Public libraries play an essential role in community strength by supporting education, literacy, and endless knowledge for all who enter through their doors.
People come to libraries not only for information but also to make friends and benefit from free educational resources. Mothers often join story-time clubs with their young children, while elderly people attend various events and find ways to connect with people.
Teenagers can meet at the library with their study groups for teambuilding or school projects, while avid readers discuss current events in local book clubs.
Free resource workshops are often taught about art, finance, employment…and more.
Libraries often serve as community centers for diverse populations by supporting non-English speakers to help them integrate into the community.
Furthermore, for artists and art enthusiasts, public libraries can provide a place to arrange exhibitions and promote themselves.
One of the most significant and beautiful attributes about a public library is they provide access to the arts for all visitors, which alone is priceless, except…public libraries are free, which is also an added perk.
The Jackson-George Regional Library is no exception, as they continue to provide rich and diverse resources to all ages.
Here’s a list of upcoming library events:
Pascagoula Library Kids Valentine’s Day Bingo
PASCAGOULA, MS __ Roses are red, violets are blue. Will you join us for BINGO!? You might just win, too! Come to Pascagoula Library for a special Valentine’s Day Bingo Tuesday, February 14 at 4 pm. Kids can play to their heart’s content and have a chance to win prizes! Kids under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.
Vancleave Library Host Sound of the Heart
VANCLEAVE, MS __ The Vancleave Public Library will host “Sound of the Heart” Wednesday, February 15th, 1 p.m. Homeschoolers of all ages are invited to come and learn about their heart. Participants will investigate the sound of the heart and construct a stethoscope out of supplies they may already have on hand. Sign up at the library’s front desk or call 228-826-5857.
Vancleave Presents “Black History: Untold Gulf Coast History”
VANCLEAVE, MS __ The Vancleave Public Library welcomes Artis Burney of “Cosmic Poetry Sanctuary” Thursday, February 16, at 5:30 pm to present the history of African American & Indigenous people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast! The presentation will include food samples, instruments, and storytelling! Everyone is welcome. Call the library for more information, at 228-826-5857.
Lucedale-George County Public Library Teen Watercolor Workshop!
LUCEDALE, MS __ The Lucedale-George County Public Library will offer a free “Teen Watercolor Workshop”, February 16th at 5 pm. Teens aged 12 to 16 are invited to learn the basics of watercolor painting. Paint Supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Spaces are limited! Call the Library today and save your seat! (601) 947-2123.
Gautier Public Library Open House
GAUTIER, MS __ Gautier Public Library and Friends of the Gautier Library will host an open house and membership drive Friday, February 17th from 1-4 pm. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments and a tour of the library. For more information, contact the library at 228-497-4531.
Gautier Public Library Family Game Day
GAUTIER, MS __ Families can test their skills with famous boards like UNO, Trouble, and Yahtzee at Gautier Public Library “Family Game Day”, Saturday, February 18th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. All ages are welcomed. For more information, contact the library at 228-497-4531.
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein.