


Vancleave Library offers new Book Club

The Vancleave Public Library is inviting anyone "Fiction Addiction" a new book club meeting each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Those who attended the Adult Summer Reading programs will enjoy this new club! Patrons may bring a friend and meet with others who like to share their good reads and have fun.
Coffee will be provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Public Library.

For more information, call 826-5857 or visit the library at 12604 Highway 57.


Vancleave Library offers Dancing with Seniors dance classes - Tues. & Fri. in August

The Vancleave Public Library will host "Dancing with the Senior Stars" beginning August 1, at 9:30 a.m. in the library meeting room. Sessions will be offered each Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. through the month of August.

Anyone interested in dancing, fun, and exercise may attend. Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

Local resident James Hall will be offering free instruction in various styles of line dancing such as Charleston, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Country, Cajun and Rock n’ Roll - just to name a few.

Registration is suggested as space is limited by calling 826-5857. The library is located at 12604 Hwy 57 near the schools.


Sign Language Classes at Gautier Library - Tues. & Thurs.

Sign Language classes are again being offered at the Gautier Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays begining at 4:30 p.m. The classes are free and open to anyone interested.

Jean Stephens will be teaching these very popular classes. She has been teaching sign language for many years in Mississippi and in other states in the south.

Anyone interested, age eight and up, should call the Gautier Public Library to register - 497-4531. Classes are limited to eighteen and will fill up quickly. Each participant needs to bring a three-ring binder and notebook paper.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the Jackson County Community College.


Fun With Friends Storytime offered at area Libraries

Area libraries will host several special storytimes in August celebrating "Fun with Friends" - a series of stories that stress the importance of respect for others.

Parents, children and friends are invited to join Sommer Baker from C.A.N.D.Y. (Citizens Against Needless Death in Youth) and have fun with friends at Storytime. She will focus on teaching preschool children about mutual respect for each other. It will be a fun and interactive session to highlight kindness.

Scheduled programs will be held at 10 a.m. at the following locations: Ocean Springs Municipal Library - August 20, Lucedale-George County Public Library - August 26, and St. Martin Public Library - August 28.

C.A.N.D.Y., a United Way Agency, is a child safety advocate organization teaching awareness and prevention on all child safety issues, such as buckling up, bicycle helmet use, social safety, and poison prevention.

For more information about C.A.N.D.Y., call the office at 769-2175. For more information about library storytimes, call youth services coordinator, Bethany Carlisile, at 228-769-3060, ext. 232.


St. Martin Library to hold four-day Book Sale - Aug 27-30

The St. Martin Library will host one of their biggest Book Sales of the year beginning Wednesday, August 27, and will end Saturday, August 30. The book sale will be held in the meeting room during library hours.

Materials for sale are bargain-priced from 25¢ to $1. Some specially priced items will be available. Also available are children’s videos, books on tape and some music CDs.

All proceeds will go to the Friends of the St. Martin Library. They lobby for and help raise funds to support enhancement and expansion of public library services. Proceeds will go toward projects about the library and special programs.

For more information, call the library at 392-3250. The library is located at 15004 Lemoyne Boulevard in St. Martin.


Lucedale Library Friends Holds Semi-Annual Book Sale - Aug 26 - 30

The Lucedale-George County Public Library will host their Friends of the Library Semi-Annual book sale starting Tuesday, August 26, through Saturday, August 30, beginning at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

Like new books will be offered for as little as 50¢ each. Fiction and non-fiction, paperbacks, magazines, and videos will be offered. Children’s books and other materials will also be for sale - most are under $1.

Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Lucedale-George County Public Library. The group of local library supporters will use the funds to help the annual programs, future library projects, and other needs around the library.

For more information, call the library at 947-2123, or visit at 507 Oak Street, next to City Park.


Ocean Springs Library offers Meditation Workshop - Aug 28

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host Meditation with Moira on Thursday, August 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room.

The free workshop will offer the basics of cocentration and meditation techniques to promote mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Register today to attend this free workshop by calling 875-1193.

Moira Anderson is a certified professional level Kripalu Yoga teacher and trainer, registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-500 hour level. She is also the director/owner of River Rock Yoga. Moira is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

She shares her love of yoga with students, directing programs and workshops along with teaching regional programs. She spends her week teaching therapeutic yoga at a psychiatric center using yoga to assist adults and adolescents who deal with PTSD, anxiety, depression and other issues.

The library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue behind City Hall downtown. For more information, call the library.


Free Diabetes Management Session at Pascagoula Library - Aug 29

The Pascagoula Public Library is offering free Diabetes Management information on Friday, August 29, from 1:00 to 3 p.m. that will be led by Linda Gwaltney, certified diabetes educator.

The sessions will include information from healthcare professionals and advice for better diabetes management. Also offered will be A1C and how it affects blood sugar, meal planning and exercise, medical tests, medications, and the importance of checking blood sugar levels.

Sessions are limited to those who are 18 years of age or older. For more information, call the library at 769-3060, ext. #1 or visit 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Moss Point Library Friends host Exhibit and Reception for Kelli Bosarge - Sept 2

The Friends of the Moss Point Library will host an art exhibit "Sweet Retreat: Art & Paintings by Kelli Bosarge" and artist reception on Tuesday, September 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Kelli’s art will be shown in the Ruth Horn meeting room during the month of September.

The public is invited to attend and bring family and friends to this event to celebrate Art at the Library. Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

Kelli Bosarge is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. She has had a sincere appreciation for art since kindergarten. In high school, Kelli discovered a love for graphic arts and commercial printing, and began training in a local print shop at the age of fifteen. She joined the Vocational-Industrial Clubs of America (now called Skills USA) and represented South Mississippi in state competition, receiving a silver medal in Graphic and Print Communications in 1994.

The library is located at 4119 Bellview Street in Moss Point. For more information call 288-475-7462.


Students offered after-school "Kraft Korner" at Moss Point Library - Sept 3

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will offer students a "Kids Kraft Korner" arts and crafts hour beginning Wednesday, September 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Students can have fun and use their imagination to make hand-made gifts or works of art at the library every Wednesday after school.

The Friends of the Library will provide supplies and materials.

For more information, call 228-475-7462 or visit the library at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown.


Ocean Springs Library hosts Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Contest - Sept 6

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a special "Mad Hatter Tea Party & Hat Contest" on Saturday, September 6, starting at 1 p.m. in the meeting room. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

This event is for all ages who wish to make a hat and bring it to be judged at the party. Photos of each contestant and hat will be taken and posted on the library's Facebook page. The winner will be the one with the most “likes” from Facebook friends.

Hats will be displayed in the front display case and staff will judge entries in two categories; Adult and Children. Staff favorites will win prizes too. Entry forms will be available and must be turned in for judging.

Registration is suggested as space will be limited by calling the library at 228-875-1193. Costumes are encouraged by not required to attend.

The library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue behind City Hall.


Public invited PRAC Coastal Birding program at the Moss Point Library - Sept 9

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will offer a free program with the Pascagoula River Audubon Center about coastal birds on Tuesday, September 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the library meeting room.

The presentation will be led by Sarah Pacyna from the Pascagoula River Audubon Center with a discussion of a new conservation project: the Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program.

Learn about migratory birds and what volunteer efforts are being made by the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.

Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

For more information, call 228-475-7462 or visit the library at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown.


Literacy Council to host READ event at Pascagoula Library with guest authors - Sept 6

The Jackson County Literacy Council and the Pascagoula Public Library will host "Authors bring literacy to life" – a celebration of International Literacy Day. The annual READ event will be held at the library on Saturday, September 6, beginning at 2 p.m.

Scheduled authors to attend are Marques Lipsey, Valerie Winn, and Cynthia T. Toney. Authors will read from their books and have them available for signing.

Refreshments will be served. The Literacy Council will also be giving away door prizes.

International Literacy Day is celebrated to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. More than 759 million adults – 16% of the world’s population – are non-literate. In the United States, there are 36 million adults who can't read better than the average third grader. Without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, these Americans are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families.

Council director Alexandria Taylor-Barial said, "The Jackson County Literacy Council’s annual READ program is a wonderful and interactive way to express the love, the importance, and the significance of reading in our everyday lives."

The council’s focus is on literacy which is at the heart of basic education for all. It is essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.

For more information and for volunteering, call the Literacy Council at 228-762-2814. The Jackson County Literacy Council is a United Way agency.

The Pascagoula Public Library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Learn to Crochet Class offered at Gautier Library - Sept 10

The Gautier Public Library "Learn to Crochet!" a free beginners workshop on Wednesday, September 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The classes are free and open to anyone interested and is hosted by Angie Herport as she teaches beginning techniques for this creative craft.

Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling 497-4531.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the Jackson County Community College.


Vancleave Library hosts Free Movie Day event - Sept 11

The Vancleave Public Library will host a free Family Movie Day feature presentation on Thursday, September 11, at 4:00 p.m.

The movie will be a currently popular Captain America: The Winter Soldier super hero film with plenty of action for everyone. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library.

For more information about free programs, call the library at 826-5857 or visit at 12604 Highway 57.


Vancleave Library Friends Host Annual Photo Contest - Sept 2-24

Family vacations, a new baby, nature trails, weddings - all these and more present the perfect opportunity to enter the Annual Friends of the Vancleave Public Library Amateur Photography Contest.

Entries may be submitted to the library beginning September 2, through September 24. Judging will be Friday, September 26. Photographs will be on display in the library until Tuesday, October 8, at the library.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 7, at 6 p.m. at the Awards Reception at the Library. The general public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Friends memberships will also be available for just $5.

A People's Choice winner will also be selected and displayed with special recognition. The winner will be chosen by the general public in a secret ballot.

The contest will offer ribbons and awards in five categories and three age groups. An entry fee of $3 per photo will be charged for adults, $2 per photo for teens 12 to 18 years in age, and $1 per photo for children 11 and under. Funds will be used by the Friends to support library programs, collections and events.

Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Adult Best of Show and $25 cash award will be given. A Best of Show Award and $15 cash, in honor of Harry Ramsay, will be presented for outstanding photography in the teen category, and a $10 Best of Show award will be presented in the children’s category.

Categories include: people, animals, landscapes, computer enhanced, and miscellaneous. Photos may be in either black and white or color, and should measure between 8 by 10 and 11 by 14 inches. Entry forms and complete rules are available at the library or on the library website - ENTRY FORM.

The Vancleave Public Library located at 12604 Highway 57. For more information, call the library at 228-826-5857.


Ocean Springs Library hosts Reiki Attunement workshop - Sept 11

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a Reiki Workshop on Saturday, September 11, starting at 6 p.m. in the meeting room.

Anyone interested may attend this free Reiki, healing through laying on of hands and energy transfer, workshop led by Reiki Master Sandrine Daubord.

Participants will discuss Reiki and may experience Reiki attunement. Reiki is a laying-on of hands energy technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to tap the unlimited supply of “life energy” to improve well-being and enhance one’s quality of life.

Class size is limited - registration is required by calling the library at 875-1193 before September 10.

The library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue behind City Hall..


Friends of the Moss Point Library - Meeting 1st Monday of the month

The Friends of the Moss Point Library will host monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month. Patrons may visit the meetings in the Ernestine Fountain meeting room. The Friends will provide refreshments.


Sign Language Classes at Gautier Library - Mondays & Thursdays

Sign Language classes are being offered at the Gautier Public Library on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. The classes are free and open to anyone interested.

Jean Stephens will be teaching these very popular classes. She has been teaching sign language for many years in Mississippi and in other states in the south.

Anyone interested, age eight and up, should call the Gautier Public Library to register - 497-4531. Classes are limited to eighteen and will fill up quickly. Each participant needs to bring a three-ring binder and notebook paper.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the Jackson County Community College.


Vancleave Library offers Club for "Bookaholics"

The Vancleave Public Library is inviting anyone interested in forming a new book club to join them on Monday, beginning at 1 p.m. The club will continue meeting every first Monday each month.

Those who attended the Adult Summer Reading programs will enjoy this new club! Patrons may bring a snack or lunch and bring a friend, meet with others who like to share their good reads and have fun.

Tea or lemonade will be provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Public Library.

For more information, call 826-5857 or visit the library at 12604 Highway 57.


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