PICAYUNE — Carol Phares has been selected as the new head librarian for the Pearl River County Library System by the board of Margaret Read Crosby Memorial Library. She also will be head librarian of the Crosby Memorial Library in Picayune. These two libraries make up the Pearl River County System Phares replaces Linda Tufaro who is retiring on June 30. Phares previously was Tufaro’s assistant. Phares, of McNeill, has been with the library for 14 years and has followed in Tufaro’s career path since her employment. “I went back to school and got my Masters of Librarian Information Science, after obtaining by B.A. in English to teach high school. I was not cut out for the classroom but wanted to work in a school. I came and applied at this library for experience; I met Linda and have been here ever since,” said Phares. She entered the library system as Children’s Librarian. She has followed in Tufaro’s footsteps ever since. “Public libraries are wonderful,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed my position as Children’s Librarian — working with the teenagers has been a highlight throughout my years. They are a cool group of people. “I started the Teen Corner, a Young Adult section, specifically for the teens who would come and hang out after school. Through this I found a core group of them who came and wanted to do something while they were here. They would write, edit, produce and perform puppet plays for younger children. This has continued to grow and in addition to this, we also offer Summer Reading Programs each year. This is a big thing. We also have “story time” during the year and we now have a lady who helps with that.” “Over the last few years, people have been put in place to continue on with the current programs and the library can continue to build on them as they go forward,” said Phares. When asked about the system’s future, Phares said, “This is the exciting part. Because of budget and staff cuts this past year, we have been still in the water, but I am going to stir the water again. I want to move us into 21st century. Linda has done a wonderful job of getting us to this point, but we are now ready to launch and grow the social media. We are on Facebook, on Twitter, (we) have QR codes on our signs. “The library is going to be retooling. If you think about a few years ago and wanted to find a job, raise goats, or find out about gardening ... you would go to the library. Now you get the information online and fiction through Kindle or Nook. “Our job is to let the public know we are not dinosaurs. We are more like the Ford company, with the original car, which has morphed into something incredible and relevant for today. An example of this is Google returns hundreds of links when you search for something. Maybe they are relevant to what you are looking for, and maybe they are not. A reference librarian will bring you to the right answer. She will bring it back with a smile, adding the human element. “Being critical in your reading is even more true now than ever. Anyone can set up a website and say anything. Facebook is even worse. Librarians are trained to have that critical eye and get the right answer. “You do not have to sift through possible inaccurate or non-relevant information at the library. A librarian can tell you if it is the right answer because she has viewed it with a critical eye. Anyone can publish anything, on the Internet, and with the correct formula get it to show up in results. A librarian buffers you from that. “If you are running a business and do not understand how state taxes are formulated, you can come to the library and not have to muddle through the website on your own.” Phares says the internet is a great place to check movie times or information that doesn’t need much interpretation. “Just as someone could look up medical results online and possibly come up with the right diagnosis, it is still recommended they go to their physician for an official diagnosis and treatment. The physician analogy is true for information gathering on more complex subjects, then turning to the local librarian. A little right can turn into a lot of wrong, at the end of the day,” she continued. “As far as fiction goes, we are still lend books in many formats, and are looking into e-books. There has been a war of formatting between libraries and e-books. It is an expensive endeavor to get into and continue each year, especially getting current best sellers as opposed to older publications. This is a way to go possibly in the future, but right now we must focus on getting doors back open. We are at a low point but it is only up from here. “In order for this to happen, the public must understand that we are relevant and what we actually do here. The library should be a center for life-long learning. It always has been, and as we retool, it will continue to be. That mission has not stopped. This is an exciting time for us because we are the transition team. It is a huge responsibility, but we are dedicated — passionate — about what we do and up for the job,” said Phares. Asked how she felt about the appointment of Phares to the position she held for so long, Tufaro said, “It is truly bittersweet; I was faced with a heartbreaking decision 14 years ago — if I could keep my children’s program going and handle the paperwork and other responsibilities necessary for my position. Now, 14 years later, I was again faced with a heartbreaking decision, as I knew it was time to retire ... just as Carol Phares was my answer then, she was my solution now as well. I could not imagine anyone else stepping up to head this library program but her,” said Tufaro.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
Senior Snowflake project
Snowflake trees will be found at:
— Highland Community Hospital;
— Ford Realty located at 1004 Memorial Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday;
— Stewart Insurance Agency, 114 East Canal Street in Picayune open
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CWC Pilgrimage: Formby home
It’s Christmas time in Picayune and you will be hard pressed to find more holiday spirit anywhere other than this Main Street home in the heart of old Picayune.
The renovated home of Mark and Rita Formby sits on four city lots across from a grove of live oaks that are draped in Spanish moss. The sprawling oaks are scenic year round and slightly buffer the rumble of Norfolk Southern trains that roll by.
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