Leon County Public Library Newsletter- November-December 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 

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November-December 2018

From the Director

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After 8 years as your library director and 18 years with our library, and 42 years since I completed my graduate studies in library science, I am retiring.  It has been a joy and a privilege to work with our wonderful library staff members and other Leon County offices.  The Leon County Board of County Commissioners has long supported the library in its vision of "Inspiring a Love of Reading and a Life of Learning."
Our library users--the people who come to the library and visit our website to use all of our services--make our jobs rewarding, varied and interesting.  The library truly is for everyone. 
Debra Sears, who has been the Library's Extension Services Manager for 10 years, will be our new director.

New!  Try Our New Streaming Video Service:  Kanopy.com

Thanks to the Friends of the Library Endowment for Excellence, the library now offers a wonderful streaming video service—Kanopy.com. This service for public libraries and college and university libraries offers a growing collection of more than 30,000 videos—including classic films, world films, documentaries, videos on the arts, sciences, languages and business, great courses and a special collection called Kanopy Kids for children. Each LeRoy Collins Leon County card-holder may check out and download four videos a month, and each checkout lasts for 72 hours. This service is available for Android, iOS (Apple products), Roku, Amazon FireTV, Google Chromecast and desktop computers. 

For more information see our downloadable media page here.  Call or visit the library for more information or help using this great new service.

Library Comfort Station

Two days after Hurricane Michael tore through our area, devastating parts of the western Panhandle and causing damage in our community, Leon County opened the Main Library as a comfort station for our community. The main library was open from 9 AM to 7 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct.12-14. Leon County Human Services and Community Partnerships set up shop at the library, offering assistance, snacks and water to those seeking help, solutions and reassurance. Some 6,000 visitors came through the doors.

People of all ages clustered around every outlet and power strip, as they recharged cell phones, tablets and laptops. Every library public computer was in constant use. Library visitors also used the library’s Wi-Fi to connect with relatives, friends and to keep up with news. Library staff members assisted people with their devices, helped them find reading materials to check out and take home and answered many questions. Many people received assistance and advice on recovery from Leon County staff. Everyone enjoyed the air-conditioning, access to the internet,  power and a friendly and supportive sense of community.


photos taken October 12 &13 at Collins Main Library



Downloadable checkouts top 100,000

Our library users achieved a milestone in library use in the last fiscal year (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018), downloading 105,187 items from the library website!  This was our first year of 100,000+ downloads of ebooks, audiobooks and videos. The downloadable service started in 2007, and we now have about 25,000 items available through the library website. The number of downloadable materials continues to grow as library users enjoy the convenience of downloadable materials, available 24/7 through the library website.

To learn about the library’s downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, check the library website or call or ask about downloadables.  We are happy to assist you with your devices—you can even request a One-on-One Tech Help appointment with a librarian at your favorite location.

Cay Hohmeister

Director, LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library

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Upcoming Events

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Fall Title Wave Book Sale Supports the Library

Come join us on November 2-4 for our Fall Title Wave Book Sale.  Great gently used books will be available in many genres and at very affordable prices.  All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library in their ongoing mission to support and promote all we do at the Library.


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Rhett DeVane at Booked for Lunch


Popular local author Rhett DeVane is our speaker for Booked for Lunch on Thursday, November 15, at 12:15 p.m. at the Main Library.  Rhett has written 10 novels with characters and settings straight from our local area.  Please bring your lunch and enjoy refreshments provided by the Library while Rhett talks about her craft and the stories behind her works.

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Digital Storytelling Workshop on Saturday December 8!

Join us at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library on Saturday, December 8, for an innovative workshop on digital storytelling facilitated by Dr. Ned Stuckey-French from Florida State University.  Participants of all ages will learn to use existing/free technology and their own tablets,cell phones, and other digital devices to track plot lines, map character journeys, write sequels, create mash-ups and use animation to bring characters to life.  Selections of videos people create will be made available on the Library's social media.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and a partnership with WFSU-TV as part of the recent Great American Read series on PBS.  Please join us on December 8 to learn more about this state- of- the- art technology.

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