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Join Us For a Great Summer at our FREE Summer Reading Programs!

EAST CENTRAL Teens! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Mondays @ 4 pm** Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

June 8: Unmask Criminals! Cathy Sunday with the Jackson County Sheriff Department shares the process of tracking down criminals.
June 2*- Thursday Event @ 11 a.m. Summer Library Program 2016 Kick-off!! Join us at the ECHS Softball field for fun & games and a chance to meet the Mobile Bay Bears mascot “TEDDY”!
June 6 - Get in the Game Library Olympics - Who will win the library Gold? Join us for fun games and refreshments. June 13 - Um, Um Good and Good for You! - Come enjoy MSU Jackson County Extension Service agent, Caitlyn McLeod’s amazingly good treats that are nutritionally good for you too!
June 20 - Fit for Life! Ways for teens to exercise and stay fit… with Husband and wife trainers, Joe and Lori Ladnier, from Legendary Athletic.
June 27 - Feed Your Brain! Have you ever considered what foods are good for your BRAIN??. Come and learn with Caitlyn McLeod, MS State/Jackson Co. Extension Service.
July 5*- Tuesday Event - Fun with Fitness Join the trainers, Stormy & Lauren from Hurley Athletic Club for fun ways to keep fit and healthy as a Teen.
July 11 - Fabulous ‘50’s!….Calling all “Cool Cats” to join Mrs. Micki for a “boss bash” …1950’s style! “Make the scene” & have a “blast” with Food & Sounds! Threads (Costumes) from 50’s are welcomed.

GAUTIER Teens! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
Programs on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

June 7 - The Great Library Scavenger Hunt! Test your library skill as teams race to win the Gold! (Chocolate coins.)
June 14 - Library Games! Find out what it’s like to be a Librarian. Teams compete in the following games: Book Cart Relay Race, Book Stacking, Chair Race, and Wastepaper Basketball.
June 28 - 4-H Grows True Leaders Caitlin Joanne McLeod, Mississippi 4-H, is proud to offer programs and growth opportunities that put the heads, hearts, hands, and health of Mississippi’s youth to work learning and applying the essential elements of the 4-H program: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.
July 5 - Total Body Workout! Cardio, strength, and flexibility are all addressed with pro trainer Lydia Dahlke in a fun 50 minute workout using bands, balls, and body weight. It is recommended that closed back tennis shoes be worn. Bring a sweat towel and water.
July 12 - Wrap Up Party! Join us for a pizza party and games as we wrap up another awesome Summer Library Program.

LUCEDALE TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Mondays at 1 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

June 6 – Wrecked - Substance Abuse Prevention and Education program presented by the Lucedale Police Department DUI Division.
June 13 – Leave No Trace - Join JGRLS Youth Services Coordinator and Master Naturalist, Bethany Carlisle, as we learn about the value and importance of our actions in the great outdoors. Come prepared to get outside and move around.
June 20 – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover! - It’s speed dating with books. Can you decide if you like a book just by the cover art? This week you and I will see!! Presented by Youth Services Assistant Cindi Burgan.
June 27 – Summertime Fun & Fitness - Exercises and healthy eating tips for the summer from the Lucedale Wellness Center presented by Michelle White, Fitness Instructor.
July 11 – Wrap-up Party “Dance Cube” - Wear your fun party clothes and join us for this last day of fun! Throw the dice and dance what you roll! The Grand Prizes will also be given away today. We have 2 prizes to give away: An Amazon Fire and a Kindle Fire!!

Lucedale Library to host Teen Trivia Tuesdays in March

The Lucedale-George County Public Library will offer a Teen Trivia Tuesday for all teens in grades 6 through 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in March. The group will meet every Tuesday, except for holidays, each week.

Compete and test your knowledge by answering questions from various topics and have a blast! We'll have fun, enjoy snacks, and maybe win prizes!

Registration is a must as seating is limited! Call 947-2123. Sign up solo or pick a team of up to four friends in advance. Grades 6 to 12 please.

For more information, visit the library at 507 Oak Street, next to City Park.

Gautier Library organizes Youth Advisory Council on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

Teens of all ages interested in books, activities and programs are invited to join the group at the Gautier Public Library beginning Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The group will meet each first and third Tuesday of the month.

Teens attending may earn community service hours for scholarships or organizations. The group will also discuss new books and topics about the library.

For more information, call the library at 497-4531 or visit 2100 Library Lane, next to the Community College.

East Central Library looking Teen Advisory Group members!

   Teens in the Hurley-East Central community can take an active role in their community and their library by joining our TAG: Teen Advisory Board Group at the East Central Public Library.

Teens will have a voice in the library and plans for programs, collections and more. Be a part of the first ECPL Teen Advisory Group and let your voice be heard.

Hours volunteering at the library count towards community service you need for many organizations and scholarships. Meetings are held the first Monday of the month from 3:15 – 4:30 pm and open to students 6th grade and up.

For more information, call the library at 588-6263 or visit 21801 Slider Rd.

Join Us For a Great Summer at our FREE Summer Reading Programs!

MOSS POINT TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Wednesdays @ 2 pm. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

June 9 @ 2 pm: Get in the Game: Karate! Live Karate demonstration from Hayward Butler head instructor of Koast Karate Klub.
June 16 @ 2 pm: Get in the Game: Good Eats! Ruby Tuesday presents healthy and delicious eating for teens.
June 23 @ 2 pm: Get in the Game: PACT360- Police and Communities Together. Moss Point’s finest will speak to teens on the realities and consequences of substance abuse.
June 30 @ 2 pm: Get in the Game: Dance- Shmoney, wobble, or nae nae with Ms. Meredith, talented hip-hop dance instructor from Creative Dance and Gymnastics Studio of Moss Point, Ms.
July 7 @ 2 pm: Get in the Game: Brainercise! Brain exercise, brain nutrition, and brain teasers get into the gray matter with Ms. Caitlin from MS Extension Services.
July 14 @ 2 pm: Get in the Game: Library Games- bowling, book cart relays, and basketball!

OCEAN SPRINGS TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All programs on Tuesdays @ 2:00 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

JUNE 7 - Manga Art with Laurie Brenden - Laurie Brenden is a teacher and an artist, who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Funky, bold, and colorful are just a few of the words that can be used to describe this Fine Artist’s work. She has experience working with the following media: watercolor, chalk pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, graphite (pencil), charcoal, colored pencil, water-based oils, mixed media and much more.
JUNE 14 - Pizza Tasting – Compare different pizzas and assess for flavor, texture, looks and favorite.
JUNE 28 - Rock painting – Create painted rock pets, bugs, or favorite art to take home.
JULY 12 - Teen party with Sushi Candy – Celebrate end of summer reading with other teens by making candy sushi. There will be door prizes and award of raffle winner at this time.

PASCAGOULA TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All programs on Tuesdays @ 2 pm. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

June 9: Unmasking Super Savers. Join us as we talk savings with Keesler Federal Credit Union. Learn all about how to save for your future.
June 16: Unmasking Your True Identity. Join us as we discover our true identity. Do you have what it takes to be a hero or are you a villain?
June 23: Unmasking Heroes VS. Villains. Join us as we the Heroes take on the Villains in Jeopardy. Do you have what it takes to play?
June 30: Unmasking Local Heroes. Join us as we learn about local heroes from our Genealogy department. Discover if you have a hero in your family.
July 7: Unmask Your Creativity. Join us as we get creative for a craft day. Do you have the power to be creative?
July 14: Unmasked Games Party! Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a party.


ST. MARTING TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Tuesdays @ 2 pm. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

June 7 -Opening Games Party: Celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with games and snacks in Olympic style!
June 14 -Chocolate Games: Enjoy a delicious competition comprised of chocolate inspired events!
June 21 -Board Game Tournament: We’re having a tournament with a variety of popular board games to see who’s the top player!
June 28 -Trivia Tuesday: Join us at Trivial Pursuit Day to see who has acquired the most knowledge of a wide variety of topics.
July 5 -Blast From the Bast: Revisit the games and toys you used to love!
July 12 -Clue! Board Game Party: We’ll finish the summer with a party complete with COSTUMES, snacks and “the” board game!


VANCLEAVE TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31

JUNE 7 - Thrill Factor! - Extreme Gaming - We’ll jump into popular games with toe-clenching twists and dare to sample terrifyingly tantalizing treats.
JUNE 14 - Live Your Fantasy! – Enjoy table-top role playing games with Game Master Mike Redmond.
JUNE 21 - Rule the World! – Global gaming from countries far and wide! Bring your friends. Who will conquer the world?
JUNE 28 - High Tech: Are You Game? Bring your digital device and join in our digital treasure hunt.
JULY 5 - Old-School Play (Yes, your mother’s games!) Retro Gaming from the “Hand Jive” to marbles; we’ll play every “lame” game that your parents used to play.
JULY 12 - Become Your Hero! Intro to Cosplay. Choose a character from any fandom and make your own costume to roleplay at our Vancleave Library-Con on July 23.
JULY 23 - @ 12 noon - 4 pm - Vancleave Library-Con Cosplay in all your splendor in costume!


News, Information and Good Reading Await You @ Your Library!

Local Libraries offer "MANGO" Language Learning On-Line

All branches of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will be a great place to go to learn a foreign language. The library system has purchased a subscription to Mango Languages for on-line users. Anyone with a library card may access the new, web based service free of charge.

Mango Languages is now available and includes a variety of resources to help patrons learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world. Mango Complete Courses is a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. It is available in 31 foreign language and 14 ESL courses.

Library System continues Read-Down Fines Program for Students

The Jackson-George Regional Library System will continue to offer a special program for children and teens who may owe library fines for overdue library materials. Children may read-down their fines by reading to themselves or to another child in leu of paying an over-due fine.

Those under age 17 will get $1 taken off of their fines for every 10 minutes that they read. Any print media will be accepted, including children’s books, magazines, or even newspapers.

Regardless of how over-due fines were accrued, the parent might choose to require their child to read down their fines to teach them accountability.

Details for the program are: patrons must be under 17 years old; there is no sign up sheet or registration; and is based on the honor system. Reading down fines must take place at the library and is available up until thirty minutes prior to closing time.

If a student needs to purchase a replacement card but has no money, they can read for 10 minutes to cover that fee. Fines for lost or damaged books are not included in this extended program.