Library System to Celebrate National Library Week

From left, Sandra Ladner, Sharon Alexander, Trustees Vice Chairman, Stephanie McConnell, Trustees Chairman, and Courtney Thomas, HCLS Executive Director.

It’s National Library Week – April 12-18, 2015, a time to highlight the value of libraries across the country, especially in Hancock County. Libraries today are more than warehouses for books and other resources. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming.
Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
Libraries work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.

“Whether through offering eBooks and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those that support early literacy, the Hancock County Library System listens to the community and responds,” said Courtney Thomas, Hancock County Library System (HCLS) Executive Director.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” she continued, “and, while this aspect has never changed, we have grown and evolved in how we provide for the needs of every member of the community.”

In celebration of National Library Week, the Hancock County Library System will host the following events:

  •     Preschool story hours Monday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waveland Public Library; Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pearlington Public Library; Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library; Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kiln Public Library; and Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Hancock Public Library.
  •     Orange juice, coffee and cookies will be served at all five branches each morning Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
  •     Big Fish, Little Fish reading program on Tuesday, April 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The teens will be reading to young children (0-12). Bring the family and enjoy cookies, punch and a great story.
  •     A digital literacy class on Facebook will be held at the Kiln Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15. For more information on this program, please call 255-1724.
  •     A special program with author Peter Wolf, who will be discussing his book My New Orleans, gone away: a memoir of loss and renewal, on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Light refreshments will be served.
  •     Blind Date with a Book wrap-up program on Thursday, April 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.
  •     Brown Bag Friday Night Movie on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.


Thomas said that library staff are experts in navigating through the clutter of information that’s out there. “Our staff is really the ultimate search engine @ your library. If you need to find something, just ask.”

For more information, including library hours, visit or call any of the branches of the Hancock County Library System: Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library, 467-5282; Kiln Public Library, 255-1724; Pearlington Public Library, 533-0755; Waveland Public Library, 467-9240; East Hancock Public Library, 255-6337, or see the library’s Web site at

Countywide public library services are provided with funding from the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the Cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland.

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