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Libraries Closed for Christmas and New Years

The branches of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Friday, December 22 through Monday, December 25. Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, December 26, at regular hours. Libraries will also close for New Years on Monday, January 1, and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, at regular hours.
The book drops and online services will still be available during the holidays.

EAST CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

East Central Library hosts monthly Lego Club event

The East Central Public Library will host Lego Club every second Tuesday each month from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the meeting room.
Legos will be provided. The club is open to children ages eight and up. Families are encouraged to attend this fun and creative event.
Children can learn personal, social, and recreational skills with LEGOs, such as; being motivated to learn, building confidence to try new activities, mathematical and creative development, using imagination in play, learn why things happen and how things work, and how to just have fun.
The library is located near the East Central Schools at 21801 Slider Road. For more information, call the library at 588-6263.

East Central Library Lapsit Story-time for babies

The East Central Public Library will present a special “Lapsit” storytime every second Tuesday each month at 10 a.m. in the library.
Micki Lofton, youth services assistant, will present a special storytime and activities event for parents with babies and toddlers. Parents and their children will enjoy an interactive time reading together, singing, and moving along with stories. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children from birth to four years of age may attend.
For more information, call the library at 588-6263. The Library is located at 21801 Slider Road near the schools in Hurley.

East Central Library looking Teen Board members

   Teens in the Hurley-East Central community can take an active role in the community and their library by joining the Teen Advisory Board at the East Central Public Library.
There will be meetings on the first Monday of the month. The next meeting is September 4, from 3:15 to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in grades 6 through 12.
Teens will have a voice in the library and plans for programs, collections and more. Share your ideas and be a part of the Teen Advisory Board. Hours volunteering at the library count towards community service you need for many organizations and scholarships.
For more information, call the library at 588-6263 or visit 21801 Slider Rd.

East Central Library hosts Page-turning Book club

East Central Public Library is the place to be for anyone that loves to read all types of books. Area book lovers are invited to join the “As the Page Turns” book club beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The club will focus on books and monthly topics. Share your opinions and discuss likes and dislikes of book titles. The Friends of the East Central Library will offer refreshments to the public. The club will meet every second Thursday each month with a new topic.
For more information, call the library at 228-588-6263. The library is located at 21801 Slider Road near the schools.

GAUTIER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Keep Calm and Yell Bingo offered at Gautier Library

Attend a special evening of Bingo at the Gautier Public Library on Tuesday, December 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the meeting room.
Adults 17 and older will enjoy bingo and be able to win prizes and socialize with others Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Gautier Public Library.
Call the library at 497-4531 for more information. The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the college campus.

Christmas Cuddle Story-time scheduled at Gautier Library

The Gautier Public Library will host special evening Christmas Cuddles Story-time on Tuesday, December 12, beginning at 5 p.m., in the meeting room to celebrate the holidays.
Parents and preschool children may attend in P.J.s and enjoy an evening of fun Christmas books, and songs. Children can make ornaments and help decorate the tree.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Gautier Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For information, call the library at 497-4531. The library is located at 2100 Library Lane, next to the college.

Gautier Library to host Christmas Jar Decorating for adults

The Gautier Public Library will host a free seasonal coloring party for adults on Monday, December 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the meeting room.
Attend this free craft program to make your own Christmas Mason Jar for the Holidays. Learn to make gifts friends and family will love. this craft event is intended for adults age 17 and up. All supplies and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Gautier Public Library.
Space is limited and registration is required prior to the event.
For more information, call the library at 497-4531. The library is located at 2100 Library Lane, next to the college.


 

 

 

 

LUCEDALE-GEORGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Lucedale Library to host Walk Indoors Exercise event

The Lucedale/George County Public Library will offer Walk Indoors Exercise programs every Tuesday in November beginning at 11 a.m. in the meeting room. The first session will be held Tuesday, November 7. Other dates are November 14, 21, and 28.
Adult patrons are invited for a free Walk Indoors Exercise program using the Leslie Sansone DVD every Tuesday in November. Water and light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Lucedale Library. Call 947-2123 to register.
For more information, call 947-2123 or visit the library at 507 Oak Street across from City Park.

Family movie scheduled at Lucedale Library

The Lucedale-George County Public Library will continue to offer free Family Movies on Saturdays. The next presentation will be held on Saturday, December 9, at 3 p.m., in the library meeting room.
The library will show a new movie featuring a holiday movie Howl-iday Adventure series, very popular with children. Patrons will enjoy light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.
Call the library at 947-2123 for a list of movies that we will show. For more information about library programs, visit us on Facebook. The library is located at 507 Oak St., across from City Park.

Children’s Craft Day scheduled at Lucedale Library

   The Lucedale/George County Public Library will offer Children’s Christmas Craft Day in celebration of the season on Saturday, December 9, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the library meeting room.
Children, ages twelve to six, are invited to make ornaments to celebrate the coming season in the meeting room. Create decorations for Christmas. All materials will be provided.
Call the library at 947-2123 for details. For more information about library programs, find us on Facebook or www.JGRLS.org. The library is located at 507 Oak St., across from City Park.

Teen Christmas Craft Day scheduled at Lucedale Library

   The Lucedale/George County Public Library will offer teen Christmas Craft Day in celebration of the season on Monday, December 11, at 5 p.m., in the library meeting room.
Teens, ages 12 to 17, are invited to make hand-made items or ornaments to celebrate the season in the meeting room. All materials will be provided to create decorations or other items for the holidays.
Call the library at 947-2123 for details. For more information about library programs, find us on Facebook or www.JGRLS.org. The library is located at 507 Oak St., across from City Park.

Trading Card Club continues at the Lucedale Library

The Lucedale/George County Public Library will host a Trading Card Club day on Saturday, December 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the meeting room.
Start trading and card collecting, play games, and role-play with others in the community. Whether a first timer or long time trader, join in the fun with gaming and fantasy play. Meet new collectors with similar interests and enjoy a great hobby.
For more information call the library at 947-2123 or visit the library at 507 Oak Street, across from City Park.

Lucedale Library to host Story-time

The Lucedale/George County Public Library hosts weekly Story-times every Tuesday for pre-school children and parents at 10 a.m.
Children will enjoy songs, coloring pages, and even craft time provided by the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Reading aloud to children help in many ways. Reading is important to help children recognize words and understand context. Reading stories to children introduces them to new words and phrases and is also a great way to model pronunciation. In a world of distractions, reading with children teaches them to focus. Asking simple questions about the story while reading helps to monitor understanding and keep children on task.
For more information, call 947-2123 or visit the library at 507 Oak Street across from City Park.


INA THOMPSON MOSS POINT LIBRARY

Moss Point Library to host Holiday Cookie Swap

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will host a Holiday Cookie Swap on Tuesday, December 12, beginning at 4 p.m.
Come enjoy some holiday cheer as we share both cookies and recipes with others at the library. Those participating should bring a gift bag of cookies and a copy of the recipe to trade with others. Coffee provided by the Friends of the Library. Space is limited for this event.
Sign up at the library or call 475-7462 today.
For more information, visit the library at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown or call 475-7462.

Moss Point Library to host Getting Dinner Ready workshop

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will host Getting Dinner Ready nutrition workshop on Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 6 p.m.
Is your family getting the nutritious food they need every day? Join us with MSU Extension Service coordinator Terri Thompson as she discusses basic nutrition for your family. This free workshop is intended for adults.
Seating is limited for this free workshop. Call the library to reserve a seat. For more information, visit the library at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown or call 475-7462.

Moss Point Library to host Last Jedi Movie Release Party

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will host a Last Jedi Movie Release Party on Friday, December 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Visit a galaxy far, far away at a library very, very near. Celebrate the release fo the Star Wars: The Last Jedi with a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Whether you’re a Jedi Knight or a Padawan Learner, be one with the Force and bring your friends!
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library in the meeting room.
For more information, visit the library at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown or call 475-7462.

 

OCEAN SPRINGS MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

Sensory Crafts event offered at Ocean Springs Library

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host Sensory Crafts events for parents and children on Thursday, December 14, at 6 p.m.
The free November craft event will consist of making Glitter Jars.
Parents and children are invited for a craft day at the library as we do hands-on crafts geared towards parents of children with disabilities such as ASD, ADHD, anxiety, SPD, or other sensory related issues.
These events are intended for ages 8 and up with parental supervision. Supplies will be furnished, but space is limited. Sign-up is required before the event date.
Call the library for more information - 875-1193. The Ocean Springs library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall.

Family Movie Saturday offered at Ocean Springs Library

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a Family Movie Day on Saturday, December 16, starting at 2 p.m. in the meeting room.
The movie is the story of social media’s popular emoji characters and is rated PG. Light refreshments and a popcorn will be provided by the Friends of the Ocean Springs Library. Bring your own snacks and folding chair or blanket.
The Ocean Springs library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall.

Family History Search workshop at Ocean Springs Library

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a free Search for your Ancestors workshop on Saturday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the library meeting room.
Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will show attendees how to use the popular FamilySearch.org website to locate information about family history. They will also provide four-generation charts at no charge to record the information. One-on-one help will be available after the session.
Attendees are asked to bring as much information as possible on family history. Specific names, dates, birth certificates, military papers, and places will be very helpful in research.
Registration is suggested as seating is limited. Call the library at 875-1193.
The Ocean Springs library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall.

Ocean Springs Library hosts Minecraft Club for Teens

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will continue to host Teen Minecraft Club on Thursdays and Saturdays at the library. Dates are December 9 - 10 a.m. - Noon, December 21 - 4 - 7 p.m. Call the library for more information- 228-875-1193.
Create and build, and bring your own computer/laptop or game system. Discuss what kinds of events to schedule and get to know others with like interests.
Participants must have their own copy of Minecraft. For ages 8 to 17. Sign up today at the front desk and receive a schedule. Children under age 10 must have parent or guardian present.
Visit the library for a full schedule for the fall months.
The Ocean Springs Municipal Library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall.

Teen Reading Club continues at Ocean Springs Library

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a new Teen Reading Club in the new Teen Area. Call the library for details.
Teens in grades 5 through 8 can read the book - love the book - talk about the book. The new group will meet monthly to hangout, have refresments, and discuss books selected by the group. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Students may register by calling the library at 875-1193 or visit in person. Get a meeting reminder from youth services clerk Maureen by text or email too.
The Ocean Springs library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall.

PASCAGOULA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Genealogy Library to offer Paper Holiday Ornaments Crafts

The Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library will host a free Holiday Ornament craft workshop on Tuesday, December 12, at 4:30 p.m., upstairs in the Pascagoula Library.
Patrons are invited to register for a free crafting event with Else Martin. She will showcase the history of paper ornaments from different cultures and how to make your own. Templates and supplies will be provided to make two ornaments - one to take home and one to decorate our tree!
Refreshments provided. Registration is requested by calling 769-3078. Seating is limited.
For more information, call the Signing River Genealogy and Local Library at 228-769-3078, or visit the library at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.

Can You Swing Ballroom dance lessons available at Pascagoula Public Library

The Pascagoula Public Library will host free Ballroom Dance lessons on Mondays in December, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free classes will be held on December 4, 11 and 18, in the meeting room.
Adults interested in beginning Ballroom Dance may attend and learn to basic dance moves to the melodies of Jazz, R&B, and upbeat classical music. Use dance styles of swing and ballroom. It’s fun, easy and self-rewarding.
Instructor Montrelle Ramey teaches at the Pascagoula Recreational Center where classes are on Wed. evenings at 6 pm. Find him at the Library’s Line Dancing Classes too.
Sign up today at the front desk or call 769-3060.
The Library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street.

Pascagoula Library schedules Line Dancing Classes

The Pascagoula Public Library will host Line Dancing at the Library on Thursday, December 7, 14, & 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room.
All ages are invited to join Erick Nicholson for some Line Dancing fun at the library to learn how to line dance. Start dancing to all types of music - from beginner to advanced.
Sign up today by calling the library at 769-3060. The Library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street.

ST. MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

St. Martin Library to hold two-day Book Sale

The St. Martin Library will host one of their biggest Book Sale of the year beginning Friday, December 8, through Saturday, December 9. The book sale will be held in the meeting room during library hours.
Materials for sale are bargain-priced. 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 next to the community center.

Blended Families parenting class offered at St. Martin Library

The St. Martin Public Library will host Blended, Not Stirred Family workshop at the library on Tuesday, December 12, beginning at 5 p.m. in the meeting room.
Adults and children are invited to listen to MSU extension agent Kimberly Gowdy at this free parenting class. Blended, Not Stirred: Perfect Recipe for a Blended Family is presented by the Harrison County MS State Extension Department.
Learn ways to help your blended family. Unrealistic expectations often set couples up to overcook their blended families. Trying to force, pressure, or quickly cook the ingredients of your home will likely result in a spoiled dish. Stepping down your expectations and giving your family time to cook slowly will make a more positive environment.
Call the library to sign up at 228-392-3250. The library is located at 15004 Lemoyne Boulevard next to the community center.



HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

January 1 -- New Year’s Day
Third Monday in January -- Martin Luther King Day
Winter (Day Before Ash Wednesday) -- Mardi Gras Day
Last Monday in May -- Memorial Day
July 4 -- Independence Day
First Monday in September -- Labor Day
Fourth Thursday in November -- Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving Day -- Thanksgiving Holiday
December 24 -- Christmas Eve
December 25 -- Christmas Day

 

VANCLEAVE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Vancleave Library offers Christmas in a Jar Crafting

The Vancleave Public Library will host a free Christmas in a Jar Crafting Workshop on Thursday, December 7, beginning at 5 p.m.
Adults are invited to get in the holiday spirit with this free craft event. Decorate and fill jars for gifts, décor, and fun. Refreshments and supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Public Library. This event is intended for ages 17 and up. Space is limited.
To register, call the library at 826-5857 or visit at 12604 Highway 57.

Vancleave Library to host Vancleave High Choir at a free Holiday concert

Celebrate the Holidays at the Vancleave Public Library with the Vancleave High School Ensemble on Tuesday, December 12, at 4 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration and listen to the Vancleave High School Choir perform holiday favorites with choir director Mr. Turner. Relax and celebrate Christmas and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Library.
For more information about programs, call the library at 826-5857 or visit 12604 Highway 57. Visit the website at www.jgrls.org.

Vancleave Library offers Unique Crochet Club classes

The Vancleave Public Library will host Unique Crochet Club class on Monday, December 11 and 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Patrons will hear from instructor Teresa Busby about new ideas and techniques. Learn the fundamentals and become empowered to crochet with confidence.
Those attending may bring supplies; a selection of yarn and crochet hooks. Anyone age 15 and older are encouraged to join free of charge. Space is limited.
To register, call the library at 826-5857 or visit 12604 Highway 57.

Santa to visit Vancleave Library for photos with children

Old St. Nick will be at the Vancleave Public Library to talk to children and families at “Pictures with Santa” on Tuesday, December 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Parents dress your kids up in their holiday best, and bring your camera. Santa Claus is coming to the Vancleave Library. Santa will talk to the kids and allow parents to take lots of photos beside the holiday scenery. Refreshments provided by The Friends of the Library.
The library is located at 12604 Hwy. 57. For more information about the book signing, call the library at 228-826-5857.

Quilting Club meet Mondays at Vancleave Library

The Vancleave Quilting Bees meet every Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Vancleave Public Library.
Anyone interested in quilting or wanting to join the group are invited to attend. Participants age 14 and up are welcome and usually feature a special “how to” session each month throughout the year.
For more information, call the library at 826-5857 or visit 12604 Highway 57.

Vancleave Library continues Chess Club and free lessons

Students interested in learning the game of Chess are invited to join the free Chess Club at the Vancleave Public Library on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Chess lesson sessions from library volunteers will be available for all skill levels. Learn to play chess, improve your game, learn new strategies, and have some fun. Find out if you have what it takes to beat your friends in the ultimate game of strategy.
For more information, call the library at 228-826-5857 or visit them at 12604 Highway 57. For more information, call the library at 228-826-5857 or visit them at 12604 Highway 57.


 

 

 

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