September must be the best month to work at the library.

With school in session and the hottest month behind us for the year, we see new faces and gear up for offsite outreach programs to begin again. Patrons bring us some interesting research questions and we get to exercise our information skills a bit.

We also get to host some incredible programs this September and early October. Every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. we hold Pre-K Story Time with snack and craft. Wind Down Wednesdays is geared for older school kids and begins after school every Wednesday afternoon. A great new program idea is the Snacks and Stacked Tracks event coming up September 26th. This program asks vinyl enthusiasts to bring their favorite LP in and we'll play a few tracks, cook some music-themed snacks, and enjoy an extended-hours night of great music and fun. Even if you don't own any LPs, there'll be plenty to listen to, so come join us for a unique event.

Drawing on his award-winning Pickin' & Grillin' BBQ Competition Team expertise, Scottie Chunn will be onsite the following week, October 4th and 5th for a BBQ Workshop. This two-day program will teach every aspect of preparing quality barbecue.

We go into September with the latest technology. 4 Oculus Quest headsets are now available for use within the library thanks to an LSTA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This adds to the 2 Oculus Go headsets and provides a range of virtual reality experiences that will change the way we work with technology for years to come. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Quest headsets is the startup process. When you place the viewer over your eyes, the front facing cameras convert your visible real-world surroundings to black and white while you choose programs within the device. For anyone who's never been colorblind, which is a lot of us, this is quite an interesting experience!

We've also added many titles in a new Youth "ReadAlong" eBook format to the Libby app, featuring the Overdrive Mississippi eBook Consortium Collection. These children's titles are a cross between eBooks and audiobooks with full color pages, automated page turning, and great narrators reading along with the text. For young readers this helps overcome difficult words and also provides context, tone and inflection to help comprehension.

Visit the library webpage at www.neshobalibrary.net or call the library if you would like help setting up the Libby app or borrowing for your child.

 The collection has expanded digitally with the addition of the Hoopla app, but regular print is still the lion share of what patrons check out. New Large Print Fiction books are hitting the shelves every day to meet that need and all September we'll be shelving many of the requests received in August. If there is a title you’d like to see in our collection or can’t find, please let any staff member know and we’ll be happy to begin the acquisition process.

We value this community and are honored to serve it with the best library services available. If you need help accessing any of our programs online or would like more information about events, membership, or having the library visit your group, please contact us at 601-656-4911 or come visit Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to Noon.