Friday, July 16, 2021

Hot Days of Summer

    It's the end of summer. Ms. Megan and Ms. Angela did an outstanding job with the summer reading program. If you missed part of it you may go to our Facebook page or the library's webpage to catch up. You can find us on Facebook at: Remember, the name of the game is keep the kids reading! 
    School will be starting again soon. Many, many people will be getting their homework help by 'googling' answers to homework questions. While that may satisfy some or even a lot of the answers, it won't answer all of them. Sometimes, an answer to a question is just a little more complicated than the surface web search that google and other search engines conduct. Sometimes, the answer to a question comes in many moving parts that google and other search engines cannot handle. This is where your library comes in, whether it's a school library, an academic library located on a college campus, or a public library located within your community. Librarians are trained to bring back the most correct answer to a question. And, they will do it without bringing ads into the equation! Neil Gaiman once said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

    Now that the kids are back in school, there is time to read. Come in and check out all the wonderful new books that have hit the shelves!


Author Birthdays This Month

(from Find their books in the library.

2nd July 1961 - Ernest Hemingway's death, author of A Farewell to Arms

6th July 6 1962 - William Faulkner's death, author of As I lay Dying

7th July 1930 - Arthur Conan Doyle's death, creator of Sherlock Holmes

18th July 1817 - Jane Austen's death, author of Pride and Prejudice

21st July 1899 - Ernest Hemingway's birthday, author of A Farewell to Arms

28th July 1866 - Beatrix Potter's Birthday, author of Peter Rabbit

30th July 1818 - Emily Bronte's birthday, author of Wuthering Heights

31st July 1965 - J K Rowling's birthday, author of Harry Potter


Today in History


 1790 Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States

 1951 Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company

1967 Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act

1969 Apollo 11 launched, carrying 1st men to land on Moon

2005 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

2017 BBC announces first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hello, it's me again

    So much is going on at the library! If you have not had a chance to visit us because of the pandemic, come on by and let's get reacquainted.  The library hours have been restored to pre-COVID schedule, so both libraries are open some evenings and Crosby Memorial Library is open Saturday mornings. Both libraries are still practicing safety practices. We are observing the six foot social distancing requirement, hand sanitizer is abundantly available, and whereas patrons are not required to wear masks, staff will have them on. If you are not yet comfortable with getting out in public, curbside service is still in place. Call and we will pull books for you and deliver them to you in your car.

    Ms. Megan and Ms. Angela have been working hard on their summer reading programs. The theme this year is "Tails and Tales". Most of the programs will be online again this year, but they have live programs planned for both libraries. Go to for sign-up and instructions on how it all works. Remember, programs begin this Tuesday, June 8.

    If you and your child cannot participate in the summer reading programming, please encourage your child to read every day. It was a tough 2 years for school children because of the pandemic. It's very difficult for children to keep up with their reading skills during the summer, anyway, and the pandemic has made things that much more difficult.


Today's Author Birthdays:

  • Anne Frank
  • Winston Churchill
  • Mark Twain
  • Maya Angelou

Find them all at your library!


Today in History:

  1.  1539 - Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain
  2. 1965 - Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission
  3. 1985 - The talk show Larry King Live debuted on CNN, and it became hugely popular, in part because of King's easygoing interviewing style.



Friday, June 19, 2020

Help us get the word out

Do you know anyone who is out of a job, needs a computer to look for a job or apply for one? If so, let them know about the library's public access computers. We are accepting appointments for their use on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Help us get the word out.

The library has also begun to catalog new books for the collection, so be sure to check out our Facebook page for the current list. The library offers curbside service. You may reserve 2 items per person, we retrieve the books for you and deliver them to your car. Give us a call and find out how convenient it is.

Today's author birthday:

Garfield the Cat
Check out: Garfield...Recipes with Cattitude!  641.5 GAR at Crosby Memorial Library

Today in History:

According to
1269 King Louis IX of France decrees all Jews must wear a yellow badge in public or be fined 10 livres of silver
1586 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, North Carolina
1846 First offically recognised baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey
1862 Slavery outlawed in US territories
1910 Father's Day celebrated for 1st time (Spokane, Washington)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome to Pearl River County Library System

Welcome to the new blog, "From the Director", where you will be kept up-to-date on all things library in Pearl River County, MS. This will be a platform where I will explain what we do and why we do it. There are many services the library system offers the people of this county, many of them used very little.

I would also like this to be interactive. Do you have questions about services offered? New books? How to do something? Just shoot me an email and I will respond directly to you and if the question is pertinent to other library users, I will post the question and answer right here.

I have thought about using this platform to review books; guide users to online reference resources; today's literary birthday with short bio; trivia question of the day. I'm not sure if I can do all of this. Do you think I should include something else? Please suggest.

See you around the internet.