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Teen Summer Reading is here! Register on May 27!

Visit a branch near you! Scheduled programs are below


June 3: Mad Science with Evelyn De Angelo - Make wonderful things using science!
June 10: Spark a Reaction in the Kitchen Science in the kitchen is part of your everyday life.
June 17: Spark a Reaction thru Art - Teen Painting Program (wear old clothes).
June 24: Spark a Reaction: Fun Experiments - Have Science fun with everyday items found at home.
July 1: Spark a Reaction with Young Frankenstein - Sci Fi Movie Day 2– 4 p.m.*
July 8: Mad Scientist Party Summer Wrap up party!! (Dress as Mad Scientist if you want!)


June 3: Spark a Reaction, Grow Something! Learn how to identify and protect plants in your own yard.
June 10: Spark a Reaction, ZOMBIES - America's Next Top Zombie! Make Up Tutorial and Photo Shoot. Learn how to make up and play the Undead!
June 17: Spark a Reaction, Science Fiction Double Feature! - Enjoy popcorn and snacks in a bigger than life Sci- Fi Movie event!
June 24: Spark a Reaction, Get Physical with Earth Science - Create your own Tornado, examine insects around the Library and crack a geode!
July 1- Spark a Reaction, Mad Science - Science Lab experiments that you can do in your own kitchen.
July 8- Spark a Reaction, Karaoke/Open Mic Wrap up Party - Learn to Time Warp! Get Blinded by Science!


JUNE 5 – SPARK A DECISION: LIVE ABOVE THE INFLUENCE. Real life lessons from the Lucedale Police Department detective unit will help you to reject the use of any substance that will get in the way of your goals in life.
JUNE 12 – SPARK A CHANGE, PART I: Learn about the beneficial changes that have taken place at the Lucedale Animal Shelter. Meet a few of the dogs available for adoption.
JUNE 19 – SPARK SAFELY: Singing River Electric Power Association will show how electricity works and how to avoid danger around electricity in “safety city.”
JUNE 26 – SPARK A CHANGE, PART II: Find out more about the positive impact that the Lucedale Animal Shelter has on our community. Meet some of the cats available for adoption.
JULY 3 – SPARK A REACTION – DO TRY THIS AT HOME! Amaze your family and friends. Learn how to recreate the stunning scientific demonstrations you’ll see at this program using common household products and materials.
Monday, July 7 at 10 am. Attend the end-of-program party and certificate presentations. Come for the Summer Reading wrap up and awards.


June 4: Spark a Chemical Reaction! Mad Scientist Party sponsored by MS State Extension. Teens will do a series of fun science experiments and make a homemade lava lamp.
June 11: Spark an Artistic Expression! Get tips from professional nail artists! Learn about the chemicals in your polish. Make some flaming hot designs!.
June 18: Spark an Event in Time! Could you turn the tables and rewrite time if given the chance? Relive one of the most historic events in human history first hand! Program sponsored by Renee Hague of Pascagoula’s Genealogy Department. Door prizes and refreshments served.
June 25: Spark Survival! Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Get the backpacking and hiking expertise you need to survive the fall of modern society! Teens get expert backpacking training courtesy of Scranton Nature Center. Face painting, survival trivia, snacks and prizes.
July 2: Spark Flight Take flight with the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and identify local feathered friends! Enjoy a creative craft that's fun and gives back to the environment! Show your green streak and bring a recyclable tin soup can and receive an extra surprise!
July 9: Spark Flames Spark flames @ our Catching Fire party! Make alliances, beat the clock and may the odds ever be in your favor! Door prizes and refreshments served!


June 3: Spark your Artistic Side: Be Creative at the Art Show
June 10: Spark the Force - build a catapult
June 17: Spark a Reaction

  • Glowing Jell-o
    Temporary Lava Lamp
    Pop Rocks experiment
    Chemistry Quiz

June 24: Spark your Dystopian Side Movie
July 8: Party Zombies!


June 3: Gearing Up to Spark A Reaction! Come Join Us for Steampunk Crafts to kick off our Teen Summer Reading Program!
June 10: Spark an Investigation! Get Your C.S.I. skills in shape.Do you have what it takes to solve a crime?
June 17: Spark Your Self-Expression! Join us as we Express ourselves through Art!
June 24: Sparks Ignite! Do you know the science behind fire?
Can you use your nose to sniff out the answer?
July 1: Spark Some Drama! Attention Drama Kings and Queens! Come and act out with us!
July 8: Who Sparks a Reaction? Sparks will fly with Food, Fun, and Prizes at our Dr. Who Party!


June 5: Music from Objects - Make musical instruments form objects found around the house
June 12: Melted Crayon Art - Use crayons and hair dryer to create fantastic works of art!
June 19: Star Wars Day - Take a trip in the Star Wars universe of crafting and trivia.
June 26: Forensics: Body in the Billiard Room - Be an investigator in a murder case. Analyze forensic evidence to solve the crime!
July 3: Fire fighting - Hear from a first responder from our Fire Department speaking about fireworks safety, fire fighting as a career and methods of fire fighting.
July 10: Mad Scientist Party! - Have fun with experiments, food and crafts a this end of program party!


JUNE 3: Ignite an Adventure: Geocaching. Introduction to geocaching. Learn how to use GPS coordinates to find over 2 million treasures hidden throughout the world.
JUNE 10: Spark an Investigation: Forensics. Forensics specialists Tracey Wilson, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, and Kathy Sunday, Special Task Force, will show how forensics science is used to catch the bad guys.
JUNE 17: Spark a Reaction: Mad Scientist. Evelyn DeAngelo from the Mississippi State Extension office will provide a hands-on, weird science event.
JUNE 24: Ignite your Potential Energy: FUN Physics. Join us as we experiment with Physics and CHUNK, LAUNCH and PROPEL objects.
JULY 1: Spark your Survival Instinct: Zombie Apocalypse-Disaster Preparedness. Lea Thompson, RN will teach disaster preparedness and survival skills. Dress as a zombie, play games and eat ZOMBIE food.
JULY 8: Spark your Creativity: Open Mike Night. Read Poetry, Sing Karaoke, Tell a Joke, Play an Instrument. Use your imagination. This is your night to shine. Come for the Summer Reading wrap up and awards.

Moss Point Library continues Teen book club - Thurdays

The Ina Thompson Moss Point Library is continuing a free, expressive book club just for teens in the community. The group will meet Thursday, January 16, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the library.

Teens age 12 and up can be part of the group and help decide what books to suggested to the group. Also members will help name the group.

“We and our teens want this club to be more than just a book club. It will continue to be a gathering of friends who share ideas and get involved,” said youth services assistant Sasha Orr.

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.

Pascagoula Library celebrates Christmas with Santa Workshop for Teens

The Pascagoula Public Library held a Christmas Craft program at the library.

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Gautier Library to host Teen Yoga Program

Teens are invited to a free evening of "Stress Less with Yoga" on Tuesday, September 28, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Gautier Public Library.

The program is open to teens who might need to take a time-out with a refreshing yoga session with instructor Carol Dahl of River Rock Yoga studio in Ocean Springs. The group will listen to relaxing music for stretching all troubles away. Teens can indulge in healthy, delicious snacks after the program.

The Gautier Public Library is located at 2100 Library Lane near the college. For more information, call 497-4531.

Laugh Out Loud! @ the Gautier Public Library hosted a Mad Poet Tea Party complete with the Mad Hatter and everyone else!! See the slideshow here...

Local teens (below) in Moss Point prepare for “Splash Day,” the weekly Summer Reading program at the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library. Pictured left to right are Abbie Yates, Kalyah Kennedy, youth services assistant Jennifer Townsend, Shelby Frederic, Kuyonda Kennedy, and in front Jennifer’s son Noah, and Jada Holmes.

Everyone had fun at Teen Summer Reading!! Watch the fun...

See more Summer Videos - click here.

LOL :) Library Out Loud!! - the Gautier Public Library....YOGA @ YOUR LIBRARY!! Teen Summer Reading continues with YOGA!!, Poetry, T-Shirt making and much more... Ms. Carol Dahling of River Rock Yoga Studio in Ocean Springs led 9 teens, Ms. Cheramie, and Ms. Bethany in a beginner's yoga class. We learned the names of many yoga poses, plus the techniques of each. In addition, we told a story using the names of these yoga poses. Play games and join in with others talking about books, topics and issues! Call the library at 497-4531 for details!!

LOL :) Library Out Loud!! - the Gautier Public Library....T-SHIRT MAKING @ YOUR LIBRARY!! Teen Summer Reading continues with YOGA!!, Poetry, T-Shirt making...

Pascagoula Public Library Teen Summer Reading participants gained a wealth of knowledge from Ali Leggett from MS Department of Marine Resources Coastal Preserves department at last week's program!

LOL :) Laugh Out Loud!! at your Library - the Gautier Public Library.... Teen Summer Reading continues with Poetry, T-Shirt making and much more... Play games and join in with others talking about books, topics and issues! Call the library at 497-4531 for details!! Visit us at today!!

Vancleave Library creates movable Teen Center; Teens now have their own "space"

Teens of all ages are invited to the grand opening of the new Teen Center at the Vancleave Public Library meeting room on Friday, January 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

The Teen Center is equipped with laptop computers and moveable furnishings that the teens will help set up and move around as needed. Making a space for teens during these hours will benefit library users in all age groups and give teen age groups special attention and their own special place in the library.

During 2009, the Mississippi Library Commission approved and funded three Library Services and Technology Act grants to the Jackson-George Regional Library System. The library system was awarded a total of $44,627.60 in grant funds. Of that amount, the Vancleave Teen Center used $11,640 to complete the project.

The Vancleave Public Library is located adjacent to Vancleave Middle School and Vancleave High School. It has become a popular after school hangout for teens creating more demand for services than the current facility provides.

The Vancleave moveable Teen Center was created to attract, inform, entertain, and facilitate a space just for teens at the library after school each week day that schools are in session. It will also be used for special teen programming. Input for the design of the center includes current teen patrons, staff and library manager.

Branch manager Dana Woods said, "This space will provide teens a welcome and inviting environment at the library to read, study, relax, and spend time on the computer. We hope through the use of the Moveable Teen Center teen patrons will be better served and become life-long library users."

Library System Sponsors "Twilight Ball" Event

See the slide-show - click here!

Fans of the soon-to-be released "Twilight; New Moon" movie had fun at the Twilignt Ball at the Pascagoula Public Library recently.

The system-wide program for teens was held at the Pascagoula Public Library in the library meeting room. This was a free event sponsored by the Youth Services department based on the fast selling Twilight book series.

Twilight "New Moon" theme activities featured games, surprise contests, a costume contest, music and a dance. Refreshments will also be served.

The first book, published in 2005, Stephenie Meyer's novel "Twilight" instantly captured the hearts and minds of young readers across the county. Youthful fans continue to bring the less-than-conventional characters to life with events like the library’s Twilight Ball.

"Creature Costume" contest at Gautier Library on Oct. 27

Teens who want something interesting to do this Halloween can enter the Gautier Public Library’s “Create a Creature” contest and party to be held Tuesday, October 27, at 6 p.m.

During the month of October, teens are invited to create an original 3-D creature out of junk. Just complete a form to provide a name for the creature and write about its creature features that may include, but are not limited to, magical powers, height, weight, hobbies, favorite book to read, and more. Also, each teen must include a scary story or poem about this creature. Entries will be displayed at the library during October. Only one entry per person permitted for the contest.

At the program, teens may dress as the creature they had create in the costume contest. Teens will receive prizes: an overall prize for best creature and story, scariest creature, and funniest creature. The teen who looks most like his or her creature will win prizes.

Other activities are planned and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call the library at 228-497-4531. The library is located next to the MS Gulf Coast Community College.

Teens Invited to Library's Open Mic Night @ Vancleave Public Library

Teens were invited to "express yourself" at the Vancleave Public Library's Open Mic Night on Thursday, August 27, at 5 p.m. in the community meeting room. Watch for the next program/event and celebrate a new season of self-expression at your library.

Groups or individuals and can be any type of musical performance. call today to reserve your slot by calling the library at 228-826-5857.

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Vancleave Library Hosts Poetry Slam for Teens


See the SRP Teens Drama - The Cowboy Prince on You-Tube

Summer Reading Teens at Gautier; Sign Language Workshop Pics

Vancleave Teen Program with Dana; Song Writing 101: on You-Tube!



Teen Summer Reading @ Your Library starts...

Each branch library hosts special programs each week which are completely free. Weekly programs for each of three age groups will include special “Express Yourself” Teen programs.

Call your branch library for other programs to be announced: Download a PDF copy of these schedules:

East Central | Gautier | Moss Point | St. Martin

See the latest Teen Video: Dance Extreme at Pascagoula

Libraries Sponsor "Twilight Prom" Event

Fans of the recently released "Twilight" movie will love to sink their teeth into a night of music, contests and fun based on the fast selling Twilight book series. The Pascagoula Public Library held "Twilight Prom" in March, in the library meeting room. This was a free event sponsored by the Youth Services department of the Jackson-George Regional Library System.

Twilight book series theme activities included games, surprise contests, a costume contest, music and a dance. SEE THE SLIDE-SHOW.

The first book, published in 2005, Stephenie Meyer's novel "Twilight" instantly captured the hearts and minds of young readers across the county. A new book with an August 2nd release is the final novel in the Twilight Saga. Youthful fans continue to bring the less-than-conventional characters to life with events like the library’s Twilight Prom.

The Pascagoula Public Library is located at 3214 Pascagoula St. near downtown.

Pascagoula Public Library hosts Teen Week "Books with Bite"

Programs scheduled are:

"I Bite!” Monday, October 13, 2:30-4:30 pm
To Bite or not to Bite? That is the question… come bite with us.

“Bite the Night” Tuesday, October 14, 3-7 pm
A night full of intrigue, suspense and answers. Discover new truths and fulfill old dares.

“Knowledge Bites” Wednesday, October 15, 3-4:30 pm
Trivia with bite…knowledge is key.

“Bite the Mic” Thursday, October 16, 3-7 pm
Karaoke fun…with Bite! Karaoke and air guitar contest. The winner is crowned…King Or Queen of BITE!

“Bite the Bullet” Friday, October 17, 3-4:30 pm
Bite the bullet while challenging the dark. Winners celebrate in style…with BITE!

Ina Thompson Moss Point Library hosts Teen Week

Enter the Scary Essay and Poem Contest for Teens sponsored by the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library and Friends of the Moss Point Library.

One submission per teen (grade 6 thru 12) either a poem or an essay, no longer than 3 pages. Must be typed and double-spaced.

First Prize = $50.00 Gift Certificate from Byrd’s Music
2nd Prize = One collegiate dictionary, one thesaurus
3rd Prize = One collegiate dictionary

Entries judged based on originality, scariness, spelling, punctuation, and ability to describe setting and character. Use of excessive violence or profanity will disqualify an entry.

All entries due by 7:00PM on Monday, October 13th.

Three top winning entries will be read aloud at a writers’ party on Thursday, October 16th at 6:00 PM. Public is welcome. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Moss Point Library.

Entries will be judged by a three-member panel from WLOX, Mississippi Press, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Teens participate in summer reading programs at libraries...

Summer reading programs aren't just for little kids at the libraries in Jackson and George Counties. Most all libraries in the system are holding special programs just for Teens that are aimed to enhance their lives as well as motivate them to visit their library.


NEW: Summer Reading Photos from all around the 2 Counties

Teens from across Jackson and George Counties volunteer at summer reading programs in libraries

Coast libraries in Jackson and George Counties are where many local teen volunteers are choosing to spend their summer vacation.
Jackson-George Regional Library System is hosting annual summer programs for children in eight locations through the month of June and July. "Catch the Reading Bug" programs let children discover the fun of reading.

East Central Public Library teen volunteers, (left to right front) Dee Dee Walker, Kerriel Lawery, Katie Freeman, (back) Luke Kelly, Mick Kelly, Shayla McAdams, Nicole Tanner and Brandon Smith, help youth services assistant Micki Lofton (far right) with children's reading records.

At the Pascagoula Public Library, (left to right) Tyler Daniels, Riyana Marshall, and Katelyn Miller, help children register and record books they’ve read to earn prizes.

Also at Pascagoula, teens (front left) Maggie Criddle, MaryBeth Nunenmacher, Jaylen Leverette, Cecilia Criddle, (back left) Brandon Conder, Sydney Le, Brandi Piepgras, Elijah Schuette, and Deshawn Kinnard help out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Teens from Moss Point, Shelby Frederic (left) and Somalia Thomson, help at the registration desk - usually the busiest place in the library.

Teen volunteers also re-shelve books and other library materials during the week at each library in the system. Some also help with puppet plays and handing out refreshments and prizes..

Pascagoula Library Celebrates Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week is a free, fun after school program filled with activities for teens that is celebrated nation-wide. Several area libraries are participating in special Teen programs during the week of October 15-20.

All during the week, teens can tell a joke to the children's librarian and get a piece of candy. And they can enter the Joke Contest. Just fill out the joke form and enter a joke to win a prize. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 19, during at the giant ice cream sundae event.
Scheduled events are:

"Karaoke" Thursday, Oct. 18 - Come sing your way to being crowned king or queen of Karaoke from 3:00 -6:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 6:30.


See the latest videos here: VIDEO 1 | VIDEO 2 | VIDEO 3 | VIDEO 4

Ice Cream Friday, Oct. 19 - Teens can come and enjoy a part of one giant ice cream sundae at 3 p.m.

Afternoon at the movies, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. - Teens can come and watch "Employee of the Month" starring Dane Cook.

For more info, call the library at 769-3060. The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street in downtown Pascagoula.

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