Jacob Starks and Jamerious Clemons put on the watermelon rubber band explosion during the closing program of the summer reading program.
Jacob Starks and Jamerious Clemons put on the watermelon rubber band explosion during the closing program of the summer reading program.
The Neshoba Library heads into August with some momentum!

Having just completed a popular Summer Youth Reading Program and a promising start on the new weekly Library Reading Academy, circulation and attendance are well up over last year.

This makes for a great time to change gears and introduce some new collections and digital offerings just in time for the return to school.

Jordan Civil War history collection

A special Civil War history collection has been created thanks to a generous donation of comprehensive materials. The Dan Jordan Family Civil War History Collection is now housed in the Genealogy room. Mr. Jordan, former curator of Jefferson's Monticello and native Philadelphian, amassed this collection over a lifetime's interest in the War Between the States. The sheer volume of the collection is impressive, but researchers will really enjoy the range of content.

Historical narratives, battle analyses, cultural studies, and biographies are just some of the many items available in the collection. Some of the works do require extra care, so any items within the glass display cases can be reviewed upon request at the library front desk.

The State Library Commission has partnered with Hoopla, a digital library service, to provide every library with a one-year trial of the popular platform. Hoopla offers eBooks, audiobooks, and comics for 21 day loans, music cds for 7 day loans, and movies for 3 day loans.

Beginning Thursday, patrons can use their library cards to borrow three items per month through the Hoopla app, downloadable on android and ios devices. Our library will take this trial period and compare usage and feedback with our existing eBook provider Overdrive and its newly improved Libby app. Usage data gleaned from both services will help us make an informed choice about which service to continue.

The Neshoba Library will also see the introduction of new Oculus Quest headsets thanks to a grant from the IMLS. These headsets are the latest technology offered by Oculus and will soon be complemented with linux-based Raspberry Pi computers for a new kind of computer lab. This new lab will offer computer users a range of tools to learn different operating systems and programming languages.               A lab of this kind provides a great deal of computer upgrades for about the price of two or three computers only several years ago. Additionally, the peripheral computer components and their small size, make it a relatively portable set up, meaning patrons experimenting with the technology can use the devices wherever they wish within the building.

New titles arrive

Finally, the library has acquired some great new titles here at the end of July and a good deal more will be arriving in August. This past week, 300 titles were added to the junior fiction collection through an end-of-year IMLS grant.

The library will also be adding a large amount of Large Print fiction titles towards the end of August and early September thanks to yet another IMLS grant. 

Thanks and have a good day,

Jacob Starks is the director of the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Public Library. He may be reached at 601-656-4911.