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Library System hires new Staff Development and Computer Training Coordinator

Recently, the Jackson-George Regional Library System hired Kimberly Harvey as the new staff development and training coordinator. She will also be leading computer training classes for the public offered each month at area libraries.

She was previously employed with the Moss Point School District as an English teacher.

Her education includes an Associate's Degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2004, a Bachelor's Degree in English Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007, and has over 20 years of experience working with technology and training.

For anyone interested in what the library offers the public, class schedules are posted on the library website on the last week of each month. Classes typically include: Using the Internet, Downloading eBooks, Basic e-mail for new users, MS Word, and much more. Location and class size vary from week to week.

For program schedules, free classes, branch locations and registration, visit the library website at the Computer Classes page.

Library System Celebrates National Library Week Apirl 14-19

The Jackson-George Regional Library System joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-19, with the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
The Jackson County Supervisors presented a proclamation for the Library System in celebration of the week. For more programs and events, click here.

Those attending were JC District 5 Supervisor John McKay, JC District 1 Supervisor Barry Cumbest, JGRLS Director Lori Smith, JC District 3 Supervisor Mike Mangum, JC District 4 Supervisor and Board President Troy Ross, JC District 2 Supervisor Melton Harris.

Library System Offers Read-Down Fines Program for Adults during April

The Jackson-George Regional Library System is offering a special program for adults who may owe library fines for overdue books or library materials.

Beginning April 1, adults may read-down fines by reading to themselves or to another person instead of paying the fine owed. Previously, only children to age 17 could participate in the ongoing program.

Adults 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.

Library director Lori Smith said, "The purpose of this program originally was to empower older children to do something about fines owed to the library. We will be offering it to adults during the month of April in celebration of National Library Week."

Details for the program are: Adult patrons who owe fines may read down fines during April only. Fines for lost or damaged books are not included in this program. 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 an adult needs to purchase a replacement card but has no money, they can read for 10 minutes to cover that fee.

Patrons may call their branch library for information about their accounts.

East Central Friends announce Winners of the Cooking Contest

The contest, which featured cash prizes, is sponsored by the East Central Friends of the Library as a fund-raising event. Contestants were asked to submit samples and recipes of their best holiday treats for judging.

Library System promotes Smith to Director

The Jackson-George Regional Library System Board of Trustees has named Lori Ward Smith as Director beginning November 1st. She was promoted from the Pascagoula Public Library where she served as branch manager for the past three years.

She will take the position that was held by Carol Hewlett who recently retired with 15 years of service with the system.

"I am incredibly happy to be selected as library system director," said Ms. Smith. "I feel fortunate to be able to work with such a capable group of people who are totally committed to public service. I look forward to working with all the libraries and communities we serve."

While living in Pascagoula as a child, Lori received her first library card at the Pascagoula Public Library. She previously served as director of the Pickens County Cooperative Library System in Carrollton, Alabama. Lori is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and was awarded her Master of Library Service degree at the University of Alabama.

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Friends of the Vancleave Library photo contest winners announced

More than 26 entries received awards in the 23rd Annual Friends of the Vancleave Public Library Photography Contest. Contestants and their families were invited to the Friends of the Library reception to receive prizes and recognition in several categories.

The contest winners were awarded ribbons in three age groups: Children’s, Teen, and Adults along with the People’s Choice awards. Categories include people, animals, landscapes, computer-altered, and miscellaneous. See the slideshow here...

Winners of the 2013 Friends of the Vancleave Library photography contest were (left to right) Richard McNulty, Carlie Gregory, and Angel Wallen. They each won Best of show awards. Other 1st place winners were Stephson Bell, Debra Culpepper, and Monica Sullivan.

Best of Show winners were; Children's - Angel Wallen, Teen - Carlie Gregory, and Adult - Richard McNulty.
A People's Choice winner was selected and displayed with special recognition and was chosen by the general public by secret ballot. The People's Choice winner was Carlie Gregory. Her name will be displayed on a plaque, in honor of the late Harry Ramsay, for outstanding photography in the teen category.
Children's group winners were; Animals: Angel Wallen - first place and Dylan Culpepper - honorable mention.
Teen group winners were; Landscape: Carlie Gregory - first place, Brittanny White - second and third. Toni Lowery received honorable mention.
Adult group winners were; Animals: Richard McNulty - first place, Lawanna Jenkins - second, and Brenda Moseley - third. Richard McNulty, Lawanna Jenkins, and Jessica Breland Amonett received honorable mention. Landscape: Stephson Bell - first place, Monica Sullivan - second, and Melissa Gregory - third. Melissa Gregory and Tammy Rice received honorable mention.
Adults winners in other categories were; Miscellaneous: Debra Culpepper - first, Jian Ming Mei - honorable mention. Black and White: Monica Sullivan - first. Computer Altered: Theodore McCartney - second, Monica Sullivan - third, Theodore McCartney - honorable mention.

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

Library System honors Volunteers for 2013 - see the photos here...

The Jackson-George Regional Library System recently celebrated local library volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Reception at the Pascagoula Public Library. Along with a reception, the volunteers from the eight branch libraries received a certificate recognizing their service to the library.

Volunteers donated over 11,291 hours of service to the library system for 2012 - 2013. Those hours represent the equivalent of more than five full-time employees. Those hours included some very large projects during the past year including the annual summer reading programs, library projects and services, events and programs, and monthly Friends of the Library activities.

Top volunteers were recognized in three categories - overall library services, geneaolgy services, and youth services. These awards were given to volunteers who made an outstanding contribution in total hours and service to the library system.

The Mary Ann Louviere Teen Volunteer of the Year was Joanna Betts, from the Gautier Public Library. The award was named after Ms. Louviere, now retired, who served as coordinator with the library system for more than 24 years.

The Rita Krebs Genealogy Volunteer of the Year was presented to Georgia Jones from the Carver High Aliumni group who helped with program and event planning during the past year.

Receiving the top Flora S. Sholtes Volunteer of the Year award went to Janie Cameron from the Vancleave Public Library. She has been involved with the library for many years - assisting with several teen and adult programs.


See the Moss point video of the Chimney Switfts nesting

Library Admin and Managers tour Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs.
See the photos.

JGRLS Library Catalog App now available for mobile devices

Patrons of the Jackson-George Regional Library System may now download a new mobile app to access all library holdings available for circulation. A new version of the library catalog has been up and running for the past few months that now includes a visual interactive format.

The new LS2 Mobile PAC is a smart-phone interface that allows people to connect with the library from any place with mobile or Wi-Fi Internet service. Mobile users can search a participating library’s entire catalog and reserve titles to pick up at a convenient time. Additionally, users can check their account balances and cancel material holds on previously reserved titles.

The Library Corporation, the library system's software vendor, developed LS2 Mobile with the understanding that the desire to read a book, research a topic, or find an author may occur anytime, anywhere: A restaurant visit may trigger a search for a certain chef's cookbook; a young reader may want to reserve the latest title in a popular series; a family on the go may want to check out the latest DVD releases; a teen listening to a song in a coffee shop may want to know if his or her school library has that artist's CD. Whatever the need, there’s bound to be a book, CD, DVD, or audiobook in the local library.

To download the free app, visit the library website at: www.jgrls.org/TLCmobile.htm and scan the QR codes for Android or iPhone. For more information, call or visit a branch library.

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

East Central Library Friends host Annual Cooking Contest - winners announced!

Vancleave Library Friends Host Annual Amateur Photo Contest - See Photos


Library System offers Morningstar Investment Research Center on-line

Just in time for Tax Season, cardholders of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will be able to get a Post-Tax Financial Tune-Up with Morningstar Investment Research Center at the online website.

Tax season can be an opportunity to evaluate financial decisions made during the past 12 months. Reviewing how investment choices affect taxes, ensuring objectives are being met, and possibly rebalancing a portfolio are all valuable post-tax exercises. However, finding the right blend of investments that take into account stage of life and investing objectives requires updated and comprehensive investment research.

This subscription service is offered free of charge to library patrons. Gain access to Morningstar at www.jgrls.org/morningstar.htm and is available to one user at a time. A valid Jackson-George Regional Library card is required. To get a library card, visit any branch in the library system.

The library's website provides 24-hour remote access to Morningstar Investment Research Center. With a library card, patrons can gain access to current stock and fund information from home or office.

To help people achieve their financial goals, the Library System offers free access to the high-quality, up-to-the-minute data of Morningstar Investment Research Center, which includes reports on more than 35,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Library patrons can also gain access to proprietary analysis of 4,000 stocks and mutual funds, stock and mutual fund screening tools, and Portfolio X-Ray, which enables users to measure asset mix, sector weightings, and portfolio statistics.

Training seminars, interactive investing courses, and a glossary of investing terms are available on Morningstar Investment Research Center to help you sharpen your investing skills under the "help" link.

For more information, call 228-769-3060.


Jackson-George Regional Library System brings ebooks to patrons through Axis 360 Digital Media Library

The Jackson-George Regional Library System now has downloadable eBooks for patrons with a valid library card. This new lending service is partially funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Mississippi Library Commission for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The new Digital Library Materials catalog is available from the library website at www.jgrls.org/axis360.htm with instructions on using this new service. All eBooks may be checked out for up to three weeks and are limited to two selections per patron.

Axis 360 is a revolutionary digital media platform, providing libraries and their patrons with a state-of-the-art system for circulating enhanced digital content and Blio, the ground-breaking eReading software.

Patrons will enjoy the dynamic presentation of titles on the Axis 360 Magic Wall, the ease of locating books of interest on 'Browse by Subject' pages, as well as guidance provided by book reviews and recommendations for further reading.

Patrons will need to download the free Blio eReader software which is available for most popular eReader devises. The software is compatible with Windows for PC, iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Kindle Fire and some Android devises. Downloadable instructions and an informational video can be found on the Axis 360 page.

The library system is also asking patrons to fill out a user survey about ebooks as part of a state-wide effort to collect information. The seven-question survey is available on the library website as well as at branch libraries.


Lindsey entertains during week three at Summer Reading. See WLOX's video...

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.

The courses utilize an engaging interface and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for a foreign language. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations. Mango Languages is completely self-paced and the time it takes to build fluency is different from person to person.

To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, stop by the library a quick introduction. For more of how Mango works, visit the company's website at www.mangolanguages.com. Even better, library card holders with access to the Internet or iPhone can use the actual courses remotely from anywhere!.


Library System hires new Computer Trainer: Free Computer Classes available

The public is invited to register for free computer classes at branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System. Classes will be held every month at different library locations in Jackson and George counties.

Recently, the library system hired Janet Head Beatty as the computer trainer for public and staff training. She will facilitate all computer classes at branch libraries and work to provide training with Microsoft Office Suite software as well.

Janet earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and taught previously at the Ocean Springs High School at the Business & Computer Technology center. Organizations she has served were Future Business Leaders of America, DECA and others. She is married to Robert and lives in Moss Point with their son and daughter.

New class schedules are posted on the library website each month. Location and class size vary from week to week. Registration is required in advance. A valid JGRLS library card is required before registering for any class.

March classes include: Introduction to Microsoft Word, Introduction to the Internet, and Click your way to work - which requires basic computer knowledge. Classes will be offered at the Pascagoula Public Library and Lucedale-George County Public Library.

Registration opens on Monday each week at 9:00 a.m. for the following week's classes. Patrons wishing to take a class in Jackson County may register in person at the Pascagoula Public Library or by calling 769-3060, and pressing 1. Patrons wishing to take a class in George County may register in person at the Lucedale-George County Public Library or by calling 601-947-2123 at anytime or day after registration has been opened.

For locations and phone numbers to branch libraries, visit the branch listings.

Vancleave Library Friends Host Annual Amateur Photo Contest. See photos here...

Family vacations, a new baby, nature trails, weddings - all these and more present the perfect opportunity for the 22nd Annual Friends of the Vancleave Public Library Amateur Photography Contest.


Vancleave Library offers Aspiring Writers Workshop

The library will host three national authors of several popular subjects; paranormal-romance-suspense author Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, and historical romance author Manda Collins will talk about their latest novels and will sign books. They will also give advice on polishing writing skills and answer questions about breaking into the highly competitive publishing business.

Library System honors 2012 Volunteers at Annual Reception

Moss Point Library welcomed new MP schools Superintendent - photos

Pascagoula Library displays Star Wars memorabilia

Moss Point resident Rick Hightower started his Star was collection many years ago. His collection is now on display at the Pascagoula Public Library during the month of July and August.

Rick’s collection is still growing and many are over 30 years old - some still in original packaging. His most prized item is an R2-D2 beanie cap made for him by long time best friend Ingebritt Ziegler. He also has on display a full storm trooper costume along with action figures from the movie series.

Star Wars collector Rick Hightower stands with niece Aden Felts, wearing an R2-D2 beanie, in front of the display at the Pascagoula library.

His items will be on display at other libraries in the months to come. For more information, call the Pascagoula library at 228-769-3060 or visit the library at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.

Chimney Swifts Hatching at the Moss Point Library

The staff of the Ina Thompson Moss Point City Library are excited about the newly hatched Chimney Swift baby discovered this morning in their Chimney Swift Tower. Viewable from two cameras mounted in the tower, the staff and patrons have eagerly watched the young pair of swifts build the stick nest and lay eggs over the past several weeks. The second egg should also hatch today and provide a wonderful opportunity for patrons to watch as the chicks rapidly grow over the next month.

The Friends of the Moss Point Library funded the construction of the tower last summer through the efforts of a team of teens participating in the VISIONS Adventure program. Directed by Mozart Dedeaux of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, the VISIONS team erected the tower in Moss Point to help provide suitable nesting habitat for a bird that the National Audubon Society recognizes as a Species of Concern.  

Visions Service Adventures volunteers Ella Cobleigh, Deanna Ross, and Welles Mathison, built the structure that will house the Nature Cam”and record the Chimney Swift family hour by hour for visitors at the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library. The Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point designed the tower and selected all materials as well as video cameras and cables for the project.

Chimney Swifts naturally nest and roost in the hollows of large trees. Many also use stone chimneys in residences, many of which have been capped over the years. The combination of loss of natural tree nesting sites and artificial sites such as chimneys has led to a decline in the number of swifts across much of its range (the eastern U.S.).

Audubon is proud to be working with partners like the Jackson-George Regional Library System to highlight the plight and practical solution to the threat to this wonderful and helpful bird. Swifts eat small insects including mosquitoes, flies, gnats, winged ants and termites. They are of course also fun to watch as they gracefully fly above homes and cities chattering away through a pleasing chorus of chirps.   

Join the staff of the Ina Thompson Library in watching as the young swifts grow and in the process learn more about these wonderful birds. The Pascagoula River Audubon Center has also helped to have towers installed at schools and other locations across south Mississippi and its Chimney Swift Conservation Project is one of its designated Priority Conservation Projects. For more information on Chimney Swifts and how towers can be made, visit the Center’s website at pascagoulariver.audubon.org  or call the Center at 228-475-0825.

Contact Jamie Elston, Branch Manager of the Ina Thompson Moss Point City Library to arrange to view the library's tower and camera system at 228-475-7462. The 2012 VISIONS Team is currently in town and can be reached by calling Abby Long at 508-769-6252.

WLOX @ Yor Library: Library computer labs seeing record usage from job hunters


"We have an average of 1,600 to 1,700 users per month. And we have such a demand on the computers that we are getting three additional ones to give us a total of 14," said Library manager Janis Zuleeg. - WLOX

Pascagoula Library receives paintings from local artist

Local artist Walter Mansfield donated two paintings to the Pascagoula library's Genealogy and Local History Department in honor of retired Jackson County Archives employees Lois Castigliola and Betty Rodgers.
Walter is chairman of the Jackson County Genealogy and Local History Society's archeology committee. He is also a board member of the City of Pascagoula’s Preservation Board and an Ohr/O'Keefe Museum committee member. Walter studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.
One painting is a portrait titled "Southeastern Indian Shaman" and the other is titled "Ceremony" which depicts Native American Indians in a circle ceremony.
For more information,call 769-3060 or visit the library at 3214 Pascagoula Street downtown.

Presenting the paintings to the Pascagoula library's Genealogy and Local History Department are Lois Castigliola, branch manager Lori Smith, Walter Mansfield, department assistant Renee Gautier-Hague, and Betty Rodgers.

See photos from the Lucedale-George County Public Library's new sign dedication


Local Libraries offer "MANGO" Language Learning On-Line

Library System continues Read-Down Fines Program for Children

A Guide for Patrons to the current Economic Crisis - MSU Mitchell Memorial Library


Library System hires new Computer Trainer: Free Computer Classes available in April

The public is invited to register for free computer classes at branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System. Classes will be held every month at different library locations in Jackson and George counties.

Recently, the library system hired Janet Head Beatty as the computer trainer for public and staff training. She will facilitate all computer classes at branch libraries and work to provide training with Microsoft Office Suite software as well.

Janet earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and taught previously at the Ocean Springs High School at the Business & Computer Technology center. Organizations she has served were Future Business Leaders of America, DECA and others. She is married to Robert and lives in Moss Point with their son and daughter.

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.

The courses utilize an engaging interface and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for a foreign language. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations. Mango Languages is completely self-paced and the time it takes to build fluency is different from person to person.

To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, stop by the library a quick introduction. For more of how Mango works, visit the company's website at www.mangolanguages.com. Even better, library card holders with access to the Internet or iPhone can use the actual courses remotely from anywhere!

Library System continues Read-Down Fines Program for Children

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.

Children 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 18 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 child 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.

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