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!

The National Book Foundation 2012 National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation 2012 National Book Awards have been announced. Here are the finalists and the winners.

In addition The National Book Foundation presented its 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Elmore Leonard in recognition of his outstanding achievement in fiction writing and bestowed its 2012 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community on Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher of The New York Times.

For more information and links to interviews check out their website at:



Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)


Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)

Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (McSweeney’s Books)

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (Little, Brown and Company)



Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)


Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 (Doubleday)

Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (Knopf)

Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas (Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press)

Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)



David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)


Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press)



William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)


Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic)

Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon (Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

Please enjoy the copies we have on hand and check back often as we stock even more titles!

Who Are You? We can help you find out!

Klimt, “Tree of Life” 1909

Genealogy and Local History Department
-located at the Pascagoula Public Library, JGRLS

Are you interested in discovering your past? Ever wondered where your family tree began to grow?
Maybe just interested in local history and past events that shaped our area?

The Genealogy and Local History Department, located on the second floor of the Pascagoula Public Library, can help you with that and much, much more! The largest collection of research material of this type in the local area, and a dedicated staff to help answer questions and guide you on your quest for knowledge. The Genealogy and Local History Department can provide a multitude of resources and services to get you started in finding out where you came from.

Another way to get involved: The Library is partnering with the Jackson County Historical and Genealogy Society which meets at the library’s meeting room each month. Visit their new web-site at

Collection and Services

  • Books – Over 7,000 volumes of materials covering family histories, land records, Guides to Genealogical Research, passenger and Immigration lists and much more!
    Microfilm Collection – spanning the early 1800’s through the present, our collection offers Federal Census Schedules, Service Records for volunteer soldiers, Death Certificate indexes and many local lists and compilations to name but a few of our offerings!
    Map Collection – over 700 maps pertaining to Mississippi and several southern states.
    CD-ROM Collection – searchable digital files including census, marriage, military and immigration records.
    AncestryLibrary Edition Database – AncestryLibrary provides access to over 3,000 databases.
    Newspapers – many local newspapers are available via-microfilm as far back as 1874.
    Other Services – a variety of other services are available upon request.

Genealogy and Local History Department page on the JGRLS website

On-going Genealogy Programs – JGRLS Programs and Events

LIBRARY HOURS: Presently the Pascagoula Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Customers may call the Genealogy and Local History Department at 228-769-3078 or ask questions by e-mail to: SHERRY OWENS,

A great starting point to become familiar with using Genealogy materials for research, Who Am I? Genealogy Online

Blogging on Library Blogging

If you follow this blog, chances are likely that you follow other blogs as well. As a general library blog we try to cover all kinds of topics that relate to the JGRLS communuty. Take a look and see what other library’s and librarians are contributing to their communities via the links below.

There are a lot of library blogs out in the untamed web, and every year Salem Press surveys the landscape and gets their vote counted. Here are the winner and runner up from several focus areas covering quite a large range of blog audiences.

If you are interested in perusing a larger list, check out the Salem Press:
Library Blog Directory

Salem Press 2012 Blog Award Winners

General Library Blog Winner
In the Library with the Lead Pipe
General Library Blog Honorable Mention
Stephen’s Lighthouse

Academic Library Blog Winner
Musings About Librarianship
Academic Library Blog Honorable Mention
No Shelf Required®

Public Library Blog Winner
Librarian by Day
Public Library Blog Honorable Mention
David Lee King

School Library Blog Winner
The Adventures of Library Girl
School Library Blog Honorable Mention
Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts

Special Librarian Blog Winner
Special Librarian Blog Honorable Mention

Quirky Library Blog Winner
Screwy Decimal
Quirky Library Blog Honorable Mention
This is What a Librarian Looks Like

Academic Institution Library Blog Winner
Scholarly Communications @ Duke
Academic Institution Library Blog Honorable Mention
Facts from the Stacks

Public Institution Library Blog Winner
Eleventh Stack
Public Institution Library Blog Winner

PLAYAWAY: portable audiobooks for people on the go!

PLAYAWAY are portable digital audiobooks that are small and light enough to fit in your shirt pocket. They have lots of great features like EQ settings and playback speed. There are many titles and genre available including Popular Fiction, Young Adult and Classics.

They also offer language courses, relaxation music and non-fiction titles.

They are simple to use with earbuds or by plugging them into an auxiliary input such as the kind often found on a car stereo.

Several playback speeds provide control over how fast the narrator reads and EQ setting help fine tune how it sounds.

This is a great device for active people to take along to the gym, a walk or just working around the house.

Check to see if the title you are looking for is available in PLAYAWAY or search the catalog for the subject PLAYAWAY to browse titles.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center Nature Lecture Series

Nature of the River Lecture Series at the Library

Come join us for a series of programs that we are always excited about!

As a means of supporting the themes and messages of the festival and its connection to the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, a key component of the festival is the Nature of the River Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Jackson-George County Library System. This series of free, public lectures are held in each of the nine library locations during the week leading up to and the week of the festival and engage attendees about the rich flora and fauna of the river. (

Click on library name for detailed directions

“Get Off The Couch and Go Birding!”
by Don McKee
March 27th, 2012 at 6 p.m.

“Nature’s Medicine, Nature’s Cures”
by Amber Lash
March 29th, 2012 at 6 p.m.

“Town Bunny, Country Bunny: What the Easter Bunny and tame creatures can teach us about wild mammals of Mississippi”
by Janet Wright
March 31st, 2012 at 2 p.m.

“Reptiles: One Man’s Fear is Another Man’s Passion”
by Lynn McCoy
April 3rd, 2012 at 6 p.m.

“Something’s Fishy In The Mississippi Bayou”
by Mike Murphy
April 3rd, 2012 at 6 p.m.

“Turtles: Sliders, Sawbacks and Other Locals”
by Noel Lamey
April 5th, 2012 at 6 p.m.

“A Mississippi Coast Treasure: Mississippi Sandhill Cranes”
by Doug Hunt
April 17th, 2012 at 6 p.m.

“Frogs and Toads of South Mississippi”
by Kathy Shelton
**Lecture followed by walk to listen for frogs
April 19th, 2012 at 6 p.m.