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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 @ 3:30 pm** Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

Monday, June 04 - All the Jazz; Roaring 20’s & 30’s Come as a Flapper or come as you are. Come as a Gangster or a Silent Film Star! It will be fun- no matter how you dress…Just come join us, we’ll do the rest.” (Prizes for best 20’s attire!)

Monday, June 11 - Just a Swingin’! Big Band Swing Music from the 40’s – Team up with a friend to create art for the ceiling of the youth area based on children’s book characters while enjoying to Big Band Era music from the 40’s!! … (Supplies will be furnished)

Monday, June 18 - I Love Rock & Roll! 50’s music and dance fun! “White Tees & Blue Jeans with Buddy Holly shades…Guys… this was all the rage! Girls… Poodle skirts with scarves in your hair; frosty shakes. You gotta be there! Join us at the EC Hop for sweet fountain treats and an awesome time! (Prizes for best 50’s attire!)

Monday, June 25 - Money, Money, Money! Come learn with Merchants and Marine Bank’s Shelley Brockway as she shares how teens can responsibly handle their hard-earned money with bank savings account and a debit card! Presented by Shelley Brockway of M&M Bank.

Monday, July 02 - Don’t Worry… Be Happy …Hippie! Visit the 60’s era! Put on mini- skirts & your boots made for walking…Dust off your colorful bell-bottoms & your vests -Wear your love beads! Get your groove on… 60’s style. (Prizes for best 60’s attire)

Monday, July 09 - I will Survive …70’s Disco Music Wear your disco threads…put platform shoes on your feet; DJ Micki will rock the beat! Hustle on over on your dancing feet …to celebrate the 1970’s! (Prizes for best 70’s attire)

*Tuesday, July 10, 2-4 pm: Name That Tune We are totally celebrating the 80’s! Back to the days of heavy metal bands & big teased hair…go find funky leg warmers; or muscle shirts; or acid wash to wear. A blast from the past…be there or be square! (Prize for best 80’s attire…fur sure)

GAUTIER Teens! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
Programs on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

June 5; Teen Guitar Hero Tournament! Show us your rocking skills in this single elimination event!

Jun 12; Let’s Talk Music! Learn about genres and the music writing process from professionals in the field.

June 19; Synesthesia! Show us what you hear! Create beautiful works of art to different styles of music.

June 26; Compact Art! Learn how to make a masterpiece with old discarded CD’s.

July 3; Sing Your Heart Out! Come enjoy some friendly Karaoke. No competition, no judgement. Just share your voice and your time.

July 10; Finale Rocktacular! Rock out to a live band and listen to their journey through country and genre to become one of Mobile’s leading local rock bands.

All supplies are provided. Earn, create, and compete for great prizes including a Grand Prize drawn during our finale event.

LUCEDALE TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Mondays at 1 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

Monday, June 4, 1 pm: Rock with Musical Instruments! Megan Pierce will demonstrate musical instruments of all kinds. Megan teaches 6th grade band at our local school.

Monday, June 11, 1 pm: Jazzercise Rocks! Michelle White, from the Wellness Center, will be leading in some jazzercise! Bring your friends for a fun filled workout (wear loose fitting clothing).

Monday, June 18, 1 pm: Dance! Dance! Dance! Jennifer’s School of Dance will be strutting their stuff to great music - get up and dance!

Monday, June 25, 1 pm: Glitter Like a Rock Star! Learn what it takes to break into the music business with Naomi Taylor.

Monday, July 2, 1 pm: Name that tune! Music through the decades with Cindi Burgan. Can you name that tune? Challenge your friends to do the same.

Monday, July 9, 1 pm: Mississippi Artists with local musician Dana Woods. Listen to great original songs from singer, song-writer Woods. Enjoy a fun mini-concert and discussion.

Refreshments provided at all programs by the Friends of the Lucedale/George County Public Library.
All programs will held in the meeting room.

Look for more news soon!

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

MOSS POINT TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Thursdays @ 2 pm. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

June 7 - Musical Instruments and the Sounds They Make. Presented by Kelly Thibault and Company-Mr. Thibault and friends will be demonstrating a variety of musical instruments, background information about each one, and the sounds they make. Teens will get to try out the instruments and ask the musicians questions.

June 14 - Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). Using the Dance Dance Revolution game, teens will dance the afternoon away, compete with their friends to see who the best dancer is, and have tons of fun in the process.

June 21 - Step Up Dance Demonstration. Brought to us by the Studio of Dance and Gymnastics-Dancers from the studio will be presenting for our teens many different dance styles in an exhilarating fashion.

June 28 - Pet Rock Band. Teens will create their own Pet Rock Band Members! Music is the inspiration; guitarists, drummers, singers, and musicians of all types will be in the “Pet Rock Band.”

July 5 - Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Teens will divide into teams and be participants on the game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” We will see who knows their music!

July 12 - Music Genres Through the Years. Presented by Kelly Thibaute and Company, the gang is back to liven up the crowd playing hits from a variety of music genres. Live music soothes the soul!

OCEAN SPRINGS TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All programs on Tuesdays @ 2:00 p.m. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

June 5, “Bucket Drumming” Monique Stevenson, OS Library Youth Services, will show students how to bucket drum. Participants will learn rhythm and syncopation through this fun experience and rock the library.

June 12, “CD Jewelry Making” Natalie Webb, local artist, will show participants how to make beautiful personalized jewelry using recycled Cd’s. This project is sure to rock!

June 19, “Song Writing Workshop” Have you ever wanted to make your own music? Singer/Songwriter, Dana Woods, will give a song writing workshop and share her song writing experience as a recording artist.

June 26, “Design your own Bag” Local artist, Natalie Webb, will assist teens with dying their own canvas bags.

July 3, “DIY Rock Painting” Create a masterpiece using nature’s smallest canvas. Monique Stevenson, OS Youth Services, will be available to assist participants decorating beautiful rocks with an endless combinations of paint, markers, and embellishments.

July 10, “Rock’N Cupcake Challenge” Do you like cupcakes? Decorate three with our theme: Libraries Rock! Vote for your favorite cupcakes from the group. Winners will receive a prize and everyone gets to eat rock ‘n cupcakes! All supplies will be provided - just bring your creativity! Open to grades 6-12. Pre-registration is suggested -- supplies limited.

PASCAGOULA TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All programs on Tuesdays @ 2 pm. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

June 5, at 2 pm: Name that Tune Join us for a fun filled hour of music games. Can you name that song or Theme song? Do you have what it takes to win the ultimate music challenge?

June 12, at 2 pm: Library Dance Party Join us as we learn a choreographed dance routine from Stephanie Long. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to move!

June 19, at 2 pm: Libraries Rock Jeopardy Join us and test your knowledge about music! Compete to see if you have what it takes to beat the other competition.

June 26, at 2 pm: Libraries Rock with History Join us as we learn about Mississippi music history. Amanda Brooks from our Singing River Genealogy - Local History Library will guide us on a journey through local music history.

July 3, at 2 pm: Rock the Mic! Join us as we Rock the Karaoke Mic! Come belt out your favorite song or try something new and bring your friends!

July 10, at 2 pm: Party Like a Rockstar Join us as we celebrate the end of the Teen Summer Library Program with a dance party! Enjoy dancing, door prizes, and refreshments.

ST. MARTING TEENS! Summer Programs @ Your Library!
All Programs on Wednesdays @ 2 pm. Registration begins Tuesday, May 29

June 6 - 2 pm; Guitars Rock - Thinking about playing the guitar or wondering how to change a string? Let Roger Teague answer your questions and show you how it’s done!

June 13 - 2 pm; Song Writing Rocks - Do you have a song in you just waiting to come out? Then this is the program for you! Roger Teague has written and performed his own music for several years and will be here to answer your questions.

June 20 - 2 pm; Guitar Picks Rock - We’ll have all the supplies you need to create your own custom guitar pick. Don’t play guitar, not a problem. Guitar picks can be used for jewelry and much more.

June 27 - 2 pm; Let’s Rock! - We’re going to customize our own cardstock guitars and have an air guitar contest.

July 11 - 2 pm; Pets Rock - Do you need a pet that won’t bark, need litter or feeding? Then we have the perfect pet for you, a pet rock. We’ll have all the supplies you need to create your very own pet.


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

June 5, 4-5 pm: Concert with Gram Rea! Local Singer/Songwriter, Gram Rea, will be coming to provide demonstrations and hands-on experiences with a variety of different stringed instruments. He will also perform some of his own, original music!

June 12, 4-5 pm: Karaoke Night! Come and join us for a fun afternoon of Karaoke at the library! Come and sing some of your current favorite songs, or go old school with some rockin’ oldies.

June 19, 4-5 pm: Splatter Paint with Cody! Local artist Cody “The Bearded One,” will be sharing with us splatter painting methods. Create your own musical instrument masterpiece using these techniques.

June 26, 4-5 pm: Songwriting & Music with Dana! Learn more about the ins and outs of the songwriting process and what goes into creating your own music. Dana Woods will be sharing with us some of her original songs along with other songs written by Mississippians. Join us for a fun afternoon of music!

July 3, 4-5 pm: Musical Crafts! Get creative by making scratch art with C.D.’s. Make some new artwork as decorations for your room or house. We will also be decorating our ear buds to give them a cool look as well as keep them protected!

July 10, 4-5 pm: Dance, Dance, Dance! Join in a fun introduction to the basic art of hip-hop and jazz dance. Learn proper stretching and warm up routines as well as a short choreographed number taught by Joleen Sanders of Vancleave’s Starz of the South Performing Arts Studio.


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.