Story Time Party @ Taylorsville Public Library

Wonderful Winter Holidays at the Taylorsville Public Library. Stories, music, crafts and a special Christmas party for the preschool Story Time Kids today.

Join us for fun each Wednesday @ 11:00 am., it's our Story Time Hour for preschoolers.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

It won't be too long now before Santa Claus makes his grand appearance for our "Beary Merry Christmas" Preschool Story Time at our Mendenhall Library, Thursday, December 22, at 10:00AM! All children under the age of 5 are invited to attend. Moms and Dads...bring your own camera for free pictures! Santa Claus will read a favorite book, The Christmas Bear and then each child will have the chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas! Christmas goodies will be served afterwards!

Calling All Parents! Free Massages @ Brandon Public Library!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With only 15 shopping days left until Christmas the holiday stress is in full swing and we've got just the thing to help! On Friday, December 16th, the Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage will be at Brandon Public Library from 11-3 giving free, fifteen minute massages! Go ahead and bring the kids, we'll have coloring pages for them while you unwind. Call today to book your spot, 601-825-2672.

Happy Thanksgiving

What's so happy about Thanksgiving?  Well, let's see!

Q: What's the best way to stuff a turkey?
A: Serve him lots of pizza and ice cream!

Q: What was the turkey suspected of?
A: Fowl play.

Q: Why did the turkey cross the road?
A: Because it was the chicken's day off!

So, are you smiling yet?  Let's see if we can make it an even happier Thanksgiving.....

An  industrious turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding a better turkey.  His family was fond of the leg portions for dinner but, there were never enough legs for everyone.  After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends.  "Well I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has 6 legs!" he exclaimed.   His friends all wanted to know how it tasted.  "I don't know." said the farmer.  "I never could catch the thing!"                 

"I don't think it's gonna' work, Charlie."

Q: Why do turkeys always go, "gobble, gobble"?
A: Because they never learned good table manners!

Q: What sound does a space turkey make?
A: Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!         

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey, because he's already stuffed!

Q: What sound does a Turkey's phone make?            
A: Wing! Wing!                  

Q: Why don't you let a turkey get near corn?
A: Because they will "gobble" it all up!

Q: What country does not celebrate Thanksgiving?
A: Turkey!                         

Q: What's a turkey's favorate song?
A: I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.

Q: If you call a large turkey a gobbler what do you call a small one?
A: Goblet!                                  


After Thanksgiving dinner was finished, Mort saw his little brother Sid in the backyard, poking holes in the dirt and filling them with birdseed.
"Why are you planting birdseed?" Mort asked.
"I'm growing next year's turkey." Sid replied.

Q: What did the 500 pound turkey say as he tramped through the woods?
A: Here, hunter, hunter, hunter!

We hope you have very safe and HAPPY Thanksgiving!

Movie Day @ Lake Public Library

Congratulations to Mrs. Everett's third grade class at Lake Elementary for earning a movie day at the library! They all worked to get their library cards during National Library Card Sign Up month in September and achieved 100% in their class. They brought their cards today to check out books and now they are enjoying some time off from school while they watch "Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer". Where will your card take you?

Computer Play for Little Ones!

Have FUN feeding the fish!
Have you scrolled down to the bottom of this page to see the two games? One of these games is great for little ones learning to click a mouse. Just point the mouse somewhere around the fish and click; the fish come to eat the food you've just left for them. Come often and feed the fish to develop great 'mousing' skills!

The second game and familiar to many, PACMAN, is also a great 'keyboard training' game. You must use the arrow keys to follow the trail and not get caught. This builds more computer skills and coordination, also.

Stop by the CMRLS KiDS blog often to see what's going on and to have some fun building computer skills with with your little one!

Holiday Crafts!

"My Dad really does rock!" she says.

I can't believe she snapped that picture!
We had a great time in our Holiday Crafts 4 Kids program!  We made 4 easy, inexpensive and cute crafts that you can make at home to use as gifts. 

We had tea candle holders, button bookmarks, rock paperweights and braided sachets!

We had lots of smiles and fun! 


Hopefully, you will get to come next time we have a craft program!   If you can't make it to Florence, several of the other branches have crafts, too;  just watch the CMRLS calender to know when and where the next one is.  We hope to see you soon and will leave you with couple of last glances of our Holiday Crafts 4 Kids 2011.....

Double take!

Isn't this great, I can't wait 'til next year to see what we will do then!  How about you?

Leaf Man

What a beautiful day at the Mendenhall Library! We were "blown away" by our Preschool Story Time when we learned that "Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows". After reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, we took a walk around the Library and found lots of different colored leaves so that we could make our own Leaf Man. And if that wasn't all, one of our little patrons asked if we could collect more leaves to make a "chicken". So Daisy and Mike made a doggie and a chicken too! Our exploration of leaves brought us to books like Why Do Leaves Change Colors by Chris Arvetis and Carole Palmer and Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber.

Fall Fest at the Pearl Public Library

This year's Fall Fest at the Pearl Public Library was a big success. We had over 80 kids attend! They enjoyed refreshments, games, crafts, and a costume contest!

Pearl Public Library's next big event will be our Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 15, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The Pearl Upper Elementary Choir will be performing holiday songs, and the Friends of the Pearl Public Library will provide delicious cookies and punch. We will also have holiday crafts for kids! The library will also be decorated just in time for Christmas and for Santa's arrival. Get your holiday picture taken with him! Please join us for this festive event!

Fall is here!

Fall may have begun back in September, but here in Mississippi we just started getting that cool weather!

At Brandon Public Library we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather today. Normally our preschool friends end story time with a craft, but today we took a nature walk instead! Each of our friends had a brown paper bag to collect their findings (pine straw, leaves, acorns, etc.) We read, "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert and our friends were inspired to make their own creations at home from their findings. We can't wait to hear all about what they come up with!

One of our friends showing off one of the beautiful leaves he found!

November Crafts-4-Kids

It is that time again kids!  Yep, you got it!  Time to start your Holiday Gift planning.  It is hard to decide what to give to parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and, yes, even teachers!  Well, come to Florence Public Library on Monday, November 7th  from 5 to 6 PM for some great gift ideas!  We will learn to make several items that you can make without spending all your allowance!  Here you can see the Braided Sachet and the Button Bookmark.  They are made with items that can be found in your home or can be bought without too much expense.  (Your grandmom might even have some of the supplies you need.)

Above you can see the Rock Paperweight and the Mini Candle Holder.  You will learn different ways to make these items on your own.  Won't all the adults on your Gift List be surprised when you tell them that your gift is custom made just for them! 

Come join the fun and take home the items you make! 

Halloween @ Brandon Public Library

We had a blast here at Brandon this Halloween. We stayed busy with parties, our annual pumpkin contest and a visit to "Under the Harvest Moon", an event hosted by Brandon Parks and Recreation in coordination with StoneBridge Elementary and Mayor Tim Coulter's Office.

Take a look at some pictures from our Halloween festivities!

Professional face painting was provided by Fabulous Fancy Faces.

Pete the Cat is Rocking and Rolling!

If you are not familiar with Pete the Cat, you should be. He is a lovable, blue cat who loves shoes!! This series of books is written by Eric Litwin, and is a joy to read.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Pete the Cat is a groovy kind of cat. He loves shoes, but he finds himself stepping in some big messes. His shoes change colors, but no matter what mess Pete gets into he just keeps singing his song and walking along! Check this out today at your CMRLS library!

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good. Coming soon to your CMRLS library!

A Fox Just in Time for Fall!

Who doesn't love a fox? Here are two new children's books about a fox! Enjoy!

The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green

Rabbit, duck, mouse and lamb are scared of the fox in the dark. They all decide to hide in rabbit's house in his tiny little bed. Rat-a-tat-tat! Could it really be the fox at the door. This is a wonderful, humorous story of being scared of something and then finding it out that it wasn't so scary after all.

Foxy and Egg: A Book by Alex T. Smith

Foxy Du Bois has plans for her friend Egg. She plans to fatten him up and eat him! However, Egg has a plan of his own as well. This is a very well written book that teaches kids that selfishness often bites you back in the end!

Pearl's Got Talent

Can you sing? Can you play an instrument? Why not show off your talent and possibly win a cool prize! The Pearl Public Library is sponsoring a "Pearl's Got Talent" contest as part of the New Harmonies exhibit at our library. This contest will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, at 1:00 at the City of Pearl Park. There will be a separate contest for adults and for children. Registration is required and there is a $10 entry fee per person. For more information, please contact Kimberly Coley at the Pearl Public Library. Also, join us on the same day for local music, food, face painting, games, and much more starting at 10:00 am! We hope to see you there!

Craft Night a Big Success at the Pearl Library

We had over 55 children come out to the Pearl Public Library on June 30th to participate in our Summer Reading Program Craft Night. We made African masks, boomerangs, and Chinese paper fans! We also gave away some great door prizes including books, t-shirts, and book bags. Join us for our last two programs including:

Scottish Storyteller--July 7 @ 6:00 pm

Finale Party with Jackson Irish Dancers & live band--July 14 @ 6:00 pm

Summer Reading Fun Continues in Forest

The storms didn't scare everyone away from our summer reading program today in Forest. We enjoyed Emily Baker from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra as she shared fiddle music from around the world with us. At times we clapped along as the thunder drummed a beat for us outside. Next week we will continue our trip around the world at a special time. Our Scottish storyteller will be visiting us on June 28th at 5:30pm. See you there!

Minnie & Moo Books 'FLY' Off the Shelves

After a recent visit by Minnie & Moo (courtesy of the CMRLS puppet show), our shelves are empty of Minnie & Moo books. Young patrons returned yesterday requesting more Minnie & Moo adventures. Don't miss the CMRLS puppets this year at a library near you!

Inky the Clown came to the Pearl Public Library on Thursday night. We had a great time with Inky's jokes and magic tricks, and we even learned another language! We also gave out some great door prizes at the end including t-shirts, books, posters, and water bottles. Check out this schedule of events for the remainder of the program:

June 16 @ 6:00 pm-CMRLS Puppets

June 23 @6:00 pm-Zoo Mobile

June 30 @ 6:00 pm-Craft Night

July 7 @ 6:00 pm-Scottish Storyteller

July 14 @ 6:00 pm-Finale Party with Jackson Irish Dancers

SRP Week 1 @ Forest Public Library

We began our trip around the world this summer in Scotland. What a treat to have bagpiper Zoe Brumfield at our library! We got to hear all about the history of bagpipes as well as the clothing she was wearing. Our weekly winner joined our bagpiper for a picture before she left. We will be drawing for a T-shirt every week from all the children in attendance. Plus all the names will continue to go in the pot for our candy jar that we'll be giving away at the end of the summer. If you want to hear the bagpipes too, reserve one of these bagpipe CDS and have it sent to your local library.
The Pearl Public Library would like to thank the wonderful sponsors of our 2011 Summer Reading Program!

Mac N Bones Golf and Grill

Cinemark Tinseltown USA


Friends of the Pearl Public Library

Bancorp South Bank

Trustmark Bank

McAlister's Deli

Little Caesars Pizza

Information and Quality Healthcare

Revell Ace Hardware


Bumpers Drive-In

A Special Guest for Story Time

Hexie, our lovable Paw Pals therapy dog, was our special guest for Baby Bookworms and Preschool Story Time on Tuesday. Hexie is an American Staffordshire Terrier and a certified therapy dog. Her owner, Mary Jo Anderson of Pearl, expressed that Hexie is certified to interact with children and adults in hospitals, nursing homes, school, libraries, and other organizations. She is very lovable, calm, and loves attention! Hexie and her playmate, Liesel, can be found every first Saturday of the month at the Pearl Library at 10:30 am for Paw Pals. Liesel is a German Shepard owned by Betty Hutchinson of Pearl; Liesel is also a certified therapy dog. K-6 kids are invited to attend Paw Pals and build their reading skills by reading to Hexie and Liesel who love stories!

Lego Lab @ the Library

Lego Lab @ the Forest Public Library is always popular with boys and girls alike. It's such a treat to see what these K-6ers can come up with in an hour. We are always looking for Lego donations and we got a special treat this week. A local cub scout troop donated Legos as part of their community service. So not only did they get join in the fun for the evening, they also contributed to future fun for other Lego fans. We look forward to seeing everyone again on April 5th for our next Lego Lab.

Seussfest at the Pearl Public Library

It's Dr. Seuss' birthday! Join us at the Pearl Public Library on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:00 pm for Seussfest. We will have food, crafts, games, prizes and of course Dr. Seuss storytelling.

Chinese New Year Party

Due to the weather last Thursday, the Pearl Public Library has rescheduled its Chinese New Year Party to this Wednesday, February 9, at 4:00 pm. Join us for food, games, and crafts in celebration of the Chinese New Year!

Painting With Cocoa at the Pearl Public Library

Try out your cocoa painting skills! Join us on Thursday, January 20th, at
4:00 pm for Cocoa Painting at the Pearl Public Library for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Learn how to make a cool painting with hot cocoa, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and refreshments!