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Libraries to Close for Thanksgiving - Nov 27-28-29

Libraries Host "Peppermint Parade" for Kids in December

Fun With Friends Storytime offered at area Libraries

Gautier Library to host Game Days for Students - Nov 24-25

Ocean Springs Library to offer Five Holiday Crafting Workshops

East Central Library Hosts Annual Holiday Cooking Contest - Dec 2

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

Chevron Sponsors MS Symphony Quintet Concert at Pascagoula Library - Dec 4

Paper Crafting Ornaments workshop offered at St. Martin Library - Dec 4

Moss Point Library hosts author Evon Davison - Dec 4

Moss Point Library hosts Holiday Jazz Concert - Dec 4

Ocean Springs Library to host Open House during city-wide event - Dec 5 & 6

East Central Library hosts Santa's Gift Making Workshop for Teens - Dec 6

Moss Point Library schedules Rockets program for Teens - Dec 9

Moss Point Library hosts Holiday Safety Storytime - Dec 10

Gautier Library offers free Wreaths and Bows Craft program - Dec 11

Preschool Craft Day scheduled at Ocean Springs Library - Dec 11

East Central Library to host Christmas Bedtime Storytime - Dec 15

Ocean Springs Library to host Chair Yoga program - Dec 20


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


Libraries Host "Peppermint Parade" for Kids

All branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will host special Holiday performances of Peppermint Parade; Song and Dance Revue provided by library youth services staff and guests.

Kids of all ages are invited to attend the free, special programs at the library for songs, dancing, stories, and lots of laughs. Children can wear a favorite holiday outfit, bring a favorite bedtime pal, and join in the Holiday fun.

Scheduled programs are:

  • Thursday, December 4, 10 a.m. - Vancleave Public Library
  • Thursday, December 11, at 10 a.m. - Gautier Public Library
  • Thursday, December 11, 5:30 p.m. - Ocean Springs Municipal Library
  • Monday, December 15, 3:30 p.m. - Lucedale-George County Public Library
  • Tuesday, December 16, 5:30 p.m. - Pascagoula Public Library
  • Wednesday, December 17, 10 a.m. - Ina Thompson Moss Point Library
  • Thursday, December 18, at 10 a.m. - St. Martin Public Library
  • Thursday, December 18, 6 p.m. - East Central Public 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 on Thursday, November 13 and November 20, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the library meeting room.

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..

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 to Close for Thanksgiving - Nov 27-28-29

The branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 27, Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29.

Libraries will reopn on Monday, December 1, at regular hours. These include East Central, Gautier, Lucedale, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, St. Martin, and Vancleave.


Gautier Library to host Game Days for Students - Nov 24-25

The Gaiter Public Library will host Turkey Game Day for students on school break on November 24 and November 25, 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the library both days.

Students can play favorite games in groups or solo style on a variety of games. Play several types of video Wii games and popular board games with friends. Families are invited.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane near the community college. For more information about Friends of the Library or library events, call 497-4531.


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 - Dec 2

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 is offering great cash prizes donated by local financial institutions and businesses. The grand prize winner will receive $100. First, Second and Third place prizes will also receive cash prizes.

There are two adult categories, one for sweets (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) and one for treats (salads, finger sandwiches, etc.). Top winners in each of the adult categories (ages 18 and up) will receive $50 for first place, $30 for second place and $20 for third place.

There is also a Youth and a Children’s sweets division in which winners will receive $25 for first place, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place.

A $2 entry fee will be charged for each recipe, and cooks may enter as many times as they like. The contest is open to all residents of Jackson and George counties. All proceeds will be used by the Friends to improve local library service.

All dishes entered in the contest should be delivered to the library from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 2. Judging will begin promptly. Items will be judged on taste, originality and presentation.

The public festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. Following the awarding of prizes, the public is invited to taste the winning entries for a donation of just $1. Entertainment is also scheduled.

For more information about the contest, contact the Friends at 588-6263. Entry forms can be picked up at any Jackson-George Regional library branch or at many businesses in the East Central/Hurley area.


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.


Chevron Sponsors MS Symphony Quintet Concert at Pascagoula Library - Dec 4

Chevron of Pascagoula will once again sponsor a free annual Christmas Concert at the Pascagoula Public Library. The concert will feature Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Woodwinds Quintet on Thursday, December 4, at 12 noon, in the library atrium. The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula St.

The 45-minute concert will feature performances by Mississippi's finest musicians which will feature well-known Holiday classics and traditional selections.

This performance will present a high-energy, fast-paced, fun concert to be shared by children, students, families and area professionals from around the down-town area. The performances by the group in Jackson County are made possible by the support of Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery.

"This is a special event for everyone," said Library manager Jessica Herr. "We were lucky enough to host this fine program this year for Chevron. These wonderfully talented musicians can truly bring the joys of the Holidays into the hearts and lives of all who attend."

For more information, call the library at 228-769-3060.


Ocean Springs Library to host Open House during city-wide event - Dec 5 & 6

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library is participating in the city-wide Holiday Downtown event with an Open House on December 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to celebrate the Holidays by creating hand-made ornaments to take home or to decorate the library Christmas Tree. All ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served each day provided by the Friends of the Ocean Springs Library.

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


Paper Crafting Ornaments workshop offered at St. Martin Library - Dec 4

The St. Martin Public Library will host Paper Crafting Holiday Ornaments on Thursday, December 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the library.

At this free workshop, patrons may learn to make decorative and useful Christmas paper ornaments with instructor Marge Michaud. Paper crafting is fun and easy to do. Your imagination is the only limit to what you can make.

Register by calling the library at 392-3250. 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.


Moss Point Library hosts author Evon Davison - Dec 4

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will host author Evon Davison for the "Truth Series" book signing and discussion on Thursday, December 4, beginning at 6 p.m. in the library.

Evon is a twenty-year veteran of the United States Army, a 1981 graduate of Moss Point High School, and currently resides in North Carolina with her family and four dogs.

Refreshments are sponsored by the Friends of the Moss Point Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

"The Truth About Angela," her first novel, is a chilling tale of one woman's frightening descent into the world of crime set in Seattle, Washington.

Angela Carter has everything a woman could want - a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and a successful career. This melancholy way of life is enough for her until she discovers a formidable passion buried deep within.

"The Truth Shall Be Revealed," second in the series, is the continuing saga of criminal life on the streets of Seattle, Washington. Twists and turns abound as greed and manipulation take a front seat to the true meaning of life, love and friendship. The desire to rule the seedy underworld will uncover secrets, lies and unbridled passions; souls will be sacrificed to expose the holes in the ethical backbone of truth and justice.

For more information about the event, call the library at 228-475-7462.


Moss Point Library hosts Holiday Jazz Concert - Dec 4

Sounds of the holidays will be presented by the Moss Point High School Jazz Band at the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library on Thursday, December 4, starting at 6 p.m., in the library.

The public is invited to the free community Christmas Concert presented by students from Moss Point High School Jazz Band led by Mr. Carter. This performance will present a high-energy, fast-paced, fun concert to be shared by children, students, families and business professionals from around town.

Refreshments will be 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.


East Central Library hosts Santa's Gift Making Workshop for Teens - Dec 6

The East Central Public Library will host a special Santa's Gift Making Workshop for teens on Saturday, December 6, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Teens and their friends will learn special crafting how-tos at the free workshop to make gifts. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the East Central Library. Materials are also provided.

For more information, call the library at 588-6263 or visit at 21801 Slider Road near the schools.


Moss Point Library schedules Rockets program for Teens - Dec 9

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will present a "Rockets for Santa" program for students age 12 to 19, on Tuesday, December 9, 6 p.m. at the library.

Teens will build a real live rocket that will help get Santa on his way and the presents delivered in time. Supplies provided by the friends of the Moss Point Library.

Pre-registration is required. For Teens 12-19 years old. Call the Library at 475-7462 to save a seat.

The library is located at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown.


Moss Point Library hosts Holiday Safety Storytime - Dec 10

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library will present a Holiday Safety Storytime program on Wednesday, December 10, at 1 a.m. at the library.

Join Sommer Baker from the C.A.N.D.Y. organization as she discusses Holiday safety for parents and children through books, puppets, games, and more.

Parents and children will gain knowledge about household safety and be able to create a home-made holiday ornament to take home. The good news is there are many ways to keep kids safe. Find out what tips you need for children.

C.A.N.D.Y., a United Way Agency, is a child safety advocate organization teaching awareness and prevention on all child safety issues, such as buckling up, bicycle helmet use, social safety, and poison prevention.

For more information about C.A.N.D.Y., call the office at 769-2175.

The library is located at 4119 Bellview Street near downtown or call the library at 228-475-7462.


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.


Preschool Craft Day scheduled at Ocean Springs Library - Dec 11

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a special "Preschool Craft Day" on Thursday, December 11, beginning at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room.

Kids, parents and caregivers will be able to make simple crafts for the Holidays! All supplies will be provided. This program is intended for preschool children. Caregivers must stay with child to assist for this program.

Space is limited. Register before Monday, December 8, by calling 875-1193.

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


Gautier Library offers free Wreaths and Bows Craft program - Dec 11

The Gautier Public Library will host a free "Festive Bows and Wreaths" craft program on Thursday, December 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room.

Michelle Parks will teach how to make decorative bows and holiday wreaths. Each participant will learn how to make large decorative bows for any occasion, home decor, along with holiday wreaths for windows, packages, trees, and more.

Materials will be furnished. Registration is a must by calling 497-4531. Class is limited.
The library is located at 2100 Library Lane near the college.


East Central Library to host Christmas Bedtime Storytime - Dec 15

The East Central Public Library will host Christmas Bedtime Storytime on Monday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Children will hear traditional Holiday stories, music, crafts, and share in seasonal refreshments with parents and caregivers.

For more information, call the library at 588-6263. The library is located at 21801 Slider Road, next to the East Central schools.


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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