First Library Cards, How Exciting!

Are these two children happy or what? They just received their first Winston County Library cards! Hunter Holloway (left), age 7 ½ and his sister Lakely, age 5, wanted to show off their new cards to everyone. They are the children of Kadie Hailey and Jesse Holloway. Their grandmother, Mary Hailey, said “I’ve never seen them so excited as when they finally got their cards! They love books.”


Book Signing For Steve Robertson At The Winston Library

The Winston County Library staff invites everyone to join them for a book signing celebrating Columbia, Mississippi native Steve Robertson's fifth book and fourth in the college sports genre: DAWG PILE, a celebration of Mississippi State's 2021 National Championship Baseball Season.

The library will host the book signing at 2 p.m  (Wednesday, March 23). The event signals the return of book signings to the Winston County library.

Robertson has worked as a professional writer since 1997. His previous works Flim Flam, Stark Villains, Alpha Dawgs, and Blooms of Oleander, have been mainstays on the Mississippi best seller’s list for the past few years. Robertson and his family live in Starkville, Mississippi, where he covers Mississippi State sports full-time.

Since moving to Starkville in 2014, Robertson has covered home and road games for Bulldog fans in several sports. Football, football recruiting, and baseball are Robertson’s primary scope of coverage at Genespage.com, the Mississippi State affiliate for 247Sports.

Robertson’s podcast, The Boneyard, airs three times weekly and provides an in-depth and inside look at Mississippi State athletics. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other forums where quality podcasts are found.

Books will be available for purchase at the library during the event. Robertson is also listed as the speaker today for the Louisville Rotary Club.


From Books To The Ballpark

 Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) has partnered with the Mississippi Braves located in Pearl, MS, to present Braves Bookworms. Students in grades pre-k thru 8th grade who reside in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston Counties can participate in the Braves Bookworms reading challenge via the Beanstack app.

To start the Beanstack reading challenge, visit mmrls.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack app in the Apple or Google Play stores. New users will have to register in the Beanstack app while returning users can log in and begin immediately. A parent letter is also required and is available online (midmisslib.com/braves) and at your library. Any student who completes the required 400 minutes of reading and returns the completed parent letter by April 1 will receive two free tickets to a 2022 Braves regular-season home game that takes place between April 8 – June 15.

“We know a lot of children and teens in our service area participate in the baseball summer leagues, so we wanted to combine their love of baseball with their love of reading. We are excited to partner with the Mississippi Braves for this event and provide our students with an opportunity to attend a minor league baseball game,” said Lindsay Fitts, Youth Services Coordinator.

For more information about this event and all library services, call or visit your local MMRLS branch library or the library’s website at: midmisslib.com. All library services are made possible thanks to the continued financial support of our local elected officials.