Leon County Public Library Newsletter September 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 

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Message from Library Director Pamela Monroe

Leon County Library cards through the years.
Most people that I have talked to remember when they got their first library card. I find it exhilarating to hear adults reminisce about walking into the big building of books at the age of four or five and being handed a card that gave them access to this entire world of knowledge.

Fast forward to 2022, and we have added many more tools to our library toolkit. With eBooks and eAudio, tools (literally) and hotspots from our Library of Things, and Wonderbooks, libraries have evolved into places that offer so many things. Patrons can reserve meeting rooms and individual study spaces for free with a library card as a public place to conduct a meeting. You can “checkout” seeds for your fall or spring garden and interact with master gardeners for tips to help your fruits and vegetables grow.
Libraries really are MAGIC, and your card gives you the privilege to wield it. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit LeonCountyLibrary.org/LibraryCard to receive a free library card and discover the magic at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and Free Library Card Replacement Month. With Leon County's online library card application, getting a card is easier than ever. Library card numbers are sent immediately via email, so you can begin your Library adventure right away! Visit LeonCountyLibrary.org/LibraryCard to apply for a new or replacement card.

Leon County is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans to history, culture, and society with resources and events at the Leon County Public Library. Attend our art exhibit opening or check out our reading lists to learn something new about the achievements of Hispanic Americans and the events that shaped history. Learn more at LeonCountyFL.gov/HispanicHeritageMonth.

Enjoy engaging virtual Author Talks with bestselling authors from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. Tune into the live event with an interactive Q&A, or watch the recording afterwards. 

Upcoming virtual Author Talks include: 

Join us for a series of self-directed activities at the downtown Main Library throughout Banned Books Week (September 18-24). 

  • Learn about Banned Books week and the importance of intellectual freedom. Visit the trifold display in the Main Library Youth Services area.
  • Participate in the Blind Date with a Banned Book Scavenger Hunt. Find wrapped books hidden throughout the collection to enter a raffle to win a free banned book. 
  • Create your own banned book cover. Pick up a blank book cover postcard to showcase your rendition of a banned book cover.

Banned book displays will be available at all library locations.

Join us for Stay & Play right after our Story Times at various library locations. Stay & Play builds early literacy skills and helps you connect with other families. If you can't make Story Time, you are welcome to come just for Stay & Play! Visit the Leon County Public Library calendar for times and locations.
Join us for Lego building! The Library Lego Club is a fun, interactive activity for kids and families to teach creative thinking, motor skills, and puzzle-solving skills. Visit the Leon County Public Library calendar for times and locations.

Two new outdoor games have been added to the Library of Things - Kan Jam Game Set and Competition Tumble Game. We also have other outdoor games available for check out, including cornhole, jumbo 4-to-score, croquet, badminton, and so much more! See all the items available in the Library of Things at LeonCountyLibrary.org/Things.

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