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JGRLS Holiday Closings - Closed New Year's Day

Ocean Springs Library to offer Five Holiday Crafting Workshops

East Central Library Hosts Annual Holiday Cooking Contest - winners announced

Holiday Movies scheduled at Lucedale Library - Dec 20-22

Holiday Craft programs offered for Kids at Pascagoula Library - Dec 23

Do It Yourself Crafts for Teens at Pascagoula Library - Dec 23

Vancleave Library hosts Family Movie Night - Dec 30

Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - January

Karaoke Party scheduled at Moss Point Library - Jan 3

Ocean Springs Library offers free beginning painting - Jan 10


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


JGRLS Holiday Closings

The branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will close early at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, and be closed on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. Libraries will reopen on Friday, December 26, at regular hours.

Branch libraries will also close early on December 31 at 5 p.m., and be closed on Thursday, January 1, for the New Years holiday.

Patrons may still use the on-line catalog at www.JGRLS.org. Book drops will be available at all locations during this time for returning items.

Branch libraries in the system include East Central, Gautier, Lucedale, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, St. Martin, and Vancleave. For more information about the libraries, visit on-line.


Friends of the Moss Point Library schedule monthly meeting

Anyone interested in joining a great civic-minded community group are invited to become a member of the Friends of the Moss Point Library. The Friends group will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, January 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library.
The Friends group meets on the first Monday of each month and wants to encourage more local adults to attend and see what the Friends group is up to.
Friends of the Library are made up of local residents who know that any community becomes enriched when its libraries are improved. They lobby for and help raise funds to support enhancement and expansion of public library services. Many Friends work directly with the Library staff as volunteers, helping deliver library services on a personal, one-to-one basis.
Anyone can join a Friends group by completing a membership form available at the library. Members will also be notified of meeting dates and other library related events.
For more information call 228-475-7462. The library is located at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown..


Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga

The Vancleave Public Library will continue the free Beginning Chair Yoga classes with local instructor Carol Mathews on Thursdays in January, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Meeting dates are 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

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.

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 - call for details - 826-5857.

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.


Ocean Springs Library to offer Five Holiday Crafting Workshops

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host five Holiday Crafting workshops with instructor Rachel Chai in the library meeting room.

Classes are each Monday, at 6 p.m. starting November 24. Anyone interested by register for any of the classes by calling the library at 875-1193. Space is limited and suggested for ages 10 and up.

The classes scheduled are:
November 24: Candy Cane Mice - make candy cane mice ornaments to keep or to give as a gift.
December 1: Make Snow Globes from Jars - It's not that hard - supplies furnished.
December 8: Make a Mini Snowman from a sock (bring a good sock).
December 15: Decorate a Gingerbread Man complete with buttons and more.
December 22: Make Brownie Mix in a jar to give as a gift.

For more information about the Friends group, call 875-1193 or visit 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall.


East Central Library Hosts Annual Holiday Cooking Contest - Winners

The Annual East Central Public Library cooking contest will be held Tuesday, December 2, in the library meeting room at 21801 Slider Road in Hurley.

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

“We thank our Friends of the Library and our local businesses for sponsoring this contest. This is a chance for people of all ages to show off their cooking talents. We are looking for some wonderful treats from our area’s great cooks It just keeps getting bigger and better each year,” said Helen Barlow, library manager.

The library announced winners and have photos, winners, and recipies available here...


Ocean Springs Library to host Gingerbread House contest - Dec 2 - Dec 12

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will offer a special Christmas event that will feature gingerbread houses made and decorated by patrons, either as individuals, families or groups.

Entry forms are available at the library and may be brought in anytime beginning December 5, but no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 12.

To enter, anyone can create and decorate a gingerbread house, either from scratch or a kit and use other cookies or even cardboard but it must be decorated. A description of the entry must be submitted on the official entry form. Houses will be judged in four categories; most original, most colorful, funniest and strangest.

All houses will be on display in the library through Wednesday, December 18. Houses may be picked up anytime after that date.

For more information call the library at 228-875-1193 or visit 525 Dewey Avenue behind City Hall downtown.


Moss Point Library hosts Holiday Songs with 3rd Graders - Dec 18

Holiday Songs will be presented by the Resurrection Catholic School 3rd Grade Choir at the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library on Thursday, December 18, starting at 6 p.m., in the library.

This 3rd Grade group is comprised of students from Resurrection Catholic School which will perform popular Holiday songs in a public performance in the library. Spend your evening with family and friends and get in the Holiday spirit.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Moss Point Library.

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


Santa to visit Vancleave Library for photos with children - Dec 18

Old St. Nick will be at the Vancleave Public Library to talk to children and families at "Pictures with Santa" on Thursday, December 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Parents dress your kids up in their holiday best, and bring your camera; Santa Claus is coming to the Vancleave Library.

Santa will talk to the kids and allow parents to take lots of photos beside the holiday scenery. Refreshments provided by The Friends of the Library.

Holiday scenery will remain available in the library through the end of the day on Saturday, December 21st. Families are welcome to stop by and take more photos.

The library is located at 12604 Hwy. 57. For more information about the book signing, call the library at 228-826-5857.


Ocean Springs Library to host Chair Yoga program - Dec 20

The public is invited to attend a free Chair Yoga for beginners workshop with Moria Anderson from River Rock Yoga at the Ocean Springs Municipal Library on Saturday, December 20, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Registration is required by calling the library at 875-1193 by December 17, as seating is limited. The program is intended for ages 13 and up.

Chair yoga is the term generally used to describe a gentle form of yoga while sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. It is a great practice for everyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.

Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Participants will learn yoga postures, breathing techniques, and ways of relaxation with the aid of a chair.


Pascagoula Library Genealogy Department offers free Class - Dec 20

The Pascagoula Public Library Genealogy and Local History department will offer Beginning Genealogy and Family History classes beginning Saturday, December 20, at 10 a.m., in the Genealogy department area.

Because of popular TV shows like "Finding your roots" and "Who do you thing you are" the library is offering free beginning classes for anyone who wants to discover their family history.

The free class will be taught by Sister Maxwell and Sister Willes, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who are experienced teachers and users of familysearch.org, a free website for research.

Attendees should bring information on several generations of family documents and may bring a laptop or tablet to access the internet. Library card users may use Ancestry.com on public computers.

Reserve a space in the class beginning Monday, Dec. 1st, by calling 769-3078 no earlier than 9:00 a.m. Seating is limited.

Information about Genealogy is available on the library web site at www.jgrl.org/genealogy.html. For more information, call the library at 769-3078.
The Pascagoula Public Library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Holiday Movies scheduled at Lucedale Library - Dec 20-22

The Lucedale-George County Public Library will offer free Holiday films in celebration of the season on Saturday, December 20, at 1 p.m., and again on Monday, December 22, at 5 p.m., in the library meeting room.

Join us for family friendly movie-time fun and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.

Call the library at 947-2123 for a list of movies that we will show. For more information about library programs, visit us on Facebook.

The library is located at 507 Oak St., across from City Park.


Holiday Craft programs offered for Kids at Pascagoula Library - Dec 23

The Pascagoula Public Library will offer a special Holiday Crafty Kids event to help children celebrate the Holidays at the library on Tuesday, December 23, beginning at 10 a.m.

This event is intended for children in preschool through 5th grade. Parental help may be required. All materials will be supplied and light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Pascagoula Public Library.

Parents are asked to call the library at 769-3060, ext. 234 to register each child for the event.

The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.

Do It Yourself Crafts for Teens at Pascagoula Library - Dec 23

The Pascagoula Public Library will offer a free DIY Teen Craft program on Tuesday, December 23, beginning at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Youth Services staff will show how to create beautiful do-it-yourself gift items made from simple materials.

Anyone grades 6 through 12 may attend. Registration is required by calling 228-769-3060. Space is limited.

For more information call the library or visit 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown..


Vancleave Library hosts Family Movie Night - Dec 30

Families in the Vancleave area will have somewhere to go on Tuesday, December 30 as they are invited to the Vancleave Public Library’s Family Movie Night at 5 p.m.

Watch a free, seasonal classic animated movie, eat popcorn, and cuddle up in blankets to enjoy the show.

Hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

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


Ocean Springs Library offers free beginning painting - Jan 10

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a free Painting Workshop with local artist Glenn Edward Miller, on January 10, at 10 a.m. until noon, in the library meeting room.

Learn to express yourself through art with special guest artist, Glenn Edward Miller, and begin the basics of painting.

Glenn is a well-known Ocean Springs artist who received his early art training in New Orleans. He is known for his collectable series of etchings of New Orleans jazz musicians.

For ages 13 and up, please - attendees should register as space is limited by calling 875-1193.

For more information, visit 525 Dewey Avenue behind City Hall.


Vancleave Library offers Low Impact Chair Yoga - Thursdays in January

The Vancleave Public Library will continue the free Beginning Chair Yoga classes with local instructor Carol Mathews on Thursdays in January, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Meeting dates are 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

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.


Karaoke Party scheduled at Moss Point Library - Jan 3

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will offer a fun time for students age 10 through 17 at the Karaoke Party at the library on Saturday, January 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Attendees can sing, rap or perform favorite songs and enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments with friends. Registration is suggested for those performing by calling the library at 475-7462

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Moss Point Library.

For more information, visit the library at 4119 Bellview 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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