Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Buggy Ending...

All good things must come to an end...but do not worry the summer reading program will be upon us again...
I would like to extend a special thanks to the Pearl Public Library staff, sponsors, and our volunteers. Most of all I would like to thank the parents and kids who are the reason I love everything about my job. I hope everyone had as much fun I had.
Til next time...

Bugtastic Craft Night

I thought that the craft night went well at the Pearl Public Library. I enjoy having craft nights because it allows for the kids to express their creativity. Even though July 4 was the next day, we had quite a few kids attend this program. Also a warm thanks to our volunteers, Mikail, Christina, Yesina, Judy, and Mary and sponsors, especially the Pearl Friends of the Library, without which this program could night happen.

Friday, June 27, 2008

101 Reading Bugs

NO Dogs Allowed but we had 101 kids show up at Brandon to see Mr. Terry Vandervender the Snake Man on Thursday Night.

As he started his very fact filled interactive program kids were still trying to squeeze in and find a seat up front to see all his snakes. The children began listening very attentive and knew all his answers by the end of the show. People still hung around and asked question when he was done.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Some sing lower...

and some sing higher..." sang multi-talented storyteller, muscian and naturalist, John Stark, who the Pearl Public Library featured on Thursday, June 26. Singing and laughter filled the library with Mr. Stark's program. He began his program by painting the children's faces.
When he finished the face painting he played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on his recorder and asked the kids to name the the song. After the kids correctly named the song , Mr. Stark followed this act with worm and grackle stories.
He sang songs and played his guitar in between stories and the
kids loved it! This group of kids could easily be their own choir. The participated well and embraced all the music.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fun in the sun outside Brandon Library

We found that having a good ole fashion sprinkler can be all the fun you need well, add a sno cone and some cotten candy to get good and sticky. Then of course you have to run through to wash

Summer Programs and New Cards @ Polkville Library!

YIKES! Things were jumping...and crawling...and flying the Polkville Library on June 23. The CMRLS Puppet Team visited with skits, stories, and bug jokes for the 25 children and 11 adults that attended. Everyone enjoyed the "insect invasion" cake and the butterfly cookies; and many went home with a bumble bee, lady bug, or butterfly adorning their faces! This was THE buggiest place to be in Smith County this week!

This is just one of the 4 bikes to be given as prizes at Polkville Public Library!

There is even more fun to be had this summer in Polkville with David Hays and Creepy Crawly Creations, on June 30, 3:30 p.m. and Inky the Clown with Bug-tastic Magic on July 7, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"What's my favorite card...."

Talented magician, Robert Day, asked the audience. He held up three large cards: two kings and one ace. The audience was wild and shouted "king" or "ace" but Mr. Day's reply was "library card". As a librarian, I was very impressed by his library card compliment and that reading magic books from the library was how he learned how to perform magic tricks.

I spotted one child hold up his new plastic library card and said "I have one of those, see?!?" Mr. Day's program is high energy and the audience absolutely loved the magic and the candy was a nice touch too!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

BUGS! Bugs! BUGS! by Bob Barner

Take a minute to read this buggy book from! Just click on the right-hand page with your mouse and the page will turn! Enjoy the BUGS!

What a BUG!

Mendenhall 3 Week 1
Originally uploaded by CMRLS Photos
This bug was "caught" at the Mendenhall Public Library during a Summer Reading Program! It looks like the bug is wearing a staff name badge. Does anyone recognize this READING BUG?

I am a Wiiiide Mouth Frog....

What do you feed your babies?!?!

Last Thursday, the Pearl Public Library and its patrons enjoyed the Central MS Regional Library System's Puppets and Puppeteers: Kathy Sparkman, Janet Paczak, and Audrey Read. They entertained and wowed us with their talents and bugtastic jokes! Check out this clip from Tuesday, June 17; the CMRLS Puppeteers returned for an encore presentation for our preschool story time group.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Library is a buzzzzz in Brandon

Last Tuesday we started our Summer Reading Program with an extra special buggy story time.
We had a great crowd turn out at 10 am and at 3 pm. Where we started by transforming in to bugs and dancing our sillies out. Thursday night we all gathered together and enjoyed the wonderful CMRLS Puppeteers. They children enjoyed and could not hold those contagious laughing bugs in.
This Tuesday we will have a Buggy Movie Day with popcorn and kool-aid, then Thursday Night we will be amazed by the magic of Robert Day.

6/17 - Craft Day
6/19 - the famous Inky the Clown
6/24 - Play Day in the Park (with planned special activities and summer treats)
6/26 - The Snakeman

We look forwarding to seeing everyone there! If you have not signed up, come and sign up at the event.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Write a Summer Book Review!

Catch the READING Bug!
Click on "COMMENTS" at the end of this post and write a few lines about a book you've read and tell why you liked it. (Be sure to give the title and author.) Or, if you'd rather write the review on paper and give it to someone on staff @ your library, we will post the review for you!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


There have been recent sitings of bugs at Morton Elementary School. A grasshopper, a red wasp and a bumblebee were seen roaming the halls recently to tell students about the Summer Reading Program at Morton Public Library. Many thanks to the grasshopper (Brady Bradshaw), the red wasp (Brooks Holifield) and the bumblee (Bailey Bradshaw) for helping tell all the children about CATCH THE READING BUG!!!

Join us for our first program on Thursday, June 5, at 2:00. The program is The Good, The Bad & The (B)Ugly.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Start with a square...

Or any shape if you dare.

Talented Mississippian Chuck Galey, author and illustrator, was the first performance of the summer reading program for the Pearl Public Library. He was received well by the children, parents and staff.

He explained the process of how books are born and showed his various sketches for books he has illustrated. One of the coolest elements he added to the program was a particpatory activity where he asked the children to use geometric shapes to create bugs. After he finished one bug he asked the crowd to name the bug using the geometric shapes names. Some memorable new bug names include "He-doo", "Tricyloval", "Bugsy", "Posionous Trapezoid", or "Buzzy Bob".

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Dynamic Duo

Recently, two of the Pearl Public Library's (PPL) youngest patrons were featured in the Rankin Ledger on Saturday, May 17. I felt very proud to have them featured and to have them represent PPL. Along with their families, they are two of the most avid readers and supporters of PPL's Pearl Peanut Story Time and Preschool Story Time programs. Below is the link for the entire story.

SRP Sponsors who Totally Rock!

(Description: Youth Services Supervisor Office with bees and beehives)

A Swarm of Thanks to the Summer Reading sponsors

for the Pearl Public Library!!!

Sponsors make an incredible difference to the library.

Bumpers Drive-In
Dennis and McRee Auto Repair
Mr. and Mrs. Ruff
Mr. and Mrs. Vess
Mr. and Mrs. Villa
Mrs. Bowen
Mrs. Duplichain
Pearl Friends of the Library
Sicily's Italian Buffet Restaurant
Waffle House

Friday, May 16, 2008

Pre-flight Kick off For Summer Reading

Monday May 19th, 5pm to 7pm
Brandon Public Library will hold a Registration kick off for Summer Reading, with Hot Dogs in the Park.
It is for ages up to 13 years old.
Come sign up for all our summer events and get a gift packet, free hot dog, and a schedule of when our events will be.
Sneak Peek
We will have magic, and puppets, clowns, movies and even snakes. There will also be time to hear some buggy stories and make some cool crafts and time to sing and grove to a buggin beat.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

What do I do this summer...

Visit your library!!!

This year marks my 5th summer reading program and it also marks my 1st year to supervise one! I have had a "Funtastic" time "Stepping to the beat" about the importance of literacy, using every resource from my figurative "Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales", learning how to "Get a Clue" about a library's worth to its community.

As stated in an earlier comment, the Pearl Public Library is offering a 6-week summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug", designed for K-6th children and a 5-week program, "Metamorphosis", for young adults ages 13-17!

There is a wealth of knowledge and excitement in your library and the best part is that the services your library offers are ALL FREE! Below is a summer reading program schedule for the Pearl Public Library but you can go to for other libraries' schedules.

Catch the Reading Bug
(Kindergarten-6th grade)
All children's programs are Thursdays at 6:00 PM

June 5
Chuck Galey, author and Illustrator

June 12

June 19
Robert Day the Magician

June 26
John Stark, Story Teller and Naturalist

July 3
Bug Craft Fair
July 10
Summer Reading Finale: “Bug-tastic” Game Night

(Ages 13-17)
All teen programs are Mondays at 6:00 PM

June 9
Need to relax? Had a tough semester? Join us for meditation and yoga!

June 16
Cartooning with John Read, Publisher and Editor of Stay Tooned Magazine

June 23
Play Etiquette Jeopardy! Last day to register for Teen Summer Reading Program
June 30
Volunteer and Career Faire

July 7
Party and Awards Ceremony and finale with Watts Up Jams

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's almost SUMMER!

Wow! Get ready for a great summer. Register at your library for the 2008 Summer Reading Program - Catch the Reading Bug! Check out the fun links and a calendar with summer programs listed and we'll post pictures here on the blog and on our Flickr page! We'll have 'buggy' fun all summer!