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