New Days Announced at East Hancock, Pearlington Libraries

To better meet the needs of library customers, the East Hancock County Library and the Pearlington Public will now be open on Mondays, beginning Monday, June 4. Previously, the two libraries had been closed on Mondays
The new schedules will allow library customers to choose popular reading materials, such as the latest bestsellers, CD books and many of the latest DVD titles.

The new hours at the East Hancock County Library will be Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pearlington Public Library will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hours at the other three branches will remain the same.
“Our entire staff is committed to providing the best in library and information services to the people of Hancock County,” said Jennifer Baxter, Hancock County Library Executive Director.
More information about the library can be found by calling 228-467-5282, on the web at or on our Facebook page.

Baxter named George Mason University Fellow

Jennifer Baxter, Hancock County Library System Executive Director, has received a Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Fellowship program is a competitive, one-year program awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. The aim of these fellowships is to introduce students to the frameworks of market process economics, public choice, and institutional analysis, as well as to explore the utilization of these frameworks in analyzing contemporary policy issues.
Bastiat Fellows spend four weekends from August 20, 2018 to August 19, 2019 in residence at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University participating in workshops and seminars where they will interact with Mercatus scholars that work on the cutting edge of policy analysis, bridging the gap between academic ideas and real world problems.
Baxter holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi, a Masters of Library & Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is currently working on her Masters in Public Administration.
“I have a vision,” said Baxter, “for the future of libraries, which I believe will allow the libraries of old to transition into a library of the future.” She also said she is dedicated to libraries becoming community anchors through technology training, collaborative business and municipal development and training, and a focus on community education.

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