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.
(L-R): Carolyn Alexander, Tonya Bolton (representing Stone County School District), Wynn Alexander.
Join us at the Stone County Library in Wiggins for a Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss on March 2, 2016, at 3:30 PM.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seuss house painted by Kelly Spacht is housed at Stone Elementary.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.