Leon County Public Library Newsletter September-October Edition

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 

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September-October Edition

On June 5 the Library was re-opened under Gov. DeSantis's Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery. Essential services are now available.

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up month, and now is the perfect time to have a library card!  Do you know someone who is still without a library card?  Please reach out to them.  With our online library card registration process, it's easier than ever to apply for a card.  And since library card numbers are immediately sent out via e-mail, new cardholders have instant access to a wide range of e-books, digital magazines, movies, educational services and personal enrichment sources like Ancestry,  in addition to books, DVDs and other materials located at the libraries. The new card will arrive via U.S. mail within days.
For those who may have misplaced your card, or perhaps have a card with the signature you used as a 6-year-old and you'd like to update it, September is your time as well!  Replacement cards are free of charge through September 30 and can be applied for using the online library card registration form.
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Library Holiday Closure

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The Leon County Main Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. All library locations will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8th. 

Visit our Always Open page to discover e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming movies, FREE fun, and educational resources for patrons of all ages.  


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Current Services

The following services are available at each of our locations:

  • Our buildings are open to the public at 50% capacity. Patrons are encouraged to limit their visits to an hour per day.  Per Leon County ordinance, patrons are required to wear a face covering while in the library.
  • In-library services currently include browsing the library shelves; selecting items to check out and/or picking up items already placed on hold; and use of self-checkout at some libraries.
  • Curbside pick-up is encouraged as a contact-free, convenient way to check out items on hold. Notifications that holds are ready for pick-up are sent via e-mail, text, or phone call (your choice!). You can also check the status of your hold requests through the "My Account" option via the Library app or our web site.
    • Main Library Hours of Operation:
      • Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
    • Branch Libraries Hours of Operation:
      • Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    • The online catalog and library mobile app are available to reserve materials; you may also call (850) 606-2665 for staff assistance. More detailed information about curbside pickup is available here
    • Mobile offerings and library-based telephone services by calling (850) 606-2665 will continue.
  • Library computers are available for one hour per person per day at physically distanced terminals. 
  • Information and technology help continue to be provided by phone and e-mail. Call your favorite location or e-mail AnswerSquad@leoncountylibrary.org .
  • Free Wi-Fi is accessible from the library parking lots.
  • Book drops should continue to be used to return materials. From there, the items go to quarantine for 4 days before being checked in by staff. (Please call the library to arrange for return of telescopes, Traveling Book Club bags and other items that cannot be handled in the book returns.)
  • We regret that donations of new or used print or media material cannot be accepted at this time. Information about the Friends of the Library book drop off sites can be found here

For more information and FAQs about current services, visit www.LeonCountyLibrary.org.  

Stay informed on COVID-19

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Free Reusable Masks for the Public at all Library Locations

In coordination with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), free reusable cloth masks are available for a limited time at all County library locations. Masks are available via curbside pickup and inside.

This initiative complements Leon County Government's ongoing efforts to distribute cloth face masks at faith-based organizations in southern Leon County, at the Bragg testing site, and at FDOH’s mobile testing sites throughout the community. To date, we have given away over 210,000 cloth masks to the public.

Covid -19

Visit the Leon County Emergency Information Portal for up-to-date information on COVID-19, local resources, services, closures and sign up for County news and alerts. 

You can also download the Leon County Citizens Connect App for notifications on emergency management messages or services changes. 

The Citizens Connect app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play Store

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Did You Know...?

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Help shape the future of our library

Census data is used to make decisions about how and where to spend more than $1.5 trillion each year for programs and services that communities rely on, so help shape the future of our Library!
Be sure to fill yours out by September 30th using the link below.


Fall Seed Library 2020

Fall Seed Library 

Seeds are still available for check out at most libraries! Please call ahead for availability. Check out up to three seed packets each month. No need to return them, they are yours to keep. First come, first served while supplies last. Happy growing! 

Fall Seed varieties include:

  • Butter Crunch Bibb Lettuce
  • Calabrese Broccoli
  • Cosmic Purple Carrots
  • Easter Egg Radishes
  • Georgia Green Collard Greens
  • Giant of Italy Parsley
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Silverbeet Swiss Chard 

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Find all of your e-books and e-audibooks in one place! OverDrive/Libby will be acquiring RBdigital in the coming months. All RBdigital titles will be added to our Libby app for one-stop-shopping. 
Please note that RBdigital holds will not copy over to OverDrive. 
Current RBdigital checkouts will be available through the remainder of their lending period in the RBdigital app.
Current checkouts will not be moved to OverDrive.
This will allow users to finish their title without disruption or risk of losing their place in the book.
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Digital Entertainment and Resources at Your Fingertips!

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The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library is committed to
serving and supporting our diverse community.
Our Librarians have compiled a list of resources for all ages celebrating diversity, and supporting education on matters of social injustice and racial equality.

Visit our website to access these resources.

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Research your family history with Ancestry Library Edition. Search the US Federal Census as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, the Social Security Death Index, and more. Please note that the content in the Library Edition of this resource may differ from the personal subscription edition.

Due to COVID-19, this resource is available from home through September 30, 2020.

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Stream more than 30,000 films for free with your library card. 

The Kanopy app is available on most devices and streaming services like Roku TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. 


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Enjoy downloadable books and audiobooks from anywhere with our Libby and Overdrive apps. We've added a wide variety of e-titles to broaden our patrons' reading options. 


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We also offer downloadable books and audiobooks through the rbdigital app.

The rbdigital app also hosts Transparent Language, which offers language lessons in over 100+ languages. 


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Take online lifelong learning courses in more than 30 subjects (with more than 500 courses available overall).


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Choose from more than 300 practice tests and courses, including GED, SAT, ACT and GRE.