Northwest library sponsors summer reading program for adults

    The South is being highlighted in the first ever “Southern Reading Challenge” sponsored by Northwest Mississippi Community College’s R.C. Pugh Library. The reading program is geared toward lifelong learners, according to Maggie Moran, director of Learning Resources at Northwest.

    Participants are asked to read three books with Southern settings by Southern authors for the month of June. “It can be fiction or nonfiction,” said Moran. “There are so many books in this genre readers are bound to find some great reads.”

    Along with the reading challenge, librarians Crystal Giles and Tenise Faulkner will hold computer classes to introduce participants to social media websites. “Techie Tuesdays” include Facebook, June 7; Twitter, June 14; Flickr, June 21; and YouTube, June 28. Participants will learn how to use these free websites by posting what they are reading for the program.

    “We want our participants to friend each other on these social media sites and comment on what others are reading. We want posts on favorite passages on Facebook and Twitter, photos taken posted to Flickr and a ‘book talk’ or ‘sense of place’ video on YouTube,” said Moran.

    “Tell-A-Tale” Thursdays begin June 9 with guest speaker Jill Thomas Knox. She will lead a workshop entitled “Tell Your Tale” on journaling with emphasis on telling one’s own story. Knox teaches nineth grade English at Senatobia High School.

    Patricia Dorsey returns to the R.C. Pugh Library June 16 for an entertaining program on poetry. Dorsey started composing her poems while commuting from Tupelo to Memphis. Little gas receipts and fast food napkins turned into her first book, “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems.”

    Northwest English instructor, Deborah Wilbourn, will introduce Mississippi author Margaret Walker to the group June 23. Walker, a regular diarist, wrote “Jubilee” originally as her doctoral dissertation based on the oral history of her grandmother’s memories of growing up a slave in rural Alabama. Wilbourn will also discuss Walker’s Civil Rights poetry.

    Neil White, author of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” will host a workshop June 30 to discuss his incredible story. He will also encourage participants to write their own stories.
    All Thursday meetings are at noon in the library and participants are asked to bring a small lunch. Drinks will be provided. Participants are asked to read three books by the end of June to receive a prize. Other prizes will also be available.

    For more information, contact Moran at (662) 562-3277 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .