Build a Better World Summer reading


These special activity days are recommended for children ages 6 -12.

June 7          Learn about towers and building by constructing newspaper towers and playing a giant Jenga game

June 14        Learn about nature and conservation with Debora Waz from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science as well as Poop Detective activities and a Slime Secretions craft project

June 21        Learn about ant colonies and construction and demolition with Mr. Lambert from Ace Hardware, as well as building activities and a craft

June 28        Build Your Story and Build a Better Vocabulary with a Story Chain and giant Jenga Poem group activities, a Library Letters Scavenger Hunt and various crafts

June 30        Awards and Celebration Day with  outdoor games and water activities (weather permitting) and Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae




The Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month September through June 2017 at 11:30 a.m.


MAR:  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

APR:  The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

MAY:  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

JUNE:  Unbroken by Laura Hillerbrand

————- no meetings July and August

SEPT:  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

OCT:  God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell

————- no meeting November

DEC:  A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

AND  Sermon With Meath by Barry Hannah


Iuka Friends of the Library NewsletterIuka Friends of the Library Newsletter

Photo of Bill of Rights exhibit


January 10, 2017

Gwen Spain, Librarian

Iuka Public Library



The Bill of Rights and You

The Iuka Public Library is currently hosting a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit runs through February 21, 2017, and every American is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Bill of Rights and You  co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:

“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”

The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Photograph of Pokemon Go display

Pokémon Go Craze Sweeps the Nation And Your Local Library is No Exception!

If you’ve been wondering about the Pokemon Go phenomenon, read the following article written by Gwen Spain and Kristen Frazier, librarians at the Iuka Public Library.  Players have been spotted around several libraries in our area!

Pokémon Go Arrives in Tishomingo County

Have you seen more people than usual wandering around with their eyes glued to their smart phones?   Local kids, adults, and even whole families have joined more than 21 million active players in the U.S. who use the mobile app Pokémon Go.  It was released for Android and IOS earlier this month and is already the biggest US mobile game ever!  The game uses both your phone’s GPS (to keep up with your real-world location) and “Augmented Reality” (AR) to display the game’s images.   When you play Pokémon Go, you can look through your phone’s camera and see what is really there, and the AR overlays Pokémon and other images. So when you look through your phone, you see both what’s real and what’s added.

Pokémon originated as a 1996 Game Boy game that takes place in a world full of Pokémon, which are adorable little creatures of different types.  In the new mobile version, players track Pokémon and try to catch them using tiny red balls, called pokeballs.  The players, who are called Pokémon trainers, tame the caught Pokémon to fight other Trainers’ Pokémon, on a quest to become the best Trainer in the world.  Now fans of the Pokémon games, anime and merchandise can find and catch Pokémon in the real world.

Non-players should be aware that a group of people standing together or moving through locations in the community might look suspicious at first glance, but should understand that players are involved in harmless fun that has several positive aspects.    For example, a key difference of Pokémon Go is that players are not sitting at a console, alone in a dark room.  These players are out walking around, getting exercise and fresh air, and experiencing their community.   The game includes Pokestops, which are places where players can go to refill their game supplies.  These landmarks are usually important locations within the community, and when the players visit them they are given a brief history of the site.  There are Pokestops at the Iuka Library, Mineral Springs Park, local churches, and various memorials, as well as other historic and important locations.  The game also gives players a chance to be social.  People who are usually shy are out making friendships and memories.

Of course players must remember to pay attention to their surroundings at all times and to be respectful to everyone in the community.  Players must use common sense, obey the laws, and never go onto private property without permission.  Pokémon Go should not be played while driving.

For more information about Pokémon or how to play the game, stop by the Iuka Public Library to see the informative  display and ask questions.  And maybe you’ll be catching your own Pokémon soon!


Kristen Frazier



Kristen Frazier’s favorite part of her job as the Assistant Librarian at the Iuka Library is helping others find the perfect book.  Since beginning work at the library, she has prided herself on being able to track down just the right book for her Iuka patrons.  Kristen believes in bringing a personal touch to her job as she tries to keep series lists on her desk so she can request more for her patrons so that they never run out of things to read.  Since beginning her new role in 2015, Kristen has become very knowledgeable about historical fiction, Christian fiction and how to acquire titles in large print format.

Prior to becoming Assistant Librarian in May 2015, Kristen worked as the Night Clerk at the Iuka Library as well as volunteering during special events such as the Summer Reading Program.  She graduated from Tishomingo County High School in 2011 and has taken some classes at the University of North Alabama.

Kristen says her reading interests change daily.  She enjoys reading almost all fiction genres although contemporary Young Adult titles are her favorite.  Kristen considers herself a very handy person so the “Do-It-Yourself” books are her favorite non-fiction choices.  Kristen also absolutely loves any children’s book by Mo Williams.  “Elephant and Piggie are the greatest characters”, she says.

Kristen loves learning about new things.  Currently, she’s been learning how to crochet. She considers herself a video game nerd as she spends most of her time outside the library playing video games.  Her other hobbies include art and spending time outdoors.  She loves camping, hiking and exploring even though she doesn’t get to do them very often.

Kristen and her husband Jared love their children – three dogs named Lou Lou, Gertie, and Tony and their cat, named CAT.   Kristen’s future plans are to attend the University of Southern Mississippi to start working towards a degree in Library and Information Science.

Kristen’s favorite quote about libraries is by Doris Lessing: “With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.”

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Iuka Public Library
204 North Main Street
Iuka, MS. 38852

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Phone: 662-423-6300
Fax: 662-423-6300
Librarian: Gwen Spain –