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.
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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’.
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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.


eBooks are here! Meet Axis 360, Blio and the Magic Wall!

JGRLS is pleased to announce the addition of eBooks to the many services we provide to our patrons! This is a new and exciting adventure for all involved and here are some things that may be helpful as you navigate through The Magic Wall, Blio and the JGRLS Online Catalog also known as our PAC.

Our new eBook provider is a service called Axis 360. The eBooks we purchase are accessed via The Magic Wall which has a link on the JGRLS website. The eBooks can be downloaded onto devices using an application called Blio Reader. Blio uses “Cloud Storage” so eBooks can be accessed on multiple devices once it is checked out, more on that in a bit.

The Magic Wall

Yes, this is a lot of information and there are many questions about Apps, Devices, eBook Formats and ways to download them. Let’s break all this down into a few easy to navigate components that will hopefully answer as many questions as possible:

Getting Started

The official JGRLS web page for getting started (our recommended starting point) has easy to follow directions for setting up your devices and accounts, and can be found at our Axis 360 homepage.

Next, some detailed information that may answer some questions about how and why this works:

First, you need the application, aka App, called the Blio Reader in order to download and read eBooks on your devices. In order to use this service your device has to be able to download the Blio App, or to put it more simply it must be an Internet Based Device such as a computer, many (but not all) smart phones and Android devices, iPad, iPhone, etc. If your device isn’t able to surf the Internet using a Web Browser or download Apps it probably won’t be able to download the Blio Reader. And sadly yes, because of this not all devices will support Blio.

Second, if you haven’t already created an account, go to the Axis 360 homepage page on our website and follow the instructions for setting up an account that will be linked to your existing valid JGRLS library card ID and personal identification number (PIN).

When you check out an eBook from the Magic Wall it is deposited in your Blio account in the Cloud. This makes it accessible through the internet using any device that has the Blio Reader installed on it. This means you can read the same book on multiple devices! When the device syncs with your Blio account the eBook is downloaded to that device and can be opened and viewed even if you are off-line.

Conventional eReader devices that do not have Web Browsers, such as some provided by Kindle and Nook, connect only with their parent company for service. *Note that an eReader is a device with a specific purpose, downloading and reading eBooks, often from a single target source.

Enter the World of “Side-Loading”

There are several devices that need a second application that will load an eBook that is in a Format called ePub.  The Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo Family of Devices for example, need to use Adobe Digital Editions to side-load the file from a computer. This simply put is downloading an eBook to your computer and loading it onto a device via a USB cable. The directions for setting up a free Adobe account, installing the A.D.E. to your computer and downloading ePub formatted titles from the Magic Wall to your device are on the Axis 360 homepage.

An alternate format that can be side-loaded is PDF. Some titles available from the Magic Wall are already available in all three formats and if your device needs to side-load materials it will be able to load PDF format. It is helpful to become familiar with multiple formats for your devices, for example if you go to Project Gutenberg where you have access to thousands of free eBook titles!

Searching the Online Catalog and Checking out an eBook!

To search for titles in the Online Catalog/PAC you can look up an author or title just as before, and all the available formats will be displayed:

Author Search in the PAC

Search Results (Click on Picture to Enlarge)

When you have the item pulled up in the eBook format there will be a link on the page that will take you to the login for the Magic Wall where you will be able to check out or place a hold request for the eBook.

Link to Magic Wall

Magic Wall Link (Click on Picture to Enlarge)

Browsing can be done by typing axis 360 into the search box. It pulls up all the titles using their eBook format. Once there it is quick and easy to use the filters to narrow down your search. (For example: by author, genre, new releases, etc.)

The Checkout List and How it Works

When checking out or placing an item on hold we recommend placing it in your cart and then proceeding to “My Checkout List” to verify Format and length of checkout time. Using the quick “Checkout Now” feature doesn’t provide the level of accuracy for item format and checkout length provided by placing items in your cart.

Selecting an item (Click on Picture to Enlarge)

Confirming Checkout Duration and Format (Click on Picture to Enlarge)

Go take a look at this wonderful and exciting new delivery system and see what you think. If you have any questions or problems with the applications contact us at any of our JGRLS Branches, we are always ready to help answer questions and find solutions!


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