Date(s) - Monday, May 24, 2021 - Saturday, October 30, 2021
All Day

Fannie Lou Hamer Library


Story times and programs will highlight the many ways in which even the smallest acts of kindness can reap great rewards. We’ll share stories and events from the past to the present that promote unity. There are several fun challenges designed to exercise the brain and give each participant a chance to win an awesome prize. The challenges will include word search puzzles and games with a variety of themes. These activities are sure ways to keep our minds sharp!

Hosted by Fannie Lou Hamer Library.

Bridge Builders – Imagine. Discover. Connect.

Can you imagine a world where anything is possible? Where you had the ability to transport yourself to any place at any given time. What would you do if every thought you think materialize? Envision having untapped super powers! 

Join the Hamer Library as we explore living in a world of possibilities. 

Discover the many ways possibilities can be obtained through the stories and activities shared in this segment of Better Together – Bridge Builders. Find out what power(s) you may have.



open book with text that reads Wise Words.


“Talking Gets Us There” with Amanda Gorman and PBS Kids



silhouette with word cloud overlay of woman praying


Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, read by Ming-Na Wen



Scrabble tiles that spell friendship surrounded by pink flowers.


A bunny musician moves to the big city in this animated short by Euni Cho


Chocolate Cake & Ice Cream, an animated story about friendship


The Story of the Two Wolves


Hamer Library’s Did You Know?

June is National Rose Month. Read more here.


Video from Pixabay.


Select an image below to read the meaning behind a rose’s color.

Share a Rose

Red Rose Day

June 12th


The Hamer Library Presents

Virtual Story Time

young Asian girl with flower wreath on her head sitting in front of a tree reading a book. The tree has a small green door. A teddy bear is in front of the door.looking down

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble read by Reid Scott

Listen to the Caldecott Medal-winning picture book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, written and illustrated by the great William Steig. Actor Reid Scott reads the story as the classic illustrations come alive with simple animations.

On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with magic.

This Sylvester and the Magic Pebble read-aloud video was created by Storyline Online, an award-winning children’s literacy program from The SAG-AFTRA Foundation.


A Tale of Two Beasts

  • Written by: Fiona Roberton
  • Illustrated by: Fiona Roberton
  • Published by: Kane Miller Books
  • Read by: Sarah Silverman
  • Suggested grade level: 1st – 3rd
  • Run time: 7 minutes

There are two sides to every story. In Part One, a little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it a hat. But that night it escapes. Then, in Part Two, the beast tells the story of being kidnapped by the girl, who force-fed it squirrel food, scared it with a group of beasts and wrapped it in wool. Can the two beasts resolve their differences? A Tale of Two Beasts is an eye-opening story that makes you look at things from a different perspective.

Visit the Jackson/Hinds Library System and check out this and many other excellent read aloud books featured on Storyline Online.


Juneteenth, the 155th anniversary Google Doodle narrated by LeVar Burton



Happy National Ice Cream Month 


bowl of ice cream and berries


I scream, you scream! We all scream for ice cream! If you have not guessed, July is National Ice Cream Month. It is a perfect time to cool off with a scoop of your favorite flavor. 

Luckily, there is plenty of opportunity to celebrate National Ice Cream Month starting on July 1 with National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day 

July 17 gives a refreshing opportunity to enjoy National Peach Ice Cream Day 

On July 22, the Hamer Library will host an Ice Cream Day Giveaway from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM or while supplies last. First come, first served. This will coordinate with Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Mississippi’s Libraries.

Make plans to show your support of your local library branch for Snapshot Day 2021 and help us to continue the celebration through serving our communities. Have a picture taken with our Snapshot Day selfie frame, leave a love note sharing why you love the library, participate in a quick survey, and just make it a fun day!  

If you prefer to enjoy ice cream without any distractions, July 23, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is for you. 

bown of vanilla ice cream with blueberries and three leaves 

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Show us using #NationalIceCreamMonth on social media. 

Did You Know? 
  • Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream. 
  • 1813 – First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball. 
  • 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream. 
  • 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer. 
  • 1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets. 

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.  

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Happy 52nd Anniversary, Apollo 11!

July 16, 1969 – July 24, 1969

Moon Landing Celebration

On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins made an epic journey into space and undoubtedly into history.

bird's eye view of Apollo rocket ignition

This year 2021 marks the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11 astronauts first landing on the Moon.

July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the moon.

astronaut on moom to the right of the American flag. Spacecraft in background on left.

Buzz Aldrin and the American flag


This historic news was shared around the world.

Picture of the front of The Daily Telegraph newspaper with headline of ARMSTRONG WALKS ON THE MOON. Pictures of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the right.


One Giant Leap with the Ohio State University Marching Band

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the moment astronaut Neil Armstrong announced “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind,” the Ohio State University Marching Band gave a formation-filled half-time performance titled One Giant Leap.

Enjoy this incredible video:


silhouette of standing man and sitting dog looking at a large moon in a starry sky. Silhouette of tree and bench on the left. Silhouette of fence and house on right.

If you would like to learn more about Apollo 11 and many other space explorations, visit your local library. Listed below are just a few of many fun titles you can check out at the Jackson/Hinds Library System.

astronaut facing forward while walking on the moon

Walking on the Moon

Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. Buzz Aldrin followed him 20 minutes after. This was original NASA mission video as was aired live (Updated video) for 2.5 hours from the surface of the moon.



Celebrating National Aviation Day – August 19


Humans have been fascinated with flight for thousands of years. And ever since we have earned our wings, we have been just as captivated by the history of it.

historical aviation illustration with hot air balloon and airplane concepts

Aviation history is full of exciting accomplishments, adventure, and daring heroism.

In fact, numerous museums, and landmarks across the country and around the world will walk you through aviation’s impressive timeline.

airplane museum

National Aviation Day recognizes the pioneers of human flight.

These pioneers include men like George Cayley, Orville, and Wilbur Wright, and Charles Edward Taylor. All these men helped pave the way for modern-day aviation.


In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19, the birthday of Orville Wright, as National Aviation Day.


  • ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT – Two bicycle repairmen from Ohio.
  • AMELIA EARHART – Female aviation pioneer.
  • BESSIE COLEMAN – First female aviator of both African American and Native American descent.
  • CHARLES LINDBERGH – first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
  • MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – WWI flying ace, the celebrated “Red Baron.”
  • JERRIE MOCK – First woman aviator to successfully circumnavigate the globe solo.
  • HOWARD HUGHES – Aviator, tycoon, movie maker and all-around eccentric
  • CHUCK YEAGER – The test pilot who broke the sound barrier,
  • YURI GAGARIN – First man in space.

Advancements in aviation have help humans to set new challenges – flying across oceans, around the world, and into space.

space shuttle launch

Visit your local libraries to find incredible books about every era of aviation. For even more fascinating facts and information check out NASA website, it is an extraordinary resource. Plus, it offers free eBooks.

For your viewing pleasure…

Did You Know?

  • The wingspan of the 747 is 120 feet, which is longer than the original Wright Brothers flight.
  • Food tastes different under cabin pressure in an airplane.
  • There are over 6,000 passengers in the air over the U.S. at any given moment.
  • You can lose about two cups of water from your body for every hour you spend flying. If you are traveling cross-country, keep yourself hydrated.
  • The President and Vice President of the United States never fly together—nor do they fly with the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Prince Charles never flies with Prince William. Just in case…

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