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By Jillian Rael, Library Director
The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library recently learned that we have received allocated funds from both the state and federal governments for the purchase of new reading materials, and we could not be more excited!
With this money, I intend to purchase books and audio books to “beef up” the library’s children’s, young adult and adult fiction/nonfiction sections. With the help of our newest volunteer, Brittany Palmer of Lincoln County High School, we are putting together a list of titles that will add a tremendous depth to our lacking young adult holdings.
We always value our patrons’ input and would like to hear from the community any requests for new materials. I cannot promise to get everything everyone asks for, but I would much appreciate ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to send us a Tweet, comment on our Facebook page or simply call the library with any ideas.
A rather large percentage of government allocated funds that comes to public libraries goes toward the READS program. For those who may not know, READS is the state wide online e-book collection that is available to all patrons of Tennessee’s public libraries. I encourage all our patrons to take advantage of this free program. All it takes is a library card and you have access to about 40,000 titles through your e-reader or smart phone.
The community will also be happy to know that the Library’s Board of Directors voted to replace all 13 of our Public Access Computers. I am in the process of ordering now, and the new computers will arrive soon, along with the most up-to-date version of Microsoft Office. In addition, I am hoping to have laptops available for check out in the coming months. These laptops would be available to patrons for use inside the library only, but would utilize our wireless connection. I feel confident that our patrons will benefit much from this laptop program and will be excited for new technology.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms. Sue Holland on board to the library staff. Sue has been a dedicated volunteer here at the library through the RSVP program for a number of years, and I am so pleased to be able to finally make her an official member of the library staff. Sue will be heading up children’s programming, and we are so excited to see what fantastic ideas she implements.