Sunday, March 15, 2020




March 15, 2020

Dear Valued Library Patrons,

The Central Mississippi Regional Library System and the Board of Trustees have made the most difficult decision to close our twenty (20) branches in Rankin, Scott, Simpson and Smith Counties and the Headquarters office in Brandon, MS, to the public. With direction from the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Board of Trustees of CMRLS have decided to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our area, effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice. This closure affects traditional library services, all programs, outreach services, and meeting room reservations made by the library.

We ask for your cooperation and patience during these uncertain times.  If you have library materials currently in your possession, please do not return them in our bookdrops. CMRLS will waive any fines or fees associated with this time period. CMRLS will extend all due dates and suspend all notices during this time. CMRLS will not accept any material donations such as books and DVDs. Lastly, while closed, the libraries will be cleaned and sanitized.

CMRLS services can still be accessed through our digital materials. There are thousands of eBooks, eAudio books, music, and more, available 24/7. We will continue to update our social media and website, Cmrls.lib.ms.us, about any further disruptions to library services. 

A call center at the Mississippi State Department of Health is now available for the general public at 1-877-978-6453 to answer questions about COVID-19.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, but the health of our patrons and staff is of the utmost importance at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Warm regards,

Mara Villa Polk, Director
Central Mississippi Regional Library System




100 Tamberline Street - P. O. Box 1749 - Brandon, MS 39043 - Ph: 601-825-0100 - Fax 601-825-0199

Friday, March 13, 2020

Temporary Program Cancellations

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in  Mississippi and in an abundance of caution, all CMRLS locations will temporarily suspend all programs, outreach services, and meeting room reservations made by the library effective Saturday, March 14 tentatively through Sunday, March 29. We will continue to evaluate the situation to determine if we have to continue the suspension of services or to close branches.

CMRLS Libraries are open. CMRLS services can still be accessed through our digital materials. There are thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, and more, available 24/7.

We will continue to update our social media and website, Cmrls.lib.ms.us, about any further disruptions to library services.

We apologize in advance for this inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding of the situation.

A call center at the Mississippi State Department of Health is now available for the general public at 1-877-978-6453 to answer questions about COVID-19.

Mara V. Polk
Director
Central MS Regional Library System

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Life Is All About Stories

Growing up, one thing I always enjoyed was a good story. Real, made up, or from a book, it did not matter. I just liked stories. The action and adventure of the story or the hilarious events, I would listen all day long.  And, I know that I am not the only one.

Young people love to spin a tale. If you are one of those storytelling types, we want to hear them. March 20 is World Storytelling Day. We will celebrate with Storytelling Contests for our Tweens and Teens.

Tweens - your chance will be Monday, March 16. The fun starts at 4 p.m.

Teens - you can spin a tale on Monday, March 23. 

Telling stories and enjoying some snacks, what a great way to spend an afternoon!
We are looking forward to some great stories, maybe a few tears, some laughs, and a whole lot of fun. Come join us!





Friday, February 14, 2020

That Time of Year Again...

Hello Teens!

Yes, it is that time of year again: Valentine's Day, or as some like to call it: Single's Awareness Day. Whichever you celebrate, chocolate is definitely always appreciated. Hopefully, the appreciation will extend to the dual nature of our February Display at the Brandon Public Library:


Definitely snazzy. Our "What's The Title?" guessing game has now been updated for February! Try to guess the title of the shredded novel in the jar to earn a prize at the end of the month! Last month's novel title was [🥁]: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky! Congrats to the winners and good luck for this month's round!

Reminders:
  • This month's Video Game Day will feature a MarioKart 8 Tournament on our Wii U! Join us Saturday, February 15 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
  • The Brandon Public Library will be closed for President's Day Monday, February 17.
See you soon!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February is All About LOVE!?!?

February is here again! Cold weather and warm hearts. Right? It is the offical month of love. Valentine's Day! Time to get into a romantic mindset. Only one small problem. What if you think along the same lines of that classic rock song, Love Stinks.

Well, then, February is a bit of a problem for you. BUT, maybe we have a solution for you at Magee. All this month, we love POOP! Yep, and it does stink!

Come by the Magee Library and find books to teach you way more than you ever wanted to know about poop. Trust us, there are more books than you probably think. Check some out and take them home. you can even read in the ... well you know. All we ask is that you be kind and keep them clean.

If you are 5th to 8th grade, you can come and show how much you really know or don't know about poop. We got the questions, you provide  the answers. We will have some snacks and a prize.

Teens - 9th to 12th grade, you will also get your chance to prove that you know some ... uh, poop! The winner will get a prize, everyone else gets some snacks. And , they are totally edible. We promise!

So come by the Magee Library and join us as we sing at the top of our lungs, LOVE STINKS!
And in this case, it really do!



Friday, January 31, 2020

Magnolia Madness at Brandon!

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Hello Teens!

The time has come to vote for the 2020 Magnolia Award winners! During the month of February, Mississippi readers will be casting their votes for their favorite current books! Check out the books from your grade level on this list https://www.usm.edu/sites/default/files/groups/fay-b-kaigler-childrens-book-festival/pdf/magnoliabookawards_2020_nominee_short_list_1.pdf and vote for your favorites! If we don't have the book, we will find a branch that does!

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Reminders:

1) Monday, February 3 will be Middle Grade Monday: 3Doodlers. Give your imagination form with our 3Doodler pens! *This program is for middle graders ages 10-13, but we will not turn helpful teens away.

2) The Brandon Public Library will be closed Friday, February 7 for Team Development.

3) Every Tuesday, the Makery is open to all ages from 1-5 with different Maker Space projects.
Drop by and have some creative fun!

4) For the months of February and March, the Children's/Youth Department will have button-makers available for the public use (thanks to the Mississippi Library Commission). Come and design your very own buttons!

See you soon!