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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Fun With Friends Storytime offered at area Libraries

Vancleave Library Friends Host Annual Photo Contest - Sept 2-24

Learn to Crochet Class offered at Gautier Library - Sept 10

Vancleave Library hosts Free Movie Day event - Sept 11

Ocean Springs Library hosts Reiki Attunement workshop - Sept 11

Vancleave Library hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming for beginners - Sept 16

Pascagoula Library to host "Library Banned Book Feud" game show - Sept 23

Lucedale Library to host local historian for Sullivan's Hollow: Its History & People - Sept 23

Paper Folding workshop offered at St. Martin Library - Sept 25

Pascagoula Library offers free Financial Seminar - Sept 25

Nationally known author to visit Moss Point and Pascagoula Libraries - Sept 25 and 27

Pascagoula Library to celebrated Banned Books Week - September 21-27 - with Book Club discussion

Free Diabetes Management Session at Pascagoula Library - Sept 26

Pascagoula Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Sept 29


On-Going Events & Meetings

Vancleave Library offers new Book Club

New time for preschool Storytime at Moss Point Library

Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

Vancleave Library offers Dancing with Seniors dance classes - Tues. & Fri. in August

Friends of the Moss Point Library - Meeting 1st Monday of the month

eBooks are Here! Have an eReader? Want to know more?

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


September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

Library System encourages students to get a library card and to support the Animal Shelter

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Jackson-George Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that students have the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Getting a card is easy. There is no waiting period, and no minimum residency requirement. Patrons can check out two items at that time. Your child may have a library card. There is no minimum age. At age 18, your teen can get a card on their own signature. All that's needed is a driver's license, Social Security Card or an official photo I.D., and proof of address (such as a bill mailed to your address).

This year, the Library System is using the theme "If I could read, I’d have a library card" along with photos of adoptable pets at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

"We are partnering with the county's animal shelter to bring awareness to the needs of shelters as well as promote library card registrations. We hope that those who see the posters will want to get a library card, adopt a pet, or support the animal shelters by donating needed supplies," said library public relations manager Rex Bridges.

The local animal shelter will accept donations of dog and cat food,cat litter, old towels, and blankets, as well as other items. For more information about the Jackson County shelter, call 497-6350.

To sign up for a library card, visit any JGRLS branch in person.


Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

The Vancleave Public Library will continue the free "Beginning Chair Yoga" classes with local instructor Carol Mathews from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the library meeting room. Classes will continue to be held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout the month.

Carol is a retired special needs teacher and is working toward her certification with River Rock Yoga. This is a limited, low impact class and is designed for individuals who may work daily at a desk or those with physical limitations.

Class size limited. Participants should register by calling the library at 826-5857 or visit the library at 12604 Hwy 57 near the schools.


New time for preschool Storytime at Moss Point Library

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library has announced a new time and day for preschool storytime on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the library.

The children’s programs will be coordinated with youth services assistant LaDonna Sims. She will tell stories, offer crafts, and more during the new storytime hour. Groups should call for reservations.

For more information, call the library at 228-475-7462 or visit at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown.


Vancleave Library offers new Book Club

The Vancleave Public Library is inviting anyone "Fiction Addiction" a new book club meeting each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Those who attended the Adult Summer Reading programs will enjoy this new club! Patrons may bring a friend and meet with others who like to share their good reads and have fun.
Coffee will be provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Public Library.

For more information, call 826-5857 or visit the library at 12604 Highway 57.


Vancleave Library offers Dancing with Seniors dance classes - Tues. & Fri. in Sept.

The Vancleave Public Library will host "Dancing with the Senior Stars" Sessions will be offered each Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. through the month of September.

Anyone interested in dancing, fun, and exercise may attend. Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

Local resident James Hall will be offering free instruction in various styles of line dancing such as Charleston, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Country, Cajun and Rock n’ Roll - just to name a few.

Registration is suggested as space is limited by calling 826-5857. The library is located at 12604 Hwy 57 near the schools.


Learn to Crochet Class offered at Gautier Library - Sept 10

The Gautier Public Library "Learn to Crochet!" a free beginners workshop on Wednesday, September 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The classes are free and open to anyone interested and is hosted by Angie Herport as she teaches beginning techniques for this creative craft.

Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling 497-4531.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the Jackson County Community College.


Vancleave Library hosts Free Movie Day event - Sept 11

The Vancleave Public Library will host a free Family Movie Day feature presentation on Thursday, September 11, at 4:00 p.m.

The movie will be a currently popular Captain America: The Winter Soldier super hero film with plenty of action for everyone. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library.

For more information about free programs, call the library at 826-5857 or visit at 12604 Highway 57.


Vancleave Library Friends Host Annual Photo Contest - Sept 2-24

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

Entries may be submitted to the library beginning September 2, through September 24. Judging will be Friday, September 26. Photographs will be on display in the library until Tuesday, October 8, at the library.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 7, at 6 p.m. at the Awards Reception at the Library. The general public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Friends memberships will also be available for just $5.

A People's Choice winner will also be selected and displayed with special recognition. The winner will be chosen by the general public in a secret ballot.

The contest will offer ribbons and awards in five categories and three age groups. An entry fee of $3 per photo will be charged for adults, $2 per photo for teens 12 to 18 years in age, and $1 per photo for children 11 and under. Funds will be used by the Friends to support library programs, collections and events.

Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Adult Best of Show and $25 cash award will be given. A Best of Show Award and $15 cash, in honor of Harry Ramsay, will be presented for outstanding photography in the teen category, and a $10 Best of Show award will be presented in the children’s category.

Categories include: people, animals, landscapes, computer enhanced, and miscellaneous. Photos may be in either black and white or color, and should measure between 8 by 10 and 11 by 14 inches. Entry forms and complete rules are available at the library or on the library website - ENTRY FORM.

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


Ocean Springs Library hosts Reiki Attunement workshop - Sept 11

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a Reiki Workshop on Saturday, September 11, starting at 6 p.m. in the meeting room.

Anyone interested may attend this free Reiki, healing through laying on of hands and energy transfer, workshop led by Reiki Master Sandrine Daubord.

Participants will discuss Reiki and may experience Reiki attunement. Reiki is a laying-on of hands energy technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to tap the unlimited supply of “life energy” to improve well-being and enhance one’s quality of life.

Class size is limited - registration is required by calling the library at 875-1193 before September 10.

The library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue behind City Hall.


Vancleave Library hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming for beginners - Sept 16

The Vancleave Public Library will host a free "Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card" gaming class for beginners on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the library.

Attendees will learn how to play the popular card games with Sandra and Julian Russel from MacNarb Gaming of Gautier. Beginners and others interested in game play are encouraged to attend. This event is intended for students and teens.

Participants should register by calling the library at 826-5857. A beginners set will be available to learn to play. Door prizes will also be given away.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Public Library.

For more information, visit at 12604 Highway 57, near the schools.


Pascagoula Library to host Library Banned Book Feud game show - Sept 23

The Pascagoula Public Library will host "Library Banned Book Feud" on Thursday, September 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Anyone interested in book trivia and game shows can join hosts Darnell Sheffield and Heather Stone for a fun evening of Banned Book Feud - patterned after the popular game show. Participate by being part of the competing “family” or be entertained as a member of the studio audience. Two groups will go “toe to toe” for a chance to win prizes.

Refreshments, provided by the Friends of the Pascagoula Public Library, will be served.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The week also provides an opportunity for millions of readers to learn more about historical and ongoing efforts to block access to literature, and discover the power of thinking for themselves.

The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown. For more information call 769-3060, ext 1.


Lucedale Library to host local historian for Sullivan's Hollow: Its History & People - Sept 23

The public is invited to attend a free presentation of "Sullivan's Hollow: Its History and People" with Brad Sharp on Tuesday, September 23, at 12 noon at the Lucedale-George County Public Library.

The program provides a look back into the creation of a people and location that many have called “home” and discover the preservation of tales from the Sullivan clan.

More information can be found online at http://vimeo.com/75131495 or visit Facebook.com/sullivanshollowfilm.

The Friends of the Lucedale-George County Public Library will offer refreshments.

For more information, call the library at 947-2123, or visit at 507 Oak Street, next to City Park.


Pascagoula Library to celebrated Banned Books Week - September 21-27 - with Book Club discussion

The Pascagoula Public Library will host "Banned Book Week Book Club" on Thursday, September 25, beginning at 4 p.m. at the library.

Anyone interested in intellectual freedom and books may attend this program facilitated by Pascagoula Branch Manager Jessica Herr. Patrons that attend are asked to pick up a copy of “Slaughterhouse-Five” at the library to read. Be prepared for a great discussion of the famous book by Kurt Vonnegut.

Refreshments will be served - sponsored by the Friends of the Pascagoula Public Library.
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The week also provides an opportunity for millions of readers to learn more about historical and ongoing efforts to block access to literature, and discover the power of thinking for themselves.

The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown. For more information call 769-3060, ext 1.


Nationally known author to visit Moss Point and Pascagoula Libraries - Sept 25 and 27

The public is invited to the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library to meet Bernice Sims, author of "Detour Before Midnight," for a book signing and discussion on Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m.

And on Saturday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m., the Pascagoula Public Library will host Bernice Sims for a book signing and discussion.

Bernice Sims, LCSW/ACSW, is a veteran of the civil rights movement, having been an active member of NAACP, COFO, and CORE since she was a teenager in the early 1960s. She later left Mississippi to move to New York, where she graduated from Adelphi University and went on to become a social worker.

Sims was elected the first African American female to serve as council person on Long Island; she also served on the advisory board for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Additionally, Sims has contributed to the art community as a SAG actor, a visual artist, and a writer.

The book is her personal account of the last few hours she and her family spent with the Mississippi Burning civil rights workers, before they were abducted and murdered by the KKK on June 21, 1964.

Books will be sold by the Friends of the Library groups. These events are cosponsored by the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be served.

The Pascagoula library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown. For more information call 769-3060, ext 1.


Paper Folding workshop offered at St. Martin Library - Sept 25

The St. Martin Public Library will host "Learn Paper Folding: Make your own Holiday cards" on Thursday, September 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the library.

Marge Michaud will demonstrate different techniques and aspects of card-making for seasonal Holiday cards. Learn to make 'Tea' and 'Iris' fold method cards that are one of a kind. Several folding techniques will be demonstrated.

Register by calling the library at 392-3250 (limited to first 15). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Supplies are furnished by the instructor. Class size is limited.

For more information call the library or visit at 15004 Lemoyne Blvd.


Pascagoula Library offers free Financial Seminar - Sept 25

The Pascagoula Public Library will host "Let your Money Work for You!" seminar with presenter Terri Gonzalez on Thursday, September 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Anyone interested may attend this free financial seminar. Learn how money works the easy way - Strategies on Tax-Free Retirement, College Funding, Social Security, Retirement Planning, Compounding Interest and more will be discussed. Bring a guest and earn chances for door prizes.

The seminar is sponsored by Coast Retirement Strategies. Space is limited. Registration is suggested by calling 769-3060, ext. 1, or visit 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Free Diabetes Management Session at Pascagoula Library - Sept 26

The Pascagoula Public Library is offering free Diabetes Management information on Friday, September 26, from 1:00 to 3 p.m. that will be led by Linda Gwaltney, certified diabetes educator.

The sessions will include information from healthcare professionals and advice for better diabetes management. Also offered will be A1C and how it affects blood sugar, meal planning and exercise, medical tests, medications, and the importance of checking blood sugar levels.

Sessions are limited to those who are 18 years of age or older. For more information, call the library at 769-3060, ext. #1 or visit 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Pascagoula Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Sept 29

The Pascagoula Public Library is hosting a free "Beginning Chair Yoga" class with local instructor Shawn Chappell. The class is scheduled for Monday, September 29, at 1 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Shawn is a registered Alliance Yoga instructor and teaches at several locations around Pascagoula. This is a limited, low impact class and is designed for individuals who may work daily at a desk or those with physical limitations.

Class size limited. Participants should register by calling the library at 769-3060, ext. #1 or visit 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Friends of the Moss Point Library - Meeting 1st Monday of the month

The Friends of the Moss Point Library will host monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month. Patrons may visit the meetings in the Ernestine Fountain meeting room. The Friends will provide refreshments.


Sign Language Classes at Gautier Library - Mondays & Thursdays

Sign Language classes are being offered at the Gautier Public Library on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. The classes are free and open to anyone interested.

Jean Stephens will be teaching these very popular classes. She has been teaching sign language for many years in Mississippi and in other states in the south.

Anyone interested, age eight and up, should call the Gautier Public Library to register - 497-4531. Classes are limited to eighteen and will fill up quickly. Each participant needs to bring a three-ring binder and notebook paper.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the Jackson County Community College.


Vancleave Library offers Club for "Bookaholics"

The Vancleave Public Library is inviting anyone interested in forming a new book club to join them on Monday, beginning at 1 p.m. The club will continue meeting every first Monday each month.

Those who attended the Adult Summer Reading programs will enjoy this new club! Patrons may bring a snack or lunch and bring a friend, meet with others who like to share their good reads and have fun.

Tea or lemonade will be provided by the Friends of the Vancleave Public Library.

For more information, call 826-5857 or visit the library at 12604 Highway 57.


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