New & Renewed Programs Coming to a Library Near You

Starting this Thursday, students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades are invited to join the Book-2-Movie Club, where we will read together, discuss it, and do a fun craft or activity each week. When we finish the book, there will be an opportunity for everyone to go see the movie. At Union Public Library Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00. September 26th, we begin the NY Times Bestselling novel Wonder by R. J. Palaccio, a story soon to be a major motion picture (in theaters in November.)

Free Family Movie Matinees take place each week in one library in each of our counties, showing family-friendly films and offering free popcorn for all who attend. Fun for all ages at the De Kalb Public Library Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 and at J. Elliott McMullan Public Library in Newton Friday afternoons at 4:00.

New to three libraries in our system, Afterschool Story is a program to inspire the love and joy of reading in young students from preschool to 3rd grade. Just 20 minutes of reading outside of school each day can make a huge difference in reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The library makes it easier for students to fit those 20 minutes into their days in a fun way. At De Kalb Public Library Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m., at J. Elliott McMullan Public Library from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, and at Scooba Public Library from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Library User Appreciation Week

All locations of the Kemper-Newton Regional Library System will celebrate National Library Week 2017 as Library User Appreciation Week. The people of  our communities make their libraries awesome!

Visit one (or more!) of our libraries from April 10th to April 13th to enjoy free — and sometimes tasty — tokens of our appreciation. While you’re there, tell your librarians why you love your library and make them smile.

De Kalb Public Library Schedule Update

Librarians in De Kalb are excited to announce changes to the library’s schedule that will make it more convenient for library users in Kemper County. The new schedule goes into effect May 1st.

According to the Library System Director, Meredith Wickham, the changes were requested by library users. “We’ve had several requests for the library to stay open until 6:00 p.m. at least one evening per week, which is especially helpful for those of us who work all day,” Ms. Wickham said. “And some patrons also wanted longer hours on Fridays, so we found a way to make that happen.”

Beginning May 1st, the De Kalb Public Library will open at 9:00 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. The complete new schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays             9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays             9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays      9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays                  9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Kemper-Newton Regional Library System provides the people of Kemper and Newton Counties with free access to the internet, to books and ebooks, and to many other materials that promote educational, professional, and personal development, enriching their lives and the life of their communities.

Open House Invitation

To celebrate the completion of Scooba Public Library’s renovations, please join us for an Open House on  Thursday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. The celebration will include a recognition of our donors and volunteers and their accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.

This event, free and open to the public, will mark the exciting conclusion of work that began many months ago by a team of volunteers including a professional cataloger from the Huntington Library in California and the East Mississippi Community College (Scooba) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Community members will be able to see “before” photos of the library project and compare them to the finished interior.

Scooba Branch was the sole library in the system that had not yet been automated. Because all of the library system’s staff hours are required to maintain regular operations, additional help was needed for this special project. Librarian Kate Peck flew in from California and donated three weeks of professional work to catalog the collection (put the catalog into our Integrated Library System, permitting automated computer check outs and online requests.) Lamar County Library Director Phillip Carter and Technical Services Librarian Terry Lajaunie provided additional pro bono assistance with the process.

Donations of books and materials were made by residents of Scooba and Kemper County, EMCC students, local businesses, and individuals. Mayor Alan Beatty and the Scooba Board of Aldermen voted to allow changes to be made to the Town of Scooba’s building to increase available floor space for shelves and furniture. Phi Theta Kappa members organized a Children’s Book Drive to collect new, updated reading material for the community’s young people. The honor society chapter also donated paint, carpet, equipment, hardware, and signage and many hours of hard work to repaint the library and completely rearrange the space. Liberty Fuels Company, LLC made a cash gift which was used to create a bright, comfortable, and welcoming space for children.

We look forward to seeing many members of the community of the Town of Scooba and Kemper County at the Scooba Library Open House on April 27th. For directions to the library or for further information about the event, call or email the library office.