Winston County Library helping to move community forward with knowledge

By Beth Edwards, Winston County Librarian

Since 1934, the Winston County Library has been serving the citizens of our county. Over the years, library services have increased tenfold to meet the needs of the people and community it serves. Funded by local tax dollars, the library is constantly striving to ensure that each dollar is spent wisely and has the most impact for its patrons. Twelve, high-speed internet-access computers are dedicated for free public use, and wireless internet-access is also offered free to the public. Photocopying and fax services are available, as well as books-on-CD, DVDs, and free access to the Mississippi State Legislature- funded Magnolia educational database, and the LearningExpress Library website, which offers over 800 free online courses, tests and e-books to help you find a job and enhance your career, get into college and excel in school with free study guides and practice tests for everything from the GED, ACT, SAT, ASVAB and more. This month, the First Regional Library System joined our library consortium, which is now called the Mississippi Library Partnership. This means that your library card may now be used not only at the thirteen libraries in our regional system, but also at MSU, EMCC, MUW, Starkville-Oktibbeha County Libraries, Tombigbee Regional Libraries, Columbus-Lowndes County Public Libraries and the libraries of First Regional Library System (Hernando, Oxford, Southaven, Batesville, Olive Branch , Horn Lake, Sardis and Como). So patrons now have access to 53 libraries throughout the Mississippi Library Partnership. This also means that you can access the card catalogs of these libraries from your home computer or smartphone/iPhone with your library card and pin number. In April, May and July, the library will be offering free computer classes on Basic Word, Inernet and e-mail skills, and Denise Dickerson will teach each class. Call the library at 773-3212 to register. We are gearing up for the children’s Summer Library Program and for the Teen Summer Library Program. Lots of great prizes will be awarded for reading in first grade through twelfth. Children will also be able to test on Accelerated Reading books at the library this summer. With over 84,000 visitors in the last year and 6,000 items checked out each month, the Winston County Library has come a long way from the little library in the old City Park in 1934. As one of the oldest existing “businesses” in Winston County, the library stands as a testament to serving the changing needs of its customers through the decades; and thanks to the strong support of county and city officials, the Winston County Library will continue to do so for generations to come. Check It Out At The Winston County Library! MARCH 2012 The following FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library: Jonathan Kellerman – Victims Jodi Picoult – Lone Wolf M. C. Beaton – Death of a Kingfisher Michael Palmer – Oath of Office Joan Hess – Deader Homes & Gardens Gena Showalter – Twisted V. C. Andrews – Into The Darkness R. M. Johnson – Deceit & Devotion Yours, Mine and Ours – Mary Janice Davidson Carl Weber – The Family Business Kristin Hannah – Home Front James Patterson – Private Games J. A. Jance – Left For Dead Brian Herbert – Sisterhood of Dune Zane Grey – War Comes To The Big Bend Debbie Macomber – You….Again Sophie Kinsella – I’ve Got Your Number The following NON-FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the Winston County Library: The Real Romney – Michael Kranisk Now Or Never: Saving America From Economic Collapse – Sen. Jim DeMint He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones Inside National Health Reform – John E. McDonough Internet Book Selling Made Easy Seamless Crochet The Best of Quilting Arts Q & A About Sleep Apnea Death Of The Cheating Man – Ray J & Maxwell Billieon The Tea Party: Three Principles – Elizabeth Price Foley Mississippi JUCOS: The Toughest Football League In America – Xavier Frascogna