Summer Library Programs
National Library Week Open House:
Making Your Library Beautiful!
BIG, BIG, BIG, BIG NEWS!
An anonymous donor has issued a challenge for the renovation of the Library exterior. If we raise $15,000, he will match it! Isn't that just awesome? We can do this!
More good news! The Krewe of Fat Mamas has chosen us as their project this year, and they are partnering with the Friends to raise the necessary funds. Together with the Natchez Adams Public Schools, they raised $1,636.86 with Greens for Jeans.
The Rotary Club of Natchez gave us a generous contribution of $5000!
Johnny Waycaster gave a donation of $500.
Julie & Chuck Caldwell gave us a donation of $500.
The Armstrong-Nickoll Family Foundation gave us a donation of $500.
Progress as of 8/8/2012: $35,730!!!
Email problems solved!
As many of you know, we've been having problems sending and receiving emails for quite some time. However, we are changing systems, and we expect the problems to be solved. The transition is taking place on Thursday, August 11, and there may be a few hiccoughs before it's complete. Be sure and let us know if you continue to have problems at this email, which is totally separate from the Library.
On July 12, 2011, Photographer Robert Dawson came to Natchez to photograph our Library as part of his Library Road Trip: Photographing Public Libraries Across America.
Film & Conversation
Sunday June 5, 2:30 - 5:30 pm at the City Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Prince Among Slaves is an award winning PBS documentary about the fascinating life of Abdul Rahman, a West African prince enslaved in Natchez, Mississippi for 40 years, who through improbable circumstances won his freedom and became one of the most famous men of his day.
The Armstrong Library, along with numerous partners, is pleased to be able to bring this film to Natchez, along with an opportunity for conversation with noted experts and members of our community.
FREE Summer Library ProgramChildren
The Teen Zone Goes to the State Capitol
Our Teen Room renovation was paid for with a state grant through the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC). MLC asked some libraries to come to the Capitol on February 23 to show the legislators how their funds were being used. So Director Susan Cassagne and Teen Librarian Marianne Raley put together a display and went to Jackson. They gave away free "stress books" to legislators that were very popular! They're made out of rubber, and you squeeze them to reduce stress.
D A Biglane Foundation Donates $5000 to Armstrong Library
Thanks to a generous donation from the D A Biglane Foundation, the Armstrong Library will be able to purchase items that had to be cut from its budget when the City lowered its dedicated millage this fall.The Library will now be able to renew its subscription to World Book Online, which is a costly but invaluable resource, especially for students. Funding will also be restored for the popular Summer Library Program for children and teens. The remainder of the funds will be used to purchase books for Adult, Teen, and Juvenile collections. In responding to the recent budget cuts, the Library was forced to reduce funding for books and materials—the only flexible part of the budget, as most other costs are fixed. Although the Library has been fortunate to receive a good bit of grant funding, the grants were very specific and provided no flexibility in funding for other needed area. The Biglane Foundation grant allowed the Library the flexibility to use the funds where they were most needed.
Libraries close Monday, January 17, for the birthdays of Martin Luther King and Robert E Lee
Libraries close for New Years December 31 and will reopen January 4.
Libraries close for Christmas December 24 and will reopen December 28.
Join us for the Grand Opening of the Teen Zone
Thursday, October 28 at 3:30 pm
October is Energy Awareness Month
The Energy Division of the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Library Commission came to the Armstrong Library on Wednesday, October 13, to celebrate Energy Awareness Month and to officially award Armstrong Library with an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to repair our heating and air conditioning system. Yea!
In attendance were Dr Motice Brown (Director) and Lisa Campbell (Project Manager) from the MDA Energy Division, Sharman Smith (Director) and Jennifer Walker (Director of Development Services) from the Mississippi Library Commission, Darryl Grennell (President) from the Adams County Board of Supervisors, Jake Middleton (Mayor) from the City of Natchez, Duncan McFarlane (Chair) from the Library Board of Trustees, and last but not least, Allen Laird from Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development, who wrote our grant.
Libraries across the state are having energy awareness displays and urging patrons to sign the Energy Star Pledge to take small individual steps to save energy.
The City of Natchez has slashed our budget. (Click for details.)
Early Literacy Stations have arrived! For kids ages 2 - 10.
Every Tuesday at 10 am in the Armstrong Library.
For babies and toddlers under age 3.
Every Wednesday at 10 am in the Armstrong Library.
First Tuesday of every month 11 am - 2 pm
Third Saturday of every month 10 am - 12 noon