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Events & Programs @ Your Library!

Fun With Friends Storytime offered at area Libraries

Libraries Host Halloween Howls event for Kids in October

Moss Point Library to host Bill Gates Birthday program - Oct 28

Pascagoula Library hosts four Nights of Fright - Oct 27, 28, 29, & 30

Gautier Library offers Paranormal Halloween Program - Oct 29

Moss Point Library to host Halloween Costume Party - Oct 30

Lucedale Library hosts Ghost Hunt Party for students and families - Oct 30

East Central Public Library Friends Book Sale - Nov 1

Vancleave Library hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming - Nov 4

Moss Point Library hosts Dr. Robert Khayat at Reception and Book Signing - Nov 6

Pascagoula Library offers free College Ready program - Nov 6

Quilting Club hosts Fall Show at Vancleave Library - Nov 7 & 8

AARP Smart Driver Class offered at St. Martin Library - Nov 10

Vancleave Library to host "Family LEGO Fun Day" Event - Nov 15

Vancleave Library Friends host Annual Arts and Crafts Fair and Book Sale - Nov 22


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


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.


Libraries Host Halloween Howls event for Kids in October

The Jackson-George Regional Library System will present special "Halloween Howls" storytime shows at branch libraries throughout Jackson and George counties.

"These family-friendly events are great for our preschoolers and school age kids. It will be a great show for the whole family," said youth services coordinator Bethany Carlisle. "We're planning this event with young children in mind - nothing scary - that will last about 30 minutes. We’ll hand out goodies and everyone will have a good time," she said.

Carlisle suggests that children wear their favorite Halloween costumes or bring a special bedtime pal for the shows.

Show schedule:
Oct. 14 • 6 pm - St. Martin Public Library - 392-3250
Oct. 23 • 4 pm - Lucedale Public Library - 947-2123
Oct. 27 • 2 pm - East Central Public Library - 588-6263
Oct. 27 • 5:30 pm - Gautier Public Library - 497-4531
Oct. 28 • 5:30 pm - Pascagoula Public Library - 769-3060
Oct. 29 • 3:30 pm - Moss Point Library - 475-7462
Oct. 30 • 10 am - Vancleave Public Library - 826-5857
Oct. 30 • 5:30 pm - Ocean Springs Library - 875-1193


Moss Point Library to host Bill Gates Birthday program - Oct 28

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will host Dobbs Dennis as he presents a special Date with Bill Gates birthday presentation on Tuesday, October 28, at 6 p.m.

Mr. Dobbs will present highlights of this famous American. Learn about Bill Gates - what he did before he was famous, his family life, a fun trivia fact, and more.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.

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


Gautier Library offers Paranormal Halloween Program - Oct 29

The Gautier Public Library will host Afraid of the Dark: Shadowz Paranormal Investigations program on Wednesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. at the library.

Ever wonder what it’s like to hunt ghosts and what drives paranormal investigators to hunt the unknown? Intrigued by what you would need for tracking spirits and the technical equipment used by ghost hunters? Want to know how psychic research and understanding the metaphysical plays a huge role in the haunting journeys? This free program will cover these questions and more.

Join local ghost hunters on the path who will showcase local day and night-time ghostly experiences.

Call the library at 497-4531. The library is located at 2100 Library Lane, next to the community college.


Pascagoula Library hosts four Nights of Fright - Oct 27, 28, 29, & 30

The public is invited to "Fright Nights!" at the Pascagoula Public Library - a series of four nights of Halloween fun, treats, and refreshments.

Scheduled events are:

Paranormal Palooza! - Monday, October 27 - 5:30 p.m. Learn from experts in the paranormal field and how investigations are conducted. Lighthouse Paranormal's team, Darnell Sheffield, Kraig Killingsworth and others, will demonstrate how to use special equipment, share experiences, and answer questions.

Halloween Howls! - Tuesday, October 28 - 5:30 p.m. Intended for preschool and grade-school children and families, enjoy interactive storytelling with Bethany Carlisle. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and come have fun.

Terrifying Tales from the Crypt! - Wednesday, October 29 - 5:30 p.m. is intended for teens and family with a Halloween-themed Poetry and Short Story Slam. Share your original work or favorite spine-chilling poem/lyric or very short story. Beware of lurking surprise readings.

Paranormal Whispers - Thursday, October 30 - 5:30 p.m. Hear from Lighthouse Paranormal's team of Darnell Sheffield, Kraig Killingsworth, Heather Stone, and Jessica Herr about some of the haunting experiences that have happened in the library. All ages welcomed.

For more information, call the library at 769-3225. The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Moss Point Library to host Halloween Costume Party - Oct 30

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will host a special 'Twas the Night Before Halloween costume party for children and teens on Thursday, October 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Come have a howling good time at our Halloween Costume Party! Wear your most freaky-fabulous costume and enjoy creepy crafts, fang-tastic treats and volt-ageous tunes.

Children, students and teens will compete in the costume contest that all the family can cheer on!

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Moss Point Library.

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


Lucedale Library hosts Ghost Hunt Party for students and families - Oct 30

The Lucedale-George County Public Library will host a Ghost Hunt Party on Thursday, October 30, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Branch manager Rebecca Wheeler said, "We've noticed some unusual things in the library lately. Things like mysterious writing on the rest room walls - computers closing down for no apparent reason - books appearing in the drop box months after patrons tell us they were returned."

She's beginning to wonder if the library could be haunted.

Students and their families are invited for a ghost hunt, along with games, food, and prizes. Help the Lucedale-George County Public Library Ghostbusters Team eradicate ghosts from the library before Halloween. Wear a costume if you like - you may need it!

Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library.

Call the library at 947-2123 for more information about library programs or visit us on Facebook.

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


East Central Public Library Friends Book Sale - Nov 1

Bargain hunters should come early to the Friends of the East Central Public Library Fall Cleaning Book Sale for the best selections in like-new or used books and more. The one-day event will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale will include items of all sorts for all ages for kids, teens and adults: hardback books, paperbacks, books on tape, VHS movies, magazines and more. Prices begin at just ten cents for magazines or just fill a bag of books for just $1.

For more information about the library or library events call 588-6263, or visit the library at 21801 Slider Rd., in Hurley.


Vancleave Library hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming - Nov 4

The Vancleave Public Library will host a free "Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card" tournament for middle and high school students on Tuesday, November 4, at 4:00 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.

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

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


Moss Point Library hosts Dr. Robert Khayat at Reception and Book Signing - Nov 6
at the Events Center Holiday Inn Express

The Friends of the Moss Point Library will host author Robert Khayat at a reception and book signing event on Thursday, November 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Events Center of the Holiday Inn Express, 4800 Amoco Dr, in Moss Point.

Copies of his book, “The Education of a Lifetime,” will be offered for sale by Bay Books.

The Friends group will offer wine and other refreshments with a suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. Sponsors of the event include: Shular Enterprises, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Chevron, Moss Point Alumni Association, MPAC, Coca-Cola, and Allen Beverages.

Khayat’s story gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at how a university moved from mediocrity to excellence. Relive, along with Khayat, the courting of an eccentric donor, as well as private conversations with a sitting U.S. President, governors, coaches and celebrities.

Moss Point native Robert Khayat is a former college football All-Star, All-Pro kicker for the Washington Redskins, law professor, and president of the NCAA Foundation. Dr. Khayat served as the fifteenth chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1995 until 2009. He and his wife Margaret live in Oxford.

For more information, call the library at 475-7462.


Pascagoula Library offers free College Ready program - Nov 6

Students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend a free "Getting College Ready" session on Thursday, November 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m., that will be held at the Pascagoula Public Library.

This session will be led by Sheri Stanford from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to help anyone with questions and information about college entry.

She will discuss what is needed to be ready for college as well as discuss admissions and financial aid. Registration is suggested by calling 769-3060.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The Library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street near downtown.


Quilting Club hosts Fall Show at Vancleave Library - Nov 7 & 8

The Vancleave Quilting Bees will host "Another Stitch in Time" Fall Show on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This free show will include many unique types of quilts. The quilters will offer several demonstrations using basic and advanced techniques. Refreshments and various door prizes will be given throughout show. A drawing for a free quilt will take place each day at noon (winner must be present to win).

Participants age 14 and up are welcome to join the organization. The group will feature a special “how to” session each month throughout the year. For more information, call Susie Fox - 228-219-5662.

For information about programs at the library, call 826-5857 or visit 12604 Hwy. 57 near the schools.


AARP Smart Driver Class offered at St. Martin Library - Nov 10

The St. Martin Public Library will host the new AARP Smart Driver Safety Workshop on Monday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the library meeting room. This new program offers revised materials and is open for drivers of any age.

To register or to receive more information, call the library at 228-392-3250. There is a $15 registration fee for AARP members that cover materials. Non-members fee is $20 - check or money order. Registration is available the day of the workshop.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the St. Martin Library.

The AARP Smart Driver Safety Program is a classroom refresher that can help older adults learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust driving techniques and qualify for an insurance discount. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multiyear discount to AARP graduates. AARP members receive discounts on the AARP Motoring Plan from GE Motor Club.

The new AARP Smart Driver Safety Program is the nation’s newest and largest refresher course for drivers age 55 and older that has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today’s roads. AARP has offered the course in the classroom for more than 25 years.

Participants will learn how to: tune up driving skills and update knowledge of the rules of the road; learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust driving habits to allow for these changes; reduce traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries and; drive more safely. Participants may reduce their auto insurance rate by attending this AARP certified program.

The library is located at 15004 Lemoyne Boulevard next to the community center.


Vancleave Library Friends host Annual Arts and Crafts Fair and Book Sale - Nov 22

The Vancleave Friends of the Library will host the 18th Annual Vancleave Arts and Crafts Fair and Book Sale at the Vancleave Public Library, on Saturday, November 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The library Friends will also host live music and entertainment throughout the day. The annual event is a wonderful opportunity for crafters to market their handiwork, and for shoppers to buy great holiday gifts. Going on inside the library will be the year's biggest book sale with many nearly new items available at very low prices.

Currently, more than 30 crafts and arts booth vendors will be present with many great gifts for Christmas gift giving. Indoor vendor booths have been sold out. Outside booth space is still available for just $15 without tables. Reservations for spaces will be taken until November 15.

Library manager Yvonne Parton said, "This will be the largest event this year and it is one of the biggest community events for our area and is a significant Friends fund-raiser. We have many in and around the community that look forward to this every year."

For more information, call the library at 228-826-5857 or visit the branch at 12604 Highway 57 in Vancleave.


Vancleave Library to host "Family LEGO Fun Day" Event - Nov 15

The Vancleave Public Library will host a special Family LEGO Fun Day and LEGO Grand Prix on Saturday, November 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the library meeting room. Families are invited to participate - all ages are welcomed. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees are asked to bring their own Legos. However, community members are welcomed to donate Legos for use in the library. The Friends of the Vancleave Public Library will also have a limited number of sets available for play.

Activities included during the event are the 30 Minute Challenge - families or groups may build a required project within the 30 minute time allowed and Lego Grand Prix vehicle race - Families or groups that have built and brought their vehicle to race may do so (no motorized vehicles allowed).

The entries will be judged with prizes awarded. Entries will be put on display for others to view. The categories of the contests will include smallest, most creative, funniest and “most realistic.

Anyone can learn personal, social, and recreational skills with LEGOs, such as; being motivated to learn, building confidence to try new activities, mathematical and creative development, using imagination in play, learn why things happen and how things work, and how to just have fun.

The library is located at 12604 Highway 57..


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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