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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Stories From The Road: Nettleton

The community of Nettleton sits on the boundary between Lee County on the north and Monroe County on the south. With a little over 2,000 residents, this friendly town's roots were forged in the late 1800s through the railroad. George Henry Nettleton, then president of the KCM&B Railroad was instrumental in founding the city. Today, members of this community work together to ensure the continued growth and success of their lovely city.

Recently, the Dorothy J. Lowe Memorial Library, a branch of the Tombigbee Regional Library System, opened its doors in a new location in Nettleton... a former funeral home that was owned by Plantersville resident Representative Steve Holland. The library's previous location was about 576 square feet and opened in 1987. The new library has over 5,000 square feet, allowing ample space for more public access computers and an area for children's programming.

Maridelle Dickerson, the longtime branch librarian, is thrilled with the new space. The day of our visit she couldn't have been prouder to show us around the new library.

Branch librarian, Maridelle Dickerson (right), talks with MLC's Lacy Ellinwood about the new facility.


The branch has a very active Friends of the Library group whose members have all worked tirelessly to make sure this new library location has everything it needs to make it a tremendous new addition to the community. We had the pleasure of meeting a few of these hard-working volunteers along with Mem Riley, Mayor of Nettleton, and former mayor, Brandon Presley, who now serves as Northern District Public Service Commissioner.

Pictured from left:  Maridelle Dickerson, branch librarian, Annette Whitlock,
Friends of the Library, Lacy Ellinwood, MLC Library Development Director,
Maria Bynum, Friends of the Library, Brandon Presley, Northern District Public
Service Commissioner, Tanna Taylor, Tombigbee Regional Library Director,
Mem Riley, Mayor of Nettleton, and Sharman Bridges Smith, MLC Interim Executive Director
The new library location is on Main Street in the heart of the community. This warm and inviting space offers lots of comfortable seating, a bright and fun children's area, and a public meeting room with audio-visual capabilities.



The library has received a great deal of support from the Nettleton residents. The Friends group  sold t-shirts, held fundraisers, and applied for grants to fund the move. It has truly been a labor of love for a large group of supporters... and it shows!


Libraries are truly one of the most important services a community can provide to its residents.  The city of Nettleton understands that and with the support of the Director of the Tombigbee Regional Library System, Tanna Taylor, this library will continue to be a tremendous asset to the residents.  Congratulations, Nettleton!

Friday, December 22, 2017

MLC Staff Favorite Reads in 2017: Juvenile Edition

There are some very enthusiastic readers on the staff of the Mississippi Library Commission. Not only do we read a lot of books geared toward adults, but we read a lot of children's books too. We read children's books to and with our children for both their benefit and ours. We read children's books because we serve on children's book award committees that help select awesome books that will instill a love of reading and learning. Most importantly, we read children's books because of our deep appreciation for books that spark imaginations, enrich minds, and inspire generations to come. Check out our diverse list of favorite juvenile reads from 2017 below, and remember: you don't have to be a child to appreciate the beauty of a children's book!

(Books available at MLC are linked. Check the statewide catalog to see if your local public library owns a staff pick that you'd like to read.)

Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga

Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Volume 1
Jeffrey Brown
2013
(middle grade)
Recommended by Bonita H.







Brave
Svetlana Chmakova
2017
(middle grade)
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







All's Faire in Middle School
Victoria Jamieson
2017
(middle grade)
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







America, Volume 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez
Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones
2017
(young adult)
Recommended by Ally W.









Young Adult
Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi
2010
Recommended by Annie W. 







#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
2017
Recommended by Ally W. 







We Are Okay
Nina LaCour
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.and Ally W.







The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Mackenzi Lee
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







The Astrologer's Daughter
Rebecca Lim
2014
Recommended by Ally W.







Moxie
Jennifer Mathieu
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Seanan McGuire
2017
Recommended by Ally W. 







Radio Silence
Alice Oseman
2016
Recommended by Amanda R.

 





The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
2017
Recommended by Natalie D.







Pivot Point
Kasie West
2013
Recommended by Mary Rodgers B.









Middle Grade
The War I Finally Won
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.

Midnight Without a Moon
Linda Williams Jackson
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Ahimsa
Supriya Kelkar
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Auma's Long Run
Eucabeth A. Odhiambo
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







The First Rule of Punk
Celia C. Perez
2017
Recommended by Ally W.







Ratpunzel (Hamster Princess, Volume 3)
Ursula Vernon
2016
Recommended by Ally W. 









Picture Books
Big Cat, Little Cat
Elisha Cooper
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Jabari Jumps
Gaia Cornwall
2017
Recommended by Curtis Sene C. 







The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling
Timothy Basil Ering
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Little Blue and Little Yellow
Leo Lionni
1959
Recommended by Curtis Sene C.

Maple
Lori Nichols
2014
Recommended by Bonita H.








Potatoes at Turtle Rock
Susan Schnur
2016
Recommended by Curtis Sene C.






Not Quite Narwhal
Jessie Sima
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.









Until next time, happy reading!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MLC Staff Favorite Reads in 2017: Adult Edition

Just because we work in a library, it doesn't automatically follow that we all love to read. In fact, some of us don't. (And that's okay!) But a lot of us do love to read. A lot. We read to improve our minds and to learn. We read to escape everyday life and to entertain ourselves. We read to experience something new and to connect with others. We read to feel joy and sadness, love and despair. The books we chose to read in 2017 reflect all of this. Classics of fiction, obscure texts on folklore, biographies, bestsellers, comics, romance, and mysteries: they're all here in a diverse list of of books read by the staff of the Mississippi Library Commission in the past year. Let us know which books were your favorite reads of 2017 in the comments.

(Books available at MLC are linked. Check the statewide catalog to see if your local public library owns a staff pick that you'd like to read.)

Fiction
The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood
2000
Recommended by Tracy C.







Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
1847
Recommended by Margaret S.







Mean Streak
Sandra Brown
2014
Recommended by Gloria J.








Who Goes There?
John W. Campbell, Jr.
1938
Recommended by Daniel W.







Virgin River series
Robyn Carr
2007-2012
Recommended by Cindy N.







Dark Matter
Blake Crouch
2016
Recommended by Gloria J.







Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
1860
Recommended by Margaret S.

 





A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
1859
Recommended by Margaret S.







American Housewife
Helen Ellis
2016
Recommended by Mary Rodgers B.

 





Bound Together
Christine Feehan
2017
Recommended by Lorietha M.

 





Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
2016
Recommended by Auriane R.







Breaking All My Rules
Trice Hickman
2013
Recommended by Demetra H.







The Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman
2017
Recommended by Ally W. 







Castle of Water
Dane Huckelbridge
2017
Recommended by Shellie Z. 







Backseat Saints 
Joshilyn Jackson
2010
Recommended by Veronica D.







The Gunslinger
Stephen King
1982
Recommended by Josh S.

 





Crazy Rich Asians series
Kevin Kwan
2013-2017
Recommended by Shellie Z.







The Lake House
Kate Morton
2015
Recommended by Mary Rodgers B. 







The Refugees
Viet Thanh Nguyen
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Run
Ann Patchett
2007
Recommended by Tracy C.







Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
2016
Recommended by Ally M.

 





Accidentally on Purpose
Jill Shalvis
2017
Recommended by Lorietha M.







Desperation Road
Michael Farris Smith
2017
Recommended by Susan L. 







The Bookseller
Cynthia Swanson
2015
Recommended by Mary Rodgers B.







A Study in Scarlet Women
Sherry Thomas
2016
Recommended by Ally W.







The Refrigerator Monologues
Catherynne M. Valente and Annie Wu
2017
Recommended by Annie W.

 





Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward
2017
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Miss Jane
Brad Watson
2016
Recommended by Charlotte M. 







Somebody to Love
Lori Wilde
2013
Recommended by Lorietha M. 









Nonfiction
Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality
Paul Barber
1988
Recommended by Daniel W. 







A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah
2007
Recommended by Auriane R.







WordPress Bible
Aaron Brazell
2010
Recommended by Eahmon J.







Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
2015
Recommended by Mac B. 







What Happened
Hillary Rodham Clinton
2017
Recommended by Margaret S. 







Queen Victoria's Granddaughters: 1860-1918
Christina Croft
2013
Recommended by Lynn B.







Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
Beth Ann Fennelly
2017
Recommended by Tracy C.







Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Lauren Graham
2016
Recommended by Mary Rodgers B.






Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust
Max Lucado
2000
Recommended by Bonita H.



Coming of Age in Mississippi 
Anne Moody
1968
Recommended by Elisabeth S.







Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
2016
Recommended by Shellie Z.

 





You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Phoebe Robinson
2016
Recommended by Annie W.







Web Standards: Mastering HTML5, CSS3, and XML
Leslie Sikos
2011
Recommended by Eahmon J.

 





We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories
Gabrielle Union
2017
Recommended by Amanda R.









Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga
Ladycastle
Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods, Becca Farrow, Rebecca Nalty, and Jim Campbell
2017
Recommended by Ally W.

 




Motor Crush, Volume 1
Brendan Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Aditya Bidikar, and Babs Tarr
2017
Recommended by Annie W.

 





Business Cat: Money, Power, Treats
Tom Fonder
2016
Recommended by Annie W.







The One Hundred Nights of Hero
Isabel Greenberg
2016
Recommended by Elisabeth S. and Ally W.







If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men
Matthew Inman
2017
Recommended by Annie W.

 





Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too
Jomny Sun
2017
Recommended by Katie G.







She-Hulk, Volume 1: Deconstructed
Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Matt Milla, Cory Petit, Manny Mederos, and Jeff Dekal
2017
Recommended by Ally W.






The Ancient Magus' Bride, Volume 1
Kore Yamazaki and Adrienne Beck
2014
Recommended by Katie G.







I Hate Fairyland, Volume 3: Good Girl
Skottie Young
2017
Recommended by Amanda R. 









Look for a list of our favorite juvenile reads from 2017 soon. Until next time, happy reading!
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