Library is on the move

From press reports

The Winston County Library is part of the Mississippi Library
Partnership, bringing more than 3.1 million titles to you.

Mississippi Library Partnership member libraries include the Columbus-
Lowndes Public Library System, East Mississippi Community College
Libraries, First Regional Library (headquartered in Hernando, MS),
Lee-Itawamba Library System (headquartered in Tupelo, MS),
Mississippi State University Library Systems, Mississippi University
for Women, Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System,
Starkville High School, Tombigbee Regional Library System
(headquartered in West Point, MS), and our own Mid-Mississippi
Regional Library System (headquartered in Kosciusko, MS).

What this means is that with your MMRLS library card, you can
checkout materials at any of the Mississippi Library Partnership 55
member libraries. You can also borrow materials from these libraries
from your own home computer or electronic device, and have them
delivered to the Winston County Library. You will be notified via e-
mail or phone when your item is available for checkout.

As of October 2012, MMRLS is able to offer free e-Book checkout and
downloading for our patrons on multiple e-Reading devices from any
location. Contact the library for any questions you have about your
e-Reading device, how to open your free library e-Book account, or
how to view the virtual catalog and download a book.

The Friends of the Library continue to do outstanding work in raising
funds to provide items for the library not within the yearly
budget. This past year the Friends purchased a new lockable LCD TV
cabinet for the public meeting room, bought a metal CD display rack
for the Splash Teen Room, purchased books during some of the summer
months, and provided new portable changeable signs for outside
library notices. They also hosted the annual City/County Officials
Luncheon held during National Library Week during April 2012, as they
will again during April 2013. Money is raised through annual
Membership Drives, used book sales, and through Vowell’s Market Place
Smart Shopper Savings Stamp program.

The Splash Teen Council is very active throughout the year, enjoying
their own Splash Teen Room, filled with color and artwork, fun
furniture, young adult reading materials, magazines, music CDs, and
two computers dedicated only for teens.

Programs this past year have included a nighttime Fear Factor
competition, painting tiles for the teen room ceiling (each local
high school was also involved and a ceiling tile representing
Louisville High School, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya High Schools, Grace
Christian and Winston Academy High Schools are on display), Game Day
and Water War Day, Cyberbullying, and Social Media Pros and Cons.
Upcoming programs include Career Day on April 23rd, in which local
business people will address the group about educational requirements
and preparation for various careers, and a program this summer on
public speaking. Anyone age 13 – 18 can join the Splash Teen
Council, which meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 –
5:30 at the library and Teen Programs, which are open to any teen,
are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:30 – 5:30 at the
library.

Children can call 773-3566 to listen to Dial-A-Story seven days a
week, 24-hours a day. We just celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday in
March with a big birthday party at the library in which 45 children
and adults participated. Julie Chase, our children’s librarian, is
very active in the community, visiting every school throughout the
year with programs and even conducting computer classes in the high
schools on the Magnolia learning database and on the Learning Express
Library – two very important tools for high-school, college and
graduate school students.

We are gearing up to celebrate National Library Week April 14-20,
2013 (article in next week’s Winston County Journal), and of course
the Summer Library Programs for children and teens during June and
July. Watch for articles on the summer programs coming soon.

The Winston County Library services an average of 6,786 people each
month, and checks out an average of 5,571 items each month. Our
twelve free public access computers, the only ones in the county, see
an average usage of 791 people each month. We also delivered books
to home-bound or sick patrons 78 times in the last year. We are
always striving to provide the best services to the people of Winston
County, and also to those visiting our county.

The library also recently returned to having its doors open 6 days a
week with the library now open on Thursdays which makes the
libarary open Monday through Saturday.

Call the library at 662-773-3212 for information on any of our
programs or for questions in general.