User:First Regional Library
First Regional Library is a five-county public library cooperative with fourteen branches located in Northern Mississippi. The Region was formed among DeSoto, Tate, Panola and Lafayette counties in 1950. Tunica County joined the System in 1968. The regional headquarters is located inside the branch in Hernando, MS, located about 20 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.
The original headquarters of First Regional Library was located in an old Hernando home. In 1968, the current building at 370 West Commerce was opened. In 2003, the headquarters library was expanded to nearly double its size. Between the headquarters staff and the 14 branches, there are 113 people employed with First Regional Library.
First Regional Library has a collection of 600, 764 items including printed materials, audio visual formats, and electronic resources. The library's total circulation for FY 2014 was 1,035,637. The library has 179, 210 registered users. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in one of the five counties First Regional Library serves is eligible for a free library card. Non-resident cards are available for an annual fee of $30.00.
As of 2015, there are fourteen branches in the First Regional Library System.
Batesville Public Library,Batesville, MS est. 1932
Jessie J. Edwards Public Library, Coldwater, MS est. 1951
Emily Jones Pointer Public Library, Como, MS, est. 1951
Sam Lapidus Memorial Public Library, Crenshaw, MS, est. 1951
Hernando Public Library, Hernando, MS, est. 1950
M.R. Dye Public Library, Horn Lake, MS, est. 1979
B.J. Chain Public Library, Olive Branch, MS, est. 1951
Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, Oxford, MS, est. 1930
Robinsonville Public Library, Robinsonville, MS, est. 2014
Sardis Public Library, Sardis, MS est. 1947
Senatobia Public Library, Senatobia, MS, est. 1951
M.R. Davis Public Library, Southaven, MS, est. 1962
Robert C. Irwin Public Library, Tunica, MS, est. 1969
Walls Public Library, Walls, MS, est. 1998
Each branch of First Regional Library has computers with internet access, WiFi, fax machines, and meeting rooms available to the public.
FRL offers access to several online databases including Rosetta Stone, Ancestry.com, Learn-a-Test, and more.
Two of the system's newest offerings are Universal Class, online courses in hundreds of subjects, and Hoopla, a digital platform for borrowing audiobooks, movies, and music. Both are free with a library card.
Programs for Children
In addition to weekly storytimes, branches of FRL offer other special programs for children throughout the year, including the Summer Library Program. 21,181 children and adults registered for the Summer Library Program in 2014.
The Early Childhood Resource Center, located inside the First Regional Headquarters Building, provides resources for parents, teachers, and caregivers.
The Words on Wheels Book Wagon visits daycare centers to share books with children who may not be able to visit a physical branch.