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Beginning May 31, register for our Adult Summer Library Programs! Win prizes for reading, attending programs and more!
Enjoy friends that hold a common interest and enjoy a summer of health and reading!



Free Summer Reading Programs at area Libraries FOR ADULTS!

Each year branch libraries across the Jackson-George Regional Library System conduct annual Summer Reading programs for kids. Again this year, libraries will host Adult Summer Programs! The library system has held programs for adults for the past four years with great success.

“Escape the Ordinary” is this year’s theme for the adult program that will run from June through mid-July. It will provide a way for participants to review books and discuss familiar topics by way of visiting specialists in crafts, self-help, food, and much more.

All programs are free and many will offer the chance to win door prizes and awards. Local businesses and organizations as well as Friends of the Library groups have donated food and prizes. For more information and events, visit your local library.

Scheduled events:

East Central Public Library • 588-6263
June 11, 2 p.m. – “Herbal Adventures” Learn to work with healing herbs presented by herbalist Lynda Baker from the Essential Herb Cottage.
June 18, 2 p.m. – “Be Your Own Hero” - Learn some easy self-defense moves with Martial Arts Instructor Grand Master Hoadley who holds an 8th Degree Black Belt from Inner Strength Martial Arts.
June 25, 2 p.m. – “Learn Something New” - Learn to make all natural goat milk soap with presenter Sue Ellen McNabb from Naturally Sue Ellen.
July 2, 2 p.m. – “Escape the Ordinary” by trying something new: chair yoga and stretching exercises with Dara Sunseri-Haney, Singing River Healthplex.
July 9, 2 p.m. - “Hug-A-Tree and Survive” - Overcoming our fears if we or someone we love gets lost with Beth Remick, Jackson County K-9.

Gautier Public Library • 497-4531
June 18, 5:30 pm - Everyday Heroes: Basic CPR and First Aid; Captain Killen of the Gautier Volunteer Fire Department will instruct you in basic CPR and First Aid.
June 25, 5:30 pm - Justice to the Rescue! Join Matt Hoggatt of the Gautier Police Department who will introduce us to Justice, the K-9 dog, and explain how Justice aids the police in their work.
July 9, 5:30 pm - Everyday Heroes: Special Olympics; Join us as everyday hero Terry Higginbotham, discusses how the Special Olympics provide people with intellectual disabilities a way to discover new strengths and abilities through the power of sports.
July 16, 5:30 pm - Good for You: Super Smoothies! Join us as library assistant Paula Therrien hosts a Super Smoothie tasting. She will demonstrate how to prepare several varieties of smoothies and share why they’re so good for you.

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library • 475-7462
June 9, 6 p.m.: MPPD K-9 Unit with Officer Waltman & Cora – Did you know Moss Point has their own K-9 unit? What education is needed for being a policemen? What is the work schedule? Cora’s Training?
June 16, 6 p.m.: EMT – Brad Townsend with Acadian Ambulance – What does an EMT do? What is the work schedule? What kind of training is needed to be a EMT?
June 23, 6 p.m.: MPFD – Glen Montgomery, Firefighter – What training or education is involved? What is the work schedule? What do you do?
June 30, 6 p.m.: Prison Ministry – Pat Garrison will offer insight on what does a prison minister do? She will discuss the how, why, and what training is needed.
July 7, 6 p.m.: Honor Flight Committee Member – what they did, how they did it, why they did it, when the trips were and who got it started in Mississippi
July 14, 6 p.m.: Cancer survivors – local survivors tell their stories: Carol Hewlett, Evelyn Caswell, Beth Taylor, Dian Cooksey and Cheryl Smith Baxter

Lucedale-George County Public Library • 947-4531
Attend a special series of programs presented by the Friends of the Lucedale/George County Public Library in memory of Bruce Sharples.
June 2, 6 p.m.: Bruce Sharples Memorial History; Traditional Fiddling Styles will be presented by Bill Rogers of Collins, MS. He will discuss and demonstrate Celtic, Bluegrass, and old-time fiddling. Bill has been a member of the Mississippi Folk life and Folk Artist Directory and he performed many years at the Mississippi Celtic Festival. He serves as a public health environmentalist from 9-5. He is known especially around central Mississippi as “Fiddling Bill”.
June 9, 6 p.m.: Bruce Sharples Memorial History: Piney Woods Cattle will be presented by Billy Brown of Poplarville, MS. Pineywoods cattle are an endangered breed of “heritage” livestock that are descended from the original Spanish stock left along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama by the Spanish explorers in the early 1500’s. One of the named breeds is known as Agricola.
June 16, 6 p.m.: Bruce Sharples Memorial History; History of Railroads in George and Greene County. David Price and Tony Howe will discuss the story of railroads and sawmills providing economic development in South Mississippi.
June 23: Bruce Sharples Memorial History; Camp Shelby in World War I by Rita Dianne McCarthy.
June 30, 6 p.m.: Protect your Identity: Tuesday Join Shonna Pierce, George County Sheriff’s Department, as she presents tips for preventing identity theft and steps to prevent becoming a target. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends.
July 7, 6 p.m.: Adult SLP Wrap-up Party! Join us as we say thank you for participating in our programs. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.


Ocean Springs Municipal Library • 875-1193
June 13, 2 p.m. - Homebrewing 101: Join Paul Blacksmith of Crooked Letter Brewing as he imparts the secrets to getting started, and the processes and equipment used to ensure a masterful brew.
June 18, 6 p.m. - Matt Stebly & Twisted Anchor Tattoo: Matt will talk about tattoos as art, why people get tattoos, display some of his work and talk about his trip to Italy for the Tattoo Expo Roma.
June 25, 6 p.m.- There’s a Spa in my Kitchen: Learn to make and make to take home a body scrub and other items to pamper yourself. Door prize provided by Sandra Payne, massage therapist. Must register, space is limited.
July 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -DIY Garden Party: Come explore our garden and see what you can do yourself to make your outdoor party special this summer.
July 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. -Good Food – Unusual Ingredients: Ever had a brownie made with black beans or green tea tiramisu? Mmmm! Come join us and enjoy good food made with unusual ingredients.

Pascagoula Public Library • 769-3060
June 11, 6 pm: “Not your ordinatry Feud” - Comic book style “Family Feud” with hosts Darnell Sheffield and Heather Stone.
June 18, 6 pm: “Gotham Escape” - Create a city skyline using foam board and paint chips with Darnell Sheffield and Heather Stone.
June 25, 6 pm: “Holy Van Gogh Batman!” - Paint your own version of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with Darnell Sheffield and Heather Stone.
July 9, 6 pm: “The Great Masked Caper” - Support your favorite Superhero or Villain by wearing a shirt or hat bearing their logo and solve the case at our Mystery Dinner Wrap-Up Celebration! Be sure to get in the running for our Grand Prize Kindle Fire give-a-way!

St. Martin Public Library • 392-3250
June, 11, 5 p.m. - Operation Sidekick: Participants will make paracord bracelets that will be sent to Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude will then distribute them to deployed troops. A paracord bracelet lets our heroic service men and women know you care, you remember and you appreciate them. Supplies furnished.
June, 18, 5 p.m. - Eco Heroes: Be an Eco Hero and help save the planet one plastic bottle at a time. Join us as we repurpose plastic bottles into planters. Supplies furnished.
June, 25, 5 p.m. - Super Food – Super You: Escape the ordinary with healthy, simple, delicious smoothies and snacks. Come with an open mind and willing taste buds.

Vancleave Public Library • 826-5857
June 11, 5:30 pm: Escape the Ordinary: Empower Others. Join Terry Higginbotham, Special Olympics director for George, Greene, and Jackson counties, as she invites us inside the world of the Special Olympics. We will learn about the history of the Special Olympics, how they have helped the intellectually disabled build better lives, and how you can be a part of this amazing program. Beverages will be served.
June 18, 5:30 pm: Escape the Ordinary: Celebrate Recovery. Join us as we celebrate addiction recovery with the Home of Grace. The Home of Grace has been a staple of our community for 50 years. Discover the history behind their years of success and how we can also make a difference. Beverages will be served.
June 25, 5:30 pm: Escape the Ordinary: Save the Planet. Learn ways you can be an everyday hero by recycling, reusing, or making it yourself! Join with community locals as they share their knowledge with us. Crooked Letter Brewery and Clark’s Soap will be represented as well as others. There will be something for everyone!
July 2, 5:30 pm: Escape the Ordinary: Protect and Serve. Meet and greet with our local K-9 Unit and officers. Deputy Tim Prochilo and his trusty sidekick will join us to talk about Jackson County’s K-9 Unit and their jobs. Beverages will be served.
**Friday, July 10, 5:30-7:30 pm: Escape the Ordinary: Medieval Murder and Misfortune! - Our 4th Annual Murder Mystery Party! Travel back in time to the days of William the Conqueror, arranged marriages, lavish feasts, and scandalous murders as we uncover who ruthlessly assassinated a prince the night before his wedding. Drinks and dinner will be served, but in true medieval fashion…no silverware! Donations of appetizers and hors-d’oeuvres are appreciated!
July 16, 5:30 pm: Escape the Ordinary: Wrap-up Party. Join us as we end the summer with a bang! Discuss this summer’s programming, what we’ve read all summer, and future plans for next year’s events! Beverages will be served.









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