Louise Borden Visits Stone County!

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Award winning children’s author Louise Borden will visit Stone County. This official bicentennial project is  made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council and through support from the Mississippi Development Authority in partnership with the Friends of Stone County Libraries and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). Louise Borden is the author of 19 picture books, and several picture book biographies.
Ms. Borden is a featured presenter at the 2017 (50th Annual) Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival April 5-7 at the University of Southern Mississippi.  All of Borden’s events are free and open to the public. For further information contact Kathryn Lewis at (228) 697-4505.
Louise Borden’s Schedule for April 3, 2017:
9 am
America Is
Malone Fine Arts Building, Perkinston Campus, MGCCC
                 
1pm
The Journey that Saved Curious George
Malone Fine Arts Building, Perkinston Campus, MGCCC
                                                                        
3:30pm
America Is …Mississippi Is
Stone Middle School, Wiggins
5:30pm
Book Signing and Author Feedback (Refreshments)
Wiggins Public Library, Wiggins

Thank You Wynn and Carolyn Alexander!

Wynn and Carolyn Alexander donated $500 to the Friends of Stone County Libraries to purchase books for Award Winning Louise Borden’s visit. Each classroom teacher attending the presentations and each public and school library in Stone County will receive a book. This donation will be used to help match the Bicentennial Grant received from the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Mississippi Development Authority.

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(L-R): Carolyn Alexander, Tonya Bolton (representing Stone County School District), Wynn Alexander.

 

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

FullSizeRenderJoin us at the Stone County Library in Wiggins for a Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss on March 2, 2016, at 3:30 PM.

Free Little Library Houses

The Friends of Stone County Librariesis proud to sponsor “Free Little Library Houses” in our public and school libraries and features local artists.  The “Seuss House” was designed and built by the Stone County Prisoners and painted by Stone County Artist Kelly Spacht. This library is located at the Stone Elementary School and offers books to children. A book exchange is recommended but not required!

 

Kym Carraway Book Signing

Community Notes:

Join us January 14, 2016, at noon at the Lightered Know Community Kitchen for the signing of Song of the Birds. Kym’s newest book includes her beautiful bird paintings and spiritual notes.

The Friends of Stone County Libraries will have a short business meeting followed by the book signing.  Bring lunch to share. Open to all interested citizens.garraway song of the birds

Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson”

On August 20, 2015, Stone County students and citizens “enjoyed the journey opening the door to literacy” with award winning Author Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.” Thanks to our sponsors and partners Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDP), Stone County School District, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus and Fine Arts Department, Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, and the Pine Belt Libraries.

Stone County Students
All elementary students and middle school students attending Bass’presentation received an autographed copy of the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.”
Honorary Tomcat!
Laura Butler makes Bass an honorary Tomcat.
Heather Bass at book signing at the Wiggins Library.
Author Hester Bass at the book signing at the Wiggins Library.
Artist Elizabeth Huffmaster donates
Artist Elizabeth Huffmaster donates “opening the door to literacy” celebrating Walter Anderson.
Opening the door to literacy.
Opening the door to literacy.

Community Banners and Mosaic Tile Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students dedicate “community banners” and mosaic tile benches to Stone County. The banners and benches were created by students in conjunction with fabric artist Marcus Weekley and tile artist Elizabeth Veglia and community volunteers. The banners will hang in Stone High School and the benches will be located on the nature trail between Perk Elementary and the Community Arts Center.

Sponsors for this project were: Bank of Wiggins, Friends of Stone County Libraries, Stone County Arts Council, Betsy and Otis Rowell and the SC Telling Trees Project. The project partner is MGCCC.

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“Little Free Library Houses”

As summer approaches, be on the lookout for the “Little Free Library Houses” in our community. These beautiful houses are painted by artists in the area and filled with books for children by the Friends of Stone County Libraries. This Community project benefits all of us.

Seuss House
Seuss House

The Seuss house painted by Kelly Spacht is housed at Stone Elementary.

Wise Reading Owl
Wise Reading Owl

The “Wise Reading Owl” painted by Kym Garraway will visit the Wiggins Library this summer for the Summer Reading Program. Beginning this fall, this Little Free Library willfind its home at Perk Elementary.

Click here for more information on “Little Free Libraries.”

Emilie Blackmore Stapp Project

Daisha Walker of MGCCC with picture of Emilie Blackmore Stapp
Daisha Walker of MGCCC with picture of Emilie Blackmore Stapp

The Friends of  Stone County Libraries has received a $3,000 grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council for the Emilie Blackmore Stapp project.  Emilie B. Stapp was a well-known children’s author, who lived at the Friendship Farm in Stone County from 1935 until her death in 1962.  She is best known for the Go Hawks and Isabella the Wise Goose book series. Emilie and her sister Marie were active members of this community and were involved in many philanthropic endeavors,  including establishing the first library for Stone County citizens.  This grant will support research on the Stapp sisters, which will be followed by a presentation and gallery exhibit at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The Friends of  Stone County Libraries is excited to be reintroducing the lives, work, and contributions of these two remarkable women to this community.  If you knew the Stapp sisters or have any information on them you would like to share please contact Daisha Walker at 228-669-9747 or at daish68@yahoo.com.

Friends is proud to partner with the Stone County Arts Council, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the DeGrummond Children’s Literature Collection and The Old Firehouse Museum on this project.

Daisha Walker, MGCCC, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond at USM, research the project.
Daisha Walker, MGCCC, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond at USM, research the project.