Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Flowood Teens Had a Blast Designing Tech Franken-Toys!

Flowood Library had a great turn out for our Teen Tech event making Franken-Toys last week.

The teens made toys that could spin and race by finding motors and gears from old tech devices and other toys.  Check out their cool and creepy creations!

The creations that didn't move were pretty amazing as well!  I mean, I never would have thought to make these creepy dolls!

Join us next week on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm to make CREEPY cupcakes with us!  You know you want to show off your talents!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Flowood Teens host Teen Tech Night with Franken-Toys

Have you always wanted to design your own mutant toy? Well, here's your chance to show off your skills. We are taking old toys  and old tech devices and tearing them apart to put together our own new creations. 

We are meeting tomorrow night at 6pm at the Flowood Library to make Franken-Toys! All supplies will be provided. This program is free and designed for students in grades 6-12. I can't wait to see you all and see what you create! Snacks and sodas will be provided while supplies last.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October is Going to the Teens & Tweens

October is a great month. Fall is finally in the air, football is back full force, and Halloween is just around the corner. A month where scaring someone is completely acceptable and even encouraged.

For the Magee Library, October means some really cool things happening for our Teens and Tweens. This year, we are combining two great weeks, Teen Read and Teen Tech, into one great month, TeenTober!

We will be having an awesome Tech program for our Teens and Tweens! LEGO Mindstorm Kits!

Our Tween (5th - 8th grade) program will be Monday, October 21 @ 4 p.m.
Our Teen (9 - 12th grade) program will be Monday, October 28 @ 4 p.m.

For the Read part of the month, we will have a passive program going all month!
We want all our Teens and Tweens to stop by the Library and write a poem. Since it is October, we thought Zombies would be a good theme to write a rhyme about! We can't wait to read the results!

Come by the Magee Library and help us celebrate TeenTober!

Monday, October 7, 2019

TeenTober Tech

Hello Teens!

This Monday saw a great program for TeenTober! We were honored to host the robotics team R U Serious as well as their array of technology. The event started off with a brief introduction to the types of programs the team would be using in order to build their robot. They also showed us what goals they would be programming their robot to meet in order to win their upcoming competition. After a small demo, the team showed off their 3D printer and explained its workings.

There were also some examples of circuitry set up throughout the room. There were a few Makey Makey kits (set up to play piano using PlayDoh) as well as an energy stick that was activated even through a group of 11 people (to create the human circuit)!

As seen in the picture above, the event concluded with the teens getting the chance to code some bots of their own! The team produced a pair of Ozobots for this opportunity. After a brief discussion, the teens had the chance to code their own track for the bots to run. I'm not going to lie; it was awesome!

Don't forget: the next program (for both Middle Graders and Teens) will be October 21st. Come join in for our Pizza Taste-Off to determine which pizza restaurant has the best in Brandon!

See you soon!

New Guessing Game @ Brandon

Hello Teens!

We have a new guessing game for the month of October going on at the Brandon Public Library. In the jar you can see in the picture, there are several lines from a popular novel (don't worry, I didn't actually cut up a book for this). Without opening the container, you must guess the title of the novel in question. At the end of the month, all those who guessed correctly will win a prize! Just make sure to get your guesses in while you can...the book will change with the month!

(Also, yes, that is a gourd creature from the last Middle Grade Monday: Create Your Own Creature. His name is Dumblegourd. You can see some of the other creatures on our Facebook page or our display in the Young Adult section of the library.)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Flowood's Got Talent - What's Your Talent?

Are you ready to show off your talents?  We only have one day left until the Flowood Teen Karaoke Night.  Join us Thursday, September 26th, at 6pm and perform your favorite Karaoke song.  If you don't want to perform, how about joining us for pizza and sodas, and cheering on your friends.  We look forward to hearing your fabulous voices and hanging out with you.

Did you see the fantastic Alien Art that was turned in for our contest?  Kennedy was our winner and received 2 gift cards from our amazing teen program sponsors as her prize.  Kennedy will get some free pizza from Little Caesars and get to do a little shopping at Five Below as her reward for winning the Teen Alien Art contest.

Keep watching for the fun things we have in store for October!  It will be a Spooktacular month!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Alien Art Contest at the Flowood Library

Aliens are appearing all around the Flowood Library as teens submit their art entries for our contest. 

We will display these colorful aliens and have voting to determine the winner. Have you shown us your art skills and turned in your alien yet? The deadline is fast approaching.  All aliens must be turned in to a Flowood staff member by September 20th to compete in the art contest. Will you be the winner? If you haven't come by yet to pick up your coloring page alien, we have them back in the TEEN ZONE! 

After all the excitement of the siege on Area 51, what is coming up next? We have a TEEN KARAOKE NIGHT planned for September 26th at 6pm in the large meeting room. Come perform you favorite (library appropriate) song. Come in costume if you desire. Show off your skills or support your friends who are performing. Pizza and drinks will be provided while supplies last!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Alien Invasion in the Flowood Teen Zone

Flowood library has had an alien invasion and we need your help! Our aliens are drab and boring and we need your artistic talents to brighten up the space. Come by and pick up an alien to color and enter to win our Teen Alien Art Contest. Just color your alien, write your name and contact number on the back, and turn it into a library staff member by September 20th. The winner will be announced September 21st!

If you just want to relax and add to our current decor, pick some colors and add your special touch to our coloring sheets on the windows!

If art isn't your thing, but you need a selfie with an alien as you get ready to storm Area 51, stop by and visit our new friend. We also have a nice selection of Area 51 themed books if you need to do some research and preparation for the big day! Stay safe and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Special Doctor Who Event at Brandon!

Hello teens!

We at the Brandon Public Library have a very special event coming up! Prepare yourselves for Doctor Who Day!

Yes, I realize some of you might not know anything about Doctor Who (I will forgive time), but this is the perfect opportunity to learn. If you like anything remotely Sci-Fi, British, funny, dramatic, or sarcastic, you will appreciate this show. This event is basically a mini-convention, so even if you are new to the series, you will get the chance to learn by watching those who are not. We will have trivia games for those hardcore Whovians, so brush up on your TARDIS knowledge. There will be mini-games that are not trivia related, but definitely fun for everyone. Don't forget the costume contest and the potluck! Yes, free food. You're welcome. The library will be providing the drinks, so make sure that you bring your favorite Doctor Who-themed dishes to share.

All ages are welcome to this event, so don't feel shy about bringing your friends, parents, or siblings. Be sure to be there Saturday, September 21 at 12:00pm. Allons-y!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Weird Science at Magee

One of the advantages of being old is that we had great everything! I grew up in the 80s and they were totally awesome, dude! The music, the clothes, the hair (MULLETS), and the movies. They were the best!

One of my favorite movies was Weird Science. It featured Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as a pair of teenage geeks that use a computer to build the perfect girl. The girl helps them to be cool and popular. In the end, the two geeks finally learn that is cool to be who you  are. 

The movie is filled with special effects that don't seem so special now and tons of laughs. It made liking science not seem so geeky. Or even all that weird. But, to me the cool thing about science is that it is weird sometimes. 

So in honor of Weird Science, we will have some kinda weird science experiments in September for Tweens (5th - 8th grade) and Teens (9th - 12th grade). 

Tweens will attempt to blow up a balloon on a plastic bottle. This will happen Monday, September 16 @ 4 p.m.

Teens will try to blow up a balloon inside a plastic bottle. It will be Monday, September 23 @ 4 p.m.

We invite all our Tweens and Teens to come by the library and explore a little weird science!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What's New With Brandon

Hello Teens!

That time of year has come again: school is back in session. With the new school year comes some new events at the Brandon Public Library! As the picture shows, we have a new display above the YA section. Yes, this one is also a guessing game. The trick to this is to guess what the Dewey Decimal Number (or Call Number, whichever applies) is for each book "app". There are guessing sheets to fill out to make your life somewhat easier, so be sure to ask for the answer sheets when you stop by!

Coming up, we also will be featuring some new and old board games at our Middle Grade Game Night! Thursday, August 29 at 5:00 p.m., be sure to come and see what new games we have! This program is mostly for middle graders, but don't worry, teens are welcome as well.

Don't forget to come by the Children's Desk for research and homework tips! We have several different free resources that are helpful to any student trying to survive project or paper time. Don't worry, school isn't that far behind me; I still remember some good tips and tricks.

Be on the lookout for some awesome events coming up in September!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Young Adult Mississippi Book Recommendations

As part of our Mississippi History display, we're sharing some awesome recommendations for young adult fiction and nonfiction! Swing by the Brandon Library for more.

YA Fiction

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny's life--and family--is getting complicated. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool, where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.

Find it in the CMRLS here!

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected invitation from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving for the lavish Wyndriven Abbey in the heart of Mississippi.
Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Find it in the CMRLS here!

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.  So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Find it in the CMRLS here!

YA Non-Fiction

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS will be the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen. 

Find in the CMRLS here!

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to “speak what we see.”

Find it in the CMRLS here!

Events That Changed the Course of History: Mississippi Becoming a State 200 Years Later by Amanda Hutchins

Two hundred years ago, on Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state to join the Union. Follow Mississippi on its long path to statehood, from the habitation of the Chickasaw, Choctaw and other tribes dating all the way back to 10,000 B.C., to its first European settlement in 1699, to eventually becoming a U.S. territory after the Revolutionary War.
However, Mississippi only enjoyed its status as a state for about 43 years before its citizens voted to secede from the Union in early 1861, just a few short months before the beginning of the Civil War. In this book, you will learn just why Mississippi seceded, how the state fared during the war, and how it dealt with reconstruction after the Confederacy was dissolved.
From the development of the Blues, to the Civil Rights Movement, to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, there have been a great number of changes, both good and bad, in Mississippi in the past century, and there are sure to be more to come. Take a closer look at the Magnolia State's history and learn how its past has shaped the culture and people of Mississippi today.
Find in in the CMRLS here!

All summaries acquired via Goodreads.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Flowood Teens

We've revamped the Teen Zone to be more awesome.  Come by and check out our rearranged seating, more areas for study and work, and our cool new wall art claiming the area as ours!

To help us get through the first month of school, the Flowood library has decided to throw a Back to School Pizza Party and Game Night just for tweens and teens!  Come eat pizza and join in the gaming fun on August 22nd at 6pm.  As usual, Little Caesar's Store #156 is co-sponsoring our night so that we can double our pizza.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Flowood Teens

The Flowood Teen Summer Reading Program was a blast. We painted, we mocked bad movies, we wrote fan fiction, we had a fabulous cosplay contest, and we attempted to make our own video. Prizes were awarded and lots of pizza was eaten! We had some great sponsors this summer to help us have fun programs. 

Lots of thanks to Little Caesars Store #156, Five Below, and Allimoe, LLC for their generous donations of food and prizes. Additional thanks to Friends of the Flowood Library for donating to the cost of food and supplies! Here are some highlights from the summer fun. 

Above: Cosplay Contest.  Below:  Droid Mason Jars.  Right:  Fan Fiction Workshop


Thank you to our sponsors!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Most teenagers have read a book or two by everyone's favorite author, Dr. Seuss. They are almost required reading for children. Everyone has a favorite. Mine is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. For others, it might be Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Barthlolomew Cubbins is a page in the the Kingdom of  Didd. He is in service to King Derwin. King Derwin becomes disenchanted with the regular things that fall from the sky like rain and snow and fog. He wants something special. Something unique. So against the warning of young Bartholomew, the King has his magicians create something new. The result is Oobleck! 

Oobleck is a sticky green substance that soon covers everything! When the King finally realises his mistake, it is too late to do anything. He finally admits that this huge mess is his fault and says that he is sorry. 

That turns out to be the magic words to reverse the Oobleck. Shortly after saying I'm sorry, all the Oobleck is gone. This book is a good reminder to be thankful for what one has and to be careful what you want. 

The Oobleck in the story covers everything. On August 19 at 4 p.m. the Teens will make Oobleck at the Magee Library. This program is for 9th to 12th graders. Hopefully, we won't cover the entire library in Oobleck, but you never know. We might even make it dance. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

What a Summer?!?!

WOW! It has been a Space-tacular Summer so far! But, before we look back, let's look forward!

On Monday, July 8th, our Tweens (5th - 8th Graders) will use old Cds and DVDs to make Galaxy Spinners. We will have Sharpies, Markers, and stickers for decorating and marbles to make them spin.

On Monday, July 15th, our Teens (9th - 12th Graders) will have their turn to be Master of their own Galaxy!

Both  programs will be at 11 am!

Now, to look back. This Summer, we have had snakes, buzzards, puppets, owls, and an inflatable! We have seen lots of smiles on adults and heard joyful squeals from our kids. It has been a great Summer.

One of the biggest reasons for our success this Summer is our Teen Volunteers. We are blessed here at Magee to have an amazing group of young men and women that help with everything we do during the summer. They come early to set up, participate during the programs, help things from getting too crazy, and then stay late to clean up. We could not do what we do without them!

We can't wait to see what July will bring!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Come visit our Mendenhall Library for an out of this world experience on Tuesday, July 2 @ 3 pm. We will be painting galaxy rocks, or moon rocks, whichever you would like. You will be over the moon with excitement, so bring all of your alien friends. The more the merrier.

All supplies will be provided for this program. The only thing you will need to bring to this program is your own creativity. The best part about this program is checking out everyone's galaxy rocks after you're finished. No two galactic rocks will be the same. We will be using acrylic paint, so wear your old clothes, this paint will not wash out.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Stratospheric Trivia and Star-Stunning Magic Coming Up at the Pearl Public Library!

Summer Library Program 2019, themed A Universe of Stories, has it all at the Pearl Public Library!

Remember all programs are FREE!

For teens, get ready for  "Out of this World " Trivia on Mon. July 1 at 5:30 p.m. Topics will include general science, space and Sci-Fi pop culture such as movies and TV shows. There will be prizes and light refreshments!

Coming up for the whole family on Thurs. June 27 at 6 p.m. it's magician Dorian LaChance  always a crowd pleaser!

We'll see you there!

Monday, June 17, 2019

An Out of This World Way to Help the Planet at the Pearl Public Library!

As part of Summer Library Program 2019 themed A Universe of Stories, come and join in the fun of turning Trash Into Treasure tonight's Teen Night program at the Pearl Library. Take "throw-away" items and recycle them into really inventive, useful items! 

It starts at 5:30 p.m.!

Try not to miss out on this wonderful teen program! 

For the whole family, bring the kids out tomorrow night for ANIMAL TALES a free program that starts at 6 p.m. Tues June 18.  Live animals are so exciting and totally UNPREDICTABLE!

We'll see you there!