Library reflects on the positives from 2018

The Seminole County Public Library had an eventful year in 2018, which saw the introduction of many new programs and materials. Members of the community of all ages and from all walks of life benefited from the library’s collections and services, which included activities for children, teens, and adults.

The Seminole County Public Library had a busy year for children in 2018 with the continuation of program favorites, and the introduction of several new activities. Toddlers and their parents listened to children’s stories, sang songs, played games, and made crafts during Toddler Time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.. Minecraft Club continued throughout the year and Chess Club was held monthly in the Fall.

The library’s annual Summer Reading Program kicked off at the end of May with the 2018 theme “Libraries Rock”! Summer readers in Seminole County logged over 1,800 reading hours in 2018! In addition to the reading portion, the library held several special programs that were exciting and educational, including Will Keating, Didgeridoo Down Under, Animal Tales and a meeting with Curious George. The Summer Reading Program was sponsored by Hardee’s, Georgia Pacific, Birdsong Peanuts, Decatur County Family Connection, First National Bank of Decatur County, Decatur County – Gilbert H Gragg Library Foundation, Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Henderson.

Adults participated in a variety of activities at the library in 2018. The library offered introductory computer classes once in the Spring and Fall, where attendees learned the basics of using a computer, navigating the Windows environment, creating and editing documents in Microsoft Word, and using the internet and email.  The library held Craft Club on a monthly basis, and this program always produces wonderful crafts, and the First Wednesday Book Club provides members the opportunity to read and discuss great books.

The library experienced damage in early October due to Hurricane Michael and was forced to remain closed for two weeks, but we reopened as soon as we were able and began to serve our community again. FEMA officials used the library as a point of operation for several weeks.

In 2018, the library transitioned to RBdigital as its new e-book, e-audiobook, and e-magazine platform. The library continued to offer free passes to Zoo Atlanta, free State Park Passes, a free State Park backpack, free passes to the Go Fish Education Center, free Chehaw Park passes, free passes to Center for Puppetry Arts, and free passes to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University!

The Seminole County Public Library continued to serve our community by providing books, programs, and creating unique experiences for our patrons. We look forward to continuing our efforts to offer a great user experience, a variety of programs for all ages, and valuable resources to Seminole County in 2019.

The Seminole County Public Library is a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System, which serves Decatur, Miller, and Seminole Counties.

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