Take a New Look at Your Library: The Lee-Itawamba Library System
Reading. It’s always been a great way to find entertainment and grow knowledge. While many have unfortunately moved to more smartphone screen-time and less printed book page-time, old-fashioned reading – either of a great novel or a non-fiction educational book – is still the best way to expand horizons and relax once the kids are in bed and some self-care is in order.
Even though most know about what the local libraries offer, many are unaware of how much more they offer than in years past. Want an ebook? Got it. Want to research your family tree? They’ve got you covered. Want to find a great read without having to even leave the house? Yep…the Lee-Itawamba Library system has got you covered there as well, and can have you reading the latest cliffhanger in just minutes.
All you need – if you want to get a book from home – is a library card to download the App – called Axis 360 – and begin searching for your next book. Digital formats for books in the catalog include both eBooks and eAudios. If you’ve never tried listening to an audiobook, give this alternative to traditional reading a try! It’s great for moms, who are often short on “me time” and have to multitask. I had not tried audiobooks until recently, and now I am hooked!
If you have always wanted to research your family tree – so you can tell your kids about the people who came before them – the Genealogy Department is a special collection containing family histories, city and county histories, cemetery records, and access to popular genealogy websites. The library also offers HeritageQuest online, where you can log on and discover family history without leaving home.
The Lee-Itawamba system also offers educational resources for both children and adults. There’s everything in the LearningExpress Library from skill-building for high schoolers struggling with homework to college test prep lessons to career prep for adults. There’s even resources available for those who are Spanish-speaking.
There’s much more we haven’t touched upon; we encourage you to use this local resource if you aren’t already. It’s a great way to gain knowledge and entertainment FOR FREE.
The Lee County Library is at 219 N. Madison St. in Tupelo. It’s open Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Reach the Lee County Library by phone at (662)841-9027.
The Itawamba County Pratt Memorial Library is at 210 W. Cedar St. in Fulton. Hours are Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Itawamba Pratt Memorial Library can be reached by phone at (662)862-4926.
Tara Whitman is a writer and a mom. She loves to read and almost never buys a book…she saves money by always checking them out from the library!