Leon County Public Library Newsletter: Special Edition

Monday, February 1, 2021 | 

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Special Edition - February 2021

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From the Director

What's new at the Library?  Enough to fill a special edition of our newsletter! It's time for The Big Read featuring Hope Jahren's book, Lab Girl. Look for free copies of the book (yours to keep) at all libraries beginning Monday, February 1st.   Dr. Jahren's book helps us discover and ultimately celebrate women in science during February and March.  Right on the heels of the Big Read kickoff is The Big Seed (Library), Spring 2021.  Our annual African American Read-In, a Library tradition for many years, is going virtual and promises to be an enjoyable hour for all ages.  In addition, there are important updates on our e-books, downloadable audio books, and digital magazine access.  Please read on!

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RFID Self-Checkout Update

Our libraries are in the process of converting to a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.  This change will provide safe, fast and fun checkout experience.  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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Woodville Self-Checkout

Sneak peek! The Woodville self-checkout is coming soon.


OverDrive/Libby Update

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Our name is changing in Libby! Our OverDrive e-book and e-audiobook titles will now be part of the Panhandle Library Access Network. This means even more titles for you to choose from!
Be sure to add "Panhandle Library Access Network- LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library" as your lending library in the Libby app. Your holds will transfer to this new location automatically.
Browse our collection after signing in here.

If using a browser: 

1.   Go to panhandle.overdrive.com

2.   Click Sign in

3.   Select LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System

4.   Sign in with the library card number.


From the Libby app:

1.   Tap the Libby icon in the upper right corner.

2.   Select Add a Library

3.   Add Panhandle Library Access Network

4.   Log in again. If the app doesn’t ask for a log in immediately, it will ask when the first item is checked out.


  •   All existing holds and checkouts will migrate.
  •  The checkout limit is five, and the hold limit is ten. These are the consortium limits. We will investigate whether this limit can be raised.

For tips and how-tos, click here.

Overdrive Loans and holds are also now visible in your Library account under Digital Holds and Digital Checkouts.


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RBdigital Magazines

RBdigital magazines will be added to Libby beginning February 3rd and may take 24 hours to fully migrate. Just one more reason to download the Libby app for easy one-stop-shopping! 

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Upcoming Events

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Library Lecture: Changing Faces in STEM: Heartwork Grounded in Service, Science, and Scholarship with keynote speaker Dr. Adrienne Stephenson

Thursday, February 11 @ 6:30 p.m. 

Join Leon County and the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Kickoff on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science for an inspiring Library Lecture featuring local scientist and educator, Dr. Adrienne Stephenson.

Dr. Stephenson will lead a discussion of her personal journey as a Black woman in STEM and how her intersecting passions help to change the narrative of science education empowering young people to discover their highest potential.

From Dr. Stephenson: "How often do we take time to reflect on what motivates us to do what we love most? My WHY is defined by my multiple identities and intersecting passions, Black, Woman, Scientist, Scholar, and Servant Leader. Collectively, they empower me to work to change the narrative of what a scientist looks like and give youth especially those underrepresented in STEM spaces reflections of who they can become."

Leon County’s Library Lecture Series is free and open to the public. This Library Lecture kicks off the NEA Big Read, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, an award-winning autobiography about her life in science and battle with mental health issues.

To register for the Zoom link, click here.

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NEA Big Read - Leon County Events!

Throughout February and March, we're hosting a variety of events for all ages. These events are inspired by the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. 

Free copies of the book are available at all Library locations while supplies last.

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

Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.

This year we'll be going virtual. From 6:30-7:00 p.m., members of the community will read African American authored works for children and families.

From 7:00-7:30p.m., we invite the public to read their favorite African American story (5 minutes per reader).

Sign up to read your favorite African American story here: tinyurl.com/LCReadInSignUp

Please join us for this inspirational event, also featuring Godby High School's outstanding drumline.

Register for the Zoom link here: tinyurl.com/ReadInZoomRegistration