Mayor of Laurel signs proclamation of National Library Week

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) – Libraries have long served as trusted institutions, often at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and academic institutions.

In the interest of reading and literacy, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee read to a group of children at the Laurel-Jones County Library during their story hour.

The book he chose to read was called “Jabari Jumps”, by author Gaia Cornwall. It centers on Jabari, who finds the courage to jump off the diving board into a swimming pool.

Later, Magee presented Karyn Walsh, director of the Laurel-Jones County Library System, with a proclamation encouraging the public to use the resources available to them at the library.

The event was scheduled for National Library Week (April 3-9), but had to be postponed due to extreme weather conditions in the area at the time.

Mississippi libraries serve people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds, often proving the resources and space to engage in lifelong learning.

The Laurel-Jones County Library has a long history of commitment to the communities it serves.

“We’re more than just books, we’re a place for people to come in and research,” Walsh said.

“They can come and apply for jobs. We have home school groups coming. We have old people coming. We have grandmothers coming in, it’s the only way they can talk to their grandchildren, it’s through our email which they use our computers for. Thus, the library is a place for the whole community.

To different people, libraries represent a variety of things. From a place where moms can read their first stories to their toddlers and students can study to a facility that allows anyone to borrow a book and access the internet or do research.

Simply put, libraries provide a mechanism that allows us to access information.

On Saturday, May 7, the Laurel-Jones County Library System will also host its “Mother’s Day Tea,” celebrating motherhood of all types.

The event will take place at the George Harrison Center in Ellisville, located next to the Ellisville Library. Tickets for the event are $20.

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