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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.
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.
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.
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• Local Libraries offer "MANGO" Language Learning On-Line
• Library System continues Read-Down Fines Program for Children
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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.