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MPB Library Literacy Tour

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In September MPB Education kicks off the MPB Library Literacy Tour in different communities across Mississippi. These events will take place on the last Saturday of the month and are geared to children Pre-K to 8 years old and their families. However, all family members are welcome.

At each event, children and their families will watch a PBS KIDS program, complete fun activities related to the program and read a book. MPB’s Ed Said, the rapping, rhyming purple character that promotes health and wellness, will also participate in the tour. 

May 2022 MPB Library Literacy Tour at Purvis Public Library - Purvis, MS


Our next stop on the tour will be Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Purvis Public Library, located at 122 Shelby Speights Drive. This event will feature PBS KIDS’ Donkey Hodie. Admission is free, but space is limited. 

The MPB Library Literacy Tour featuring Ed Said is an initiative of MPB Education, in partnership withthe Mississippi Library Commission.

April 2022 MPB Library Literacy Tour at Brandon Public Library - Brandon, MS


We had a great time at the Brandon Public Library during the April stop of the MPB Library Literacy Tour featuring Ed Said! The event featured an episode of PBS KIDS’ Curious George, a read-aloud of I am the Wind, by Michael Karg, and a creative craft activity. After all that, Ed Said led us in a fun dance, and he stayed after the program to take pictures with families. We appreciate everyone who attended the event, and the support of the Central Mississippi Regional Library System. Thanks to the Mississippi Library Commission for providing books.

March 2022 MPB Library Literacy Tour at Ridgeland Public Library  - Ridgeland, MS

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Saturday, March 26, 2022, the Library Literacy Tour took place at the Ridgeland Public Library. Families viewed a Ready Jet Go episode, a read-aloud, and enjoyed a family activity. A lucky participant won a PBS KIDS Playtime Tablet, and their family received a special gift. Participating families received a book, courtesy of our partners, the Mississippi Library Commission, and the local library. 

February 2021 MPB Library Literacy Tour Judge George W. Armstrong Library - Natchez, MS

On February 26, 2022, the Pinkalicious and Peterrific stop of the MPB Library Literacy Tour was hosted by the Judge George W. Armstrong Library in Natchez, MS. Children and parents watched a segment of Pinkalicious and Peterrific, a PBS KIDS program designed to encourage preschool-age kids to explore the arts and develop their creativity. During the event, children participated in a “Create Your Own Sock Puppet,” which was developed by PBS Learning Media as an extension of the Pinkalicious and Peterrific segment that had been screened earlier. They also participated in a live read-aloud of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, written by Michael Mahin and illustrated by Evan Turk. There was a pre-recorded segment featuring Ed Said, which promoted healthy eating habits and physical activity. At the conclusion of the event, a child was selected at random to win a PBS Playtime Tablet. 

September 2021 MPB Library Literacy Tour at Orange Grove Library - Gulfport, MS

Our first stop of the tour was at the Orange Grove Library - Harrison County Library System. This event featured Daniel Tiger. Families viewed a Daniel Tiger episode, enjoyed a family activity, and a read-aloud by MPB's Ed Said.

October 2021 MPB Library Literacy Tour at Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library - Brookhaven, MS

Our second stop of the tour was at the Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library in Brookhaven, MS. This event featured Clifford the Big Red Dog. Families viewed a Clifford the Big Red Dog episode, enjoy a family activity, and a read-aloud and a special appearance by MPB's Ed Said. One lucky participant won a PBS KIDS Playtime Tablet and his/her family received a special gift.

January 2022 MPB Library Literacy Tour at Medgar Evers Library - Jackson, MS

Our third stop of the tour was at the Medgar Evers Library in Jackson, Mississippi. This event featured Nature Cat. Families viewed a Nature Cat episode, enjoyed a family activity, and a read-aloud by MPB's Ed Said. One lucky participant won a PBS KIDS Playtime Tablet and his/her family received a special gift.

In partnership with the Mississippi Library Commission and libraries across the state, the MPB Library Literacy Tour featuring Ed Said will have events virtually or in-person the last Saturday of the month from July to October and January to May. 

If you are a library that wants to partner with us on the tour contact us at education@mpbonline.org