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Shelf Talk 42: Graduation and Mother's Day

The month of May introduces many exciting moments for those in their senior year of high school. Senior day programs and many lasts are celebrated to reminisce over the soon-to-end chapter of their lives. By now, most have already had their final day of high school. With graduation ceremonies soon approaching, we would like to say, “Congratulations” to all 2022 graduates on behalf of the Mississippi County Library System.

We would also like to remind graduates that the library can be one of their biggest assets in college. The wait from graduation to the start of your fall semester is long. During this time, it is important to maintain reading to keep your mind sharp and prepared for the start of freshman year. Our library system is home to thousands of books and several other great resources. The quiet atmosphere and supply of learning tools make each location serve as a great place to study during the school season. We also provide internet access on computers which is convenient for those who plan to do online schooling.

May is the host of another special event. Mother’s Day takes place Sunday, May 8. MCLS would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures in Northeast Arkansas. Mother’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate mothers for their sacrifice and loving nature. The online encyclopedia, Britannica, states that the first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908 and was introduced by Anna Jarvis.

Jarvis wanted a way to honor her mother who had passed three years prior. Her mother always wanted a day to appreciate the work of mothers, so Jarvis knew this was the perfect way to show appreciation for her mother. The first celebration was at church on a Sunday, where she passed out white carnations to the mothers in the church.

She chose to have the day annually on the second Sunday in May since it would remain close to May 9th, the anniversary of her mother’s death. The day was recognized as an official U.S. holiday in 1914, celebrated the second Sunday in May. According to, Mother’s Day has become the 3rd highest selling day for flowers and is one of the busiest days for restaurants.

This Mother’s Day, spend time with your mom. If you can’t, allow Anna’s story to inspire you to honor your mother in the best way you can. Again, we would like to wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day, and we wish the best of luck to all graduating scholars in their future endeavors.

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