The Mississippi Library Commission hosted its first National Library Week program April 12-16, 1999. The theme was Read! Learn! Connect! @ the Library. More than 300 K-3 students from Jackson Public Schools attended the week long event. The students were greeted by Mickey Mouse and enjoyed story times with local new anchors like Howard Ballou, WLBT TV 3, Steven Jefferson and Stephanie Strickland of WJTV News Channel 12, and WOAD radio talk show host/station manager Othor Cain. The week concluded with "Staff Participation Day." This day was designed to get staff involved in the celebration of National Library Week.