Wednesday, December 19, 2012



                    DECEMBER 19 AT 5:30 P.M.

                       DECEMBER 18 AT 6 P.M.

                      ALL LIBRARIES REOPEN
          JANUARY 3, 2013 AT REGULAR TIMES

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


     Yep!  It's here!  Do you know how long we've been waiting for a new book drop?  Long time!
     So, where is it? you ask. 
     If you're a user of the old book drop, you know that it was located at the back side of our parking lot.  You could come down the one-way drive behind the library, pull up to the old book drop on the lefthand side of the drive, and put your books (ONLY books) in the book drop.
     Well, the new book drop is right before where the old one was, same side of the one-way drive.  You can't miss it.  It's BIG.  And it's SILVER with blue words.  And, best of all, with this one you can put returned books AND media in the two separate slots.
     Yep, it's a double-return, meaning that patrons can return books through one slot, and movies/audiobooks through the smaller slot.  Patrons will no longer be required to turn in movies and audiobooks at the front desk of the library, because this book drop is designed to protect these materials from the elements...rain, sleet, snow, whatever.
     And here's another good thing to know.  The book drop was funded by SPLOST funds.  Our director, Holly Phillips, said it just "shows that all those pennies do add up!"
     And while I have your attention, let me tell you that work is continuing on the new roof and the new chiller.  We'll be looking for the completion by the end of February.  No more leaking ceiling more freaky weather inside the library.
     It's going to be a "wonderful life" at the library when we reopen again January 3, 2013.  We keep making your library experience better and better.
     Be sure you make visiting your the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library more often in 2013 one of your new year resolutions.

Monday, December 17, 2012


     That's right!  Santa is on our Odom Genealogical Library Board!  Has been for several years and will continue to be for years to come!  And I just thought it was about time you knew!
     But first let me tell you a little about the Odom Library.  It was made possible by a bequest from Ellen Ashby Payne Odom, who was a Trustee of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library and very interested in genealogy.
     At her death, it was revealed that she had bequeathed the proceeds of the sale of her land and home to the library for the purpose of building a genealogy library in Moultrie.
     Today, the Odom Library operates on the interest from her estate.  The endowment is managed by a Moultrie banking firm.  The Odom Library is governed by a Board of Trustees.
     So, let me tell you who is on the Board of Trustees and, if you live in Moultrie and know some of these people, you just might be able to figure out who Santa is in disguise.
     Board Chairman is Lauren Howell and the Trustees are Merle Baker, Virginia Horkan, James Jeter, William McIntosh, Paula Neely, Brooks Sheldon, and Doug Strange.  I've left out the name of the person Santa is impersonating.  Do you know who it is?
     Santa has been coming to the Odom Library Board meetings for as many years as I've known him.  He's a retired educator.  When Mr. Bert Harsh resigned from the Board in February 2003, Santa (in his disguise) was elected May 2003 to serve as a Trustee.
     He comes to every meeting with his lovely white beard, sharing his happiness and wisdom with all in his presence.  He's a rather quiet gentleman, but a deep thinker.  And his sense of humor is displayed when (and if) his cell phone sounds during a meeting.
     Many of us see him all around town.  He is always helping at the Colquitt County Museum of History, where he is available to lead tours or talk to out-of-towners about the many exhibits.  Of course, we see him in his sleigh during the Christmas events.  And many parents have pictures of their children with him displayed on the walls of their homes.
     As a teacher, the students called him "Mr. B." and some of us continue to call him that.
     So...any ideas who Santa is in disguise?
     Well, I'll never tell.  I don't want to be on his Naughty List!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


     Those of us who work at Georgia public libraries are fortunate to receive copies of Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) NEWS, a newsletter about great happenings in libraries around Georgia.
     Just the other day we received our December issue and it has an important article about how the new GALILEO interface streamlines content searches.  For that reason, I need to tell you some of what the article said (and I quote):
     "GALILEO users are discovering an easier, more streamlined way to search and retrieve content from the 100-plus information databases, digital collections and other resources offered to them by Georgia's Virtual Library.
     "Introduced in October, the new Discover GALILEO interface simplifies the search searching almost all GALILEO resources at once.  Results can be sorted by relevance or date, and customers can easily refine searches by format, source, collection and more.
     "'Discover GALILEO uses a different approach, combining resource indexes into one master index,' explained Merryll Penson, executive director of Library Services for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.  'This makes for a faster, more customizable list of results,' she said.
     "Possibly the most notable advantage of simultaneously searching resources is that users often get results from places that they might not have thought about.
     "...Alan Harkness, assistant state librarian for Library Development, noted that the Discover GALILEO interface should get even better over time, as GALILEO staff tweak the tool's effectiveness.  'Anyone who has ever been frustrated with a GALILEO search in the past needs to give it another try now,' he said.  'The difference is really amazing.'
     "Users should note that a few popular GALILEO resources cannot logically be included as part of the new Discovery search.  These include genealogy resources such as Heritage Quest or Ancestry Plus, which is not available outside of the library; and the online testing preparation resources that are included in Learning Express Library and RB Test Prep.  These must still be launched separately within GALILEO or through Express Links from another web page.
      "Harkness said, 'In the near future, we hope to add public library catalog results to Discover GALILEO, so that customers would literally have to look only in one place for all their information needs.'
     "GALILEO is available in every public library in Georgia and can be accessed from home at by using a library-issued password or PINES card number."
     So, now you know!  We're constantly on the move to make your library experience a great experience!  Try the new Discover GALILEO today and have lots of fun.
(Source: Georgia Public Library Service NEWS, December 2012 issue)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


     We're celebrating the holidays at our library with a delightful afternoon for the children of our community.
     On Tuesday, December 11th, our library will host a "Children's Holiday Story Time," 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Children's Library.  The program will be bilingual.
     Children are invited to listen to two selected Christmas stories, make a craft, and enjoy a snack.
     The stories they will be listening to are "Winter's Gift" by Jane Monroe Donovan and "The Finest Christmas Tree" by John and Ann Hassett.
      We do, however, ask parents or guardians to phone the library to register their children for the event.  We want to be sure everyone has a craft and a snack.  The number to call to register is 229-985-6540.
      Plan now to bring your children to the library for this wonderful storytime....  See you there!

Monday, December 3, 2012


     Here we are in the last month of 2012.  What better time to tell you about some wonderful things that are happening at our library...the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library in Moultrie, Georgia.
     Earlier this year, someone must have told Santa what they would like to have for Christmas 2012.  And it appears those wishes are coming true!
     First, a new book drop was ordered and the maintenance crew poured the concrete pad this week.  The new book drop will be located just across the driveway from the current two book drops.  It will be a double-return book drop, meaning that our patrons can return books through one slot and movies/audiobooks through the smaller slot.  Patrons will no longer be required to turn in movies and audiobooks at the library's front desk, because this new book drop is designed to protect these materials from the elements.  (That's a YEA!, huh?)  The book drop should arrive within a few weeks, so keep your eyes open for it in the new location.  By the way, this project was funded by SPLOST, which shows that all those pennies do add up!!!
     Second, work has begun on the new roof.  And work will also begin on the new chiller for the north end of the building.  The contractor has already poured a concrete pad for it.  They are estimating that the project will be complete (for both roof and chiller) by the end of February 2013.  That's like a double present all in one!
     And the Friends of the Library decided to fund the software for "PC Reservation."  (Thank you, thank you to our Friends!!!)  This software will allow patrons to sign up for a computer without having to go through the front desk.  PC Reservation will also handle time limits for the computers, so that once the computers fill up, the patron who has been on the longest will receive a message telling them their time is about to be up, and the next patron will be assigned that computer.  Tentative plans call for installation sometime this month.  The program will free up a lot of time for the circulation staff so they can better help patrons with requests, assistance, and research.  It will also save time for patrons, since they won't need to stand in line and wait for a computer or turn in a mouse.  Like with anything new, there will undoubtedly be some bumps along the way, but it will all work out just fine.
     Last but not least, be sure you notice the lovely big container (you really won't be able to miss it!) full of tall green plants that has been placed in the atrium by (once again) our great Friends of the Library.  The atrium is located by coming in the double doors from the parking lot.  We appreciate so much the wonderful things they have done to help us this year!!!  They are truly our "best friends forever."
     So, it's not only a Merry Christmas for all of us working here at the library, but it's a big Merry Christmas to all of you who use our library...your library.  And a big HAPPY NEW YEAR, too!