Date(s) - Monday, November 2, 2020 - Sunday, February 28, 2021
All Day

Fannie Lou Hamer Library


We’ll explore the sheer beauty of how differences play a part in life’s magnificent tapestry. Whether it be in nature, people, places, or things, differences are the rainbow colors, the delectable spices, and the intriguing threads that bind our world together. We’ll investigate how the interlocking landscape of cultures, seasons, plants, animals, space and etc., are universally connected. We will also continue the Curiosity segments Did You Know? and Curiosity Corner.

Hosted by Fannie Lou Hamer Library.

Two hands facing up and next to each other with a world map painted on the palms and fingers. Cloudy sky in background.


Join the Fannie Lou Hamer Library as we expand our Global Diversity series and debut our Better Together sub-series.

transparent earth as drop of water landing on water surface with ripples. Quote above says Individually, we are as one drop. Together, we are an Ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro

The earth, the trees, the oceans, the animals, and the billions of human beings living on this planet are all connected in so many ways. We have a responsibility, together, to respect and care for our home, and those that share this beautiful place with us.


Differences make our world amazingly beautiful.




December Children’s Programs

Join the Hamer Library as we celebrate Read a New Book Month. Select a new book or an old book that’s new to you and have fun. Why stop at one? Read as many as you desire. Check out the Jackson/Hinds Library System collection. There’s something for everyone!

Enjoy our featured book, Library Lion.

Mindy Sterling, older Caucasian woman with glasses, brown blouse and children's book. Head tilted and smiling.

Read by Mindy Sterling

• Written by: Michelle Knudsen
• Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes
• Published by: Candlewick
• Read by: Mindy Sterling
• Suggested grade level: K – 2nd
• Run time: 12 minutes

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.





Fun Facts from the Curiosity Corner

Outspoken Ostrich – Weird But True Shorts | National Geographic Kids

Click the image below to watch.

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Lion facts for kids – Fun facts about animals for children (from Dino Lingo)



December 2020 Story Times

December 14-31, 2020

Children’s Story Time


The Elves and the Shoemaker

Chrissy Metz, young Caucasian woman with burgundy blouse and denim jacket, smiling.

Read by Chrissy Metz

• Written by: Brothers Grimm & Jim LaMarche
• Illustrated by: Jim LaMarche
• Published by: Chronicle Books
• Read by: Chrissy Metz
• Suggested grade level: 2nd – 3rd
• Run time: 6 minutes

The story is a simple one, of a poor shoemaker and his wife who suddenly find they are getting help from a mysterious source. They discover their helpers are little elves, whom are working long and hard to finish making shoes. When the man and woman become rich because of the elves, they decide they must give back to the elves in return.





Did You Know…

Are your sneakers part of the plastic problem?




Emperor penguin chicks defend against a giant petrel


Did You Know?

Emperor Penguins keep warm in an ever-shifting huddle


Missing U: A clever animation about language and love


This invention helped me write again – Emma Lawton


Chino Hills High School singers cover ‘Over the Rainbow’ while social distancing



Christmas decorations: gold and white horizontal striped candle and gold candle with pine branches, pine cones and a gold and white streped gift with a gold bow. Gold backdrop and silver surface. Sparkly foreground.

Season’s Greetings

Enjoy the sounds of the season performed with unique musical instruments.


Jingle Wrenches


The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp


Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans


CBS Christmas Message (1966) by R.O. Blechman





red and gold Christmas graphic with gold snowflakes and five red ornaments that spell happy. The word holidays is below it on a gold ribbon.



Exploring and Learning Together

The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. - John Steinbeck

New adventures are around the corner.


Katie Melua’s Perfect World, a wintry adventure


The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge read by Bradley Whitford


2021 Happy New Year


Did You Know…

Auld Lang Syne with musical scale


What does ‘Auld Lang Syne’ mean?


Now is a great time to enjoy festive foods and beverages. Try these tasty recipes.

tart on brown plate next to cider in glass mug, lemon halves and raspberries


How to make a Caramelized Apple Tarte Tatin – Recipe Lab



How to make individual Mac & Cheese cups


How to make cranberry mulled cider with Anthology Magazine



New Year, New Resolutions

 3D fireworks with stars and hearts

Exercising more and losing weight are the most common New Year’s resolutions for 2021 according to YouGov.


the word exercise with a hand writing it in blue ink

We’ve all heard it before – regular exercise is good for you. It can help to maintain your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, strengthen your bones and improve your mental health. There are many ways to exercise, with and without machines. 

Did You Know?

The treadmill’s dark and twisted past – Conor Heffernan


Learn more about YouGov New Year’s Resolution and take part in the polling with the link below:

Which of the New Year’s resolutions do you intend to make for 2021?



January 2021 Children Programs

Join the Hamer Library as we observe

It’s Okay to Be Different Month.


It’s Okay to Be Different


Make sure to check for this book on our website’s online catalog.

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Explore more “It’s Okay to be Different” stories:


The Present, a short animation by Jacob Frey




Henry Holton Takes the Ice (read by Ray Romano)


Richie Parker, NASCAR racing team engineer



Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


How Martin Luther King Went Off Script in ‘I Have a Dream’



Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.


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Students remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech



January 29, 2021

National Puzzle Day

assortment of puzzle pieces

This day is a perfect time to start working on complicated jigsaw puzzles with family and friends. Make it a fun competition. Try these suggestions.



February 2021 Virtual Story Time


Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (read by Hector Elizondo)


White Socks Only (read by Amber Rose Tamblyn)


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The Hula-Hoopin Queen (read by Oprah Winfrey)