Leon County Public Library Newsletter January-February 2021 Edition

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January-February 2021 Edition

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Library Holiday Closures

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All library locations will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

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Coming soon: RFID self-checkout

Our libraries are in the process of converting to a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.  This change will provide safe, fast and fun checkout for you.  Check out a whole stack of books, movies and more in a single action, then grab and go!  The new equipment will be rolled out gradually, location by location, over the next several weeks.  Expect to see some exciting changes inside the libraries as we adjust for new self-checkout kiosks and other equipment. 

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Current Services

Stay informed on COVID-19

At this time 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 over their nose and mouth 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.
    • All library locations' hours of operation can be found here.
    • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Donations can be left in the specially marked drop box just outside of the Friendshop door at the Leon County Main Library, or call the Friendshop at (850) 224-3290 for other options. 

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

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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 325,000 cloth masks to the public.

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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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Get a Flu Vaccine Today

Leon County Government and health officials remind you that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever to protect yourself and your community from the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a flu shot near you at http://www.GetMyFluShot.org
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Did You Know...?

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Homework Hub 

Does your K-8th student need help working on a tough homework assignment or have questions about a lesson?

Homework Hub is a free program pairing students with tutors in a one-on-one environment. Our volunteer tutors are ready to help you with math, English, social studies and science!

Visit our website for more info and to make an appointment: www.LeonCountyLibrary.org/HomeworkHub

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Check out Author Alerts, a service that notifies you when your favorite author's new materials are added to our collection! 

Notifications of new arrivals are sent straight to your email. 

To sign up, click here.

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Find all of your e-books and e-audiobooks in one place! OverDrive/Libby has acquired RBdigital. All RBdigital titles have been 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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Discover new worlds with our free digital library apps

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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 March 31, 2021.

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

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All Ages Events

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NEA Big Read - Leon County Events Forthcoming!

Stay tuned for a wide variety of events for all ages in February and March through Zoom. These events are inspired by the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. 

A sneak peek of what's to come: 

We'll be hosting STEAM events for children, writing workshops, virtual nature walks, and more! 

Check our NEA Big Read - Leon County page for updates on upcoming events and Zoom links. 


*A part of the NEA Big Read - Leon County. 

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

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African American Read-In

The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library invites you to this year's African American Read-In in February 2021.

This year we'll be going virtual through Zoom. Members of the community will read African American authored works for children and families. Please join us for this inspirational event, also featuring Godby High School's outstanding drumline.

Date and time to be announced. Check our calendar for up-to-date information.