Vocaroo – let your voice be heard!

vocaroo3I was recently made aware of this digital tool and have already thought of several ways to utilize it both for fun and profession applications. Vocaroo is, in their words, the premier voice recording service. It offers the user the opportunity to make a digital recording using features that are already on most devices. The recording is stored in the cloud and a hyperlink is generated to access it.

So, what can I do with this you ask? The way I have seen this used the most is in social media. You can record a message and share it with all yours friends simultaneously! “Thank you all for the birthday wishes!” I am also thinking about professional applications such as hyper-linked prerecorded audio in a PowerPoint presentation. With a little imagination I see great possibilities for this! Vocaroo.com

Press to hear it in action!

I tried it with my PC and also from my Android phone and here is how easy it is to use:

From a PC with a microphone just click record and when finished click to stop.

vocaroo2Here you can listen to  your recording, and you have the option to retry. When you are satisfied click and save the File.

vocaroo6Vocaroo will generate a hyperlink and even provide shortcuts to places where you may want to share!


On a tablet device such as an Android phone there is a second way to record a message. When you click upload your device is going to ask you where to get the File from.

vocaroo1On my Android, one of the options is voice recorder and it has an icon something like this. After I record my message I tap the paperclip icon in the record window and it uploads the File. from there the instructions are the same as above.


Have you seen all of our Digital Services? Here are a few you will enjoy!

ZinioThe latest addition to the JGRLS digital products and services is the E-Magazine service Zinio! Once an account is established magazines can be downloaded to your device for you to enjoy whenever and wherever you want.

Free Zinio reader Apps are available for iPhone  iPad  Android   Win 8  Mac  PC  and   Kindle Fire/HD/HDX. Once a magazine is downloaded it is yours to enjoy until you are ready to remove it. Learn all about it!

“From the best news, politics, technology, art, style, travel and more, Zinio invites readers to connect with the stories that shape history and the magazines that matter.”– Zinio

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Checking out eBooks is now easier than ever before using free e-reading apps (Blio & axisReader) that allow access to eBooks and/or electronic media on Windows, iPad, iPhone and Android computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.  Library cardholders can search for and check out free eBooks through the JGRLS public access catalog (PAC) or by going directly to the JGRLS Axis 360 Digital Media Library.

Or visit our blio information page!

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Mango Languages is available and includes a variety of resources to help patrons learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world. Mango Complete Courses offers more than 50 language learning experiences.

App’s are available for Andriod, iPhone and iPad for downloading lessons for use anytime and anywhere! Once they are downloaded they are yours to enjoy until you are ready to remove them.

Learn more about mango languages!

Enjoy these and our many other products and services at any of our branches and online!

Big Changes in IRS Tax Documents! See how this will affect you and your public library.

As you may be aware, IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress. As described in our flyer, this means that no instruction books will be printed for distribution and 1/3 less forms will be delivered to distribution locations.

Although this was completely unexpected, we will still provide the high level of assistance you have come to expect from JGRLS. Most of the forms you would expect to find will be here, but the supply will be lower than usual so we and the IRS recommend using the IRS Online Services. Two of the most helpful IRS pages are:


We also recommend the “Early Bird” approach when ordering forms from the IRS so you receive them in plenty of time to complete your taxes!

For additional assistance:
February 2nd through April 9th
9:00am – 12:30pm

Line up outside in the morning to get your number for the day. Once all the numbers are handed out, no other individuals are accommodated! You must be present when your number is called!

Tax Documents

A-List Popular Collection, the new way to browse the stacks!


JGRLS is pleased to introduce the A-List Popular Collection, bestselling reading materials for patrons who enjoy browsing the library shelves! These high-demand, popular materials offer first-come, first-served availability to patrons who visit the library. Each branch location has a special display for their A-List Popular Collection so stop in and check something out!

The following applies to all materials in the A-List Collection:
     • Check out for 7 days
     • Cannot be renewed
     • Check out limit is 2 items
     • Adult Fiction and Nonfiction print materials
     • Overdue fine is 50 cents per day
     • Maximum fine is $10
    • Patrons cannot place holds on these items and staff may not set items aside

You may still place a hold on items that are in the regular library catalog. Visit www/jgrls.org or use a PAC computer at your local branch.

FIRST LISTEN, an Ocean of Music on NPR

Mississippi Sound -Randy Smith

Mississippi Sound -Randy Smith

Have you ever wanted to preview new music and read about its creators? Are you looking for new albums to check-out or suggest purchasing from the library?

First Listen provides interviews with select artists and free streaming of entire featured albums until they are released. There are Hundreds of archived interviews featuring artists such as Sam Smith, Robert Plant, Sinead O’Connor, and Willie Nelson, just to name a few.

Listed below are some of the current titles offered for streaming:

fleckwashburn_wide-1572b3b2e0dcace3c1a782bb154ed9281f891271-s40-c85The first duo recording from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, husband-and-wife banjo adventurers.

John Luther Adams Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Lucinda WilliamsFollow Link to Listen


John Luther Adams’ sweeping orchestral piece Become Ocean was performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time in May. It also won the Pulitzer for music.
Follow Link to Listen

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with the Motion Picture Soundtrack to ‘Gone Girl’. A follow-up to their Grammy winning soundtrack to ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.
Follow Link to Listen

Perceptive and much-lauded Singer/Songwriter Lucinda Williams with her new album ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’.
Follow Link to Listen

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS! Fun activities for all ages at your local library branch!


 It’s that time again!
Sign-up has already begun for this year’s Summer Reading Programs,
and events have been planned at every JGRLS location!




















Check out the new LearningExpress Library 3.0!

We’re pleased to unveil the new LearningExpress 3.0 database, provided by the Mississippi Library Commission and now available through the JGRLS Website. A highlight of the new Learning Express 3.0 is the selection of study materials categorized as:

  • Adult Learning Center
  • Career Center
  • High School Equivalency Center
  • College Preparation Center
  • Recarsos Para Hispanohablates
  • College Center
  • School Center
  • Popular Sofware Skills Center

This is a new platform and existing Learning Express accounts will not work, so patrons will have to create new accounts.

Check out the new features!

Learning Express Library User Guides

Click here for the user guides for LearningExpress Library.

This video shows you how to take advantage of everything LearningExpress Library has to offer including how to create a new account, login to the library, move around quickly, search for and use our products, use your personal portfolio page, and get help.


Click on the thumbnail to see an expanded view of the directory:

Public Radio + Public Libraries = Public Interest!

MPB Radio AppPublic Radio goes hand in hand with Public Libraries. The programming gives us ideas on new or old books to read. New music to listen to when artists are interviewed or their music is played. Subjects we may not have heard of or didn’t think about may inspire research into Exotic Cooking, Health & Wellness, Pets, or even the news of the day!

Mississippi Public Radio offers locally produced programs as well as some of our favorite syndicated shows. And now it is even easier to listen to your favorite programs using your computer or mobile device to stream live or listen to podcasts of past episodes!

Many of us are familiar with some of the long running classic programs like This American Life, Car Talk, The Splendid Table, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, The Gestalt Gardener and Southern Remedy. There are some new weekend broadcasts that are really fun and have even more content on their websites:

The Dinner Party Download combines interviews, music and food into a great take on modern eating. Ask me Another is a live puzzle, trivia word game show that will keep you guessing. Living on Earth is a savvy and informative weekly environmental news and information program providing news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.

Bring your findings from the radio into the library, a partnership in interest!

Retroflexable, new life for older music.

Jimi Hendrix

Roughly fifty percent of all music sales in this country consist of “retro” albums. Older titles that don’t get played all that much anymore are making a comeback in a big way! Some due to people replacing a favorite album in a newer format, some are new users who have had a taste of an artist on the radio and want more. In fact, sales of “vinyl” format record albums is on the rise as more people look for a classic experience as they enjoy their music.

There are many artists that we have enjoyed in the past but we hardly think about if they don’t get a lot of radio play. With the advent of music streaming services a variety of music can be delivered without having to think past clicking on “Miles Davis Radio”, a personal favorite channel of mine on Pandora®.

Consider how many artists you rarely think about even though they dominated the airwaves for a time. Enigma brought the concept of combining Gregorian chant with a hypnotic dance beat or Alice Cooper, Godfather of Shock Rock. Some artists are getting a retro-redo like Pink Floyd as part of the Rockabye Baby! series. Suggested reading for the younger music enthusiasts, 100 Most Influential Musicians of all Time edited by Gini Garlinski.

Here are some titles that will hopefully jog your memory and have you singing along. And remember, once you are in the catalog looking at a favorite artist you can do a genre search to find more albums and artists!




U2CooperStingDire StraitsSealKingZepBjorkStavie RayDoorsVan HalenChicagoMarley

Alice, Alice Everywhere!


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-Michael Kutsche

-Michael Kutsche

Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have been the basis for many works almost as long as they have been around. Alice Pleasance Liddell, and the many characters and situations from the works, have popped up in books, movies, television series and graphic novels.

For example: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce is famously influenced by Alice. The novel is about a dream, and includes such lines as: “Alicious, twinstreams twinestraines, through alluring glass or alas in jumboland?” and “…Wonderlawn’s lost us for ever. Alis, alas, she broke the glass! Liddell lokker through the leafery, ours is mistery of pain. In addition, Carroll’s work is a major subtext in Joyce Carol Oates‘ novel Wonderland.

Here are some of the various offerings inspired by Carroll’s tales covering alternate realities, zombies, updated versions, and more…

The Looking Glass Wars, series
-Frank Beddor

Looking Glass WarsLooking Glass Wars – When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.

Seeing ReddSeeing Redd – When Alyss Heart returns to her rightful place on the throne of Wonderland, she is put to the test as enemies push their own agendas while she strives to unify them all.

ArchEnemyArchEnemy – Virtuous Queen Alyss, who has lost the power of imagination, and her murderous aunt Redd battle for control of Wonderland.

Hatter M

Graphic Novel Hatter M: the looking glass wars. Vol. 1 – the saga of Hatter Madigan and his relentless search for the lost Princess of Wonderland from Frank Beddor’s, The Looking Glass Wars. While escaping through the Pool of Tears crushing centrifugal force pulled them apart, and Alyss was lost. Hatter must now embark upon a non-stop quest, crisscrossing the globe for 13 years in search of his lost Princess.

Alice in Deadland, series
-Mainak Dhar.

Alice in DeadlandAlice in Deadland – Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as its legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters. Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it in search of fabled underground Biter bases. What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill. A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Through the Killing GlassThrough the Killing Glass – The sequel to Alice in Deadland. Two years have passed since Alice followed a Biter with bunny ears down a hole, triggering events that changed her life and everyone in the Deadland. The Red Guards have been fought to a standstill; Alice has restored a measure of peace between humans and Biters; and under Alice, humans have laid the foundations of the first large, organized community since The Rising –a city called Wonderland. That peace is shattered in a series of Biter attacks and Alice finds herself shunned by the people she helped save. Now she must re-enter the Deadland to unravel this conspiracy that threatens Wonderland. Doing that will mean coming face to face with her deadly adversary –the Red Queen.

Off With Their HeadsOff With Their Heads – The prequel to Alice in Deadland. A few months before Alice was born and fifteen years before the dramatic events depicted in Alice in Deadland, there was The Rising. A few days that destroyed human civilization as we know it, reducing much of the world to a radioactive wasteland teeming with hordes of undead Biters and controlled by a shadowy Central Committee.

Alice in Zombieland1Alice in Zombieland by Lewis Carroll and Nickolas Cook; illustrations by Sir John Tenniel and Brent Cardillo – When little Alice follows the Black Rat down into the gaping darkness of an open grave, she falls and falls. And soon finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Venturing further into this land of zombies and monsters, she encounters characters both creepy and madcap along the way. But there’s something else troubling poor Alice: her skin is rotting and her hair is falling out. She’s cold. And she has the haunting feeling that if she remains in Zombieland any longer, she might never leave. Can Alice escape Zombieland before the Dead Red Queen catches up to her?

Alice in Zombieland2Alice in Zombieland, White Rabbit Chronicles Vol. 1 by Gena Showalter – She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Gears of WondwerlandGears of Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson. – James Riggs lives a normal life with a mind-numbing job, an overbearing boss, and a demanding fiancée. Then he witnesses the murder of his best friend. Saved from the murderer by a strange man in a white suit, James is cast down a hole and into a world he always believed was a kid’s story. Wonderland. But things have changed since Alice’s visit. The Knave of Hearts has seized the Heart throne, conquered all of Wonderland with his steam-powered technological marvels, and rules the land with an iron fist. Aided by the Mad Hatter’s daughter, James journeys to discover why he has been brought to Wonderland and how the tattoo on his arm could be the key to Wonderland’s salvation-or its destruction.

Mordant’s Need is a two-volume (The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through) fantasy book series by Stephen R. Donaldson, which tells the story of a woman named Terisa who travels from modern Earth to a medieval setting where there is a form of magic based on mirrors. Instead of reflecting images, mirrors are used to “translate” people and things between locations and realities. The author also bases much of the plot on a metaphor of the game of checkers (called “hop-board” in the story) instead of chess.

The Mirror of Her EyesThe Mirror of Her Dreams – The daughter of rich but neglectful parents, Terisa Morgan lives alone in a New York City apartment, a young woman who has grown to doubt her own existence. Surrounded by the flat reassurance of mirrors, she leads an unfulfilled life—until the night a strange man named Geraden comes crashing through one of her mirrors, on a quest to find a champion to save his kingdom of Mordant from a pervasive evil that threatens the land.

A Man Rides ThroughA Man Rides Through – Aided by the powerful magic of Vagel, the evil Arch-Imager, the merciless armies are marching against the kingdom of Mordant. In its hour of greatest need, two unlikely champions emerge. One is Geraden, whose inability to master the simplest skills of Imagery has made him a laughingstock. The other is Terisa Morgan, transferred to Mordant from a Manhattan apartment by Geraden’s faulty magic. Together, Geraden and Terisa discover undreamed-of talents within themselves.


Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland – a film by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in which a 19-year-old Alice played by Mia Wasikowska returns to Wonderland for more adventures.

The Matrix

The Matrix– The Wachowski brothers who directed the film have stated that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a running theme in their Matrix trilogy.

AliceAlice – is a Syfy channel miniseries based on the novels, but set in the modern day, where Wonderland has evolved to today’s standards and Alice as a dark-haired assertive woman instead of the blond child she is in the original.



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