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Word from the Library … Spirits high, hearts generous for library’s Winter Gala

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

Jill Rael

Jillian Rael


library director


This year’s Winter Gala was an incredible night. A large crowd filled the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Public Library, and spirits were high and hearts were generous. The people of Lincoln County (as well as neighboring counties) came out to support our library, and all had a great time.

The band, Blue Velvet, was incredible, and I think it is safe to say made a few new fans that night. On behalf of everyone here at the library, I want to say thank you, thank you to all who were in attendance as well as those who bought tickets or donated funds but were unable to attend.

A big thank you goes out to all the local artists, businesses, and individuals who donated items to our silent auction, The Sugar Shack Farms which donated incredible cupcake displays, and of course, to all the Friends of the Library board members who have donated their time to make the gala possible. Finally, a huge thank you to our Teen Advisory Board who came out and helped unload cars, direct traffic, take coats, and brought a new sense of energy to this great event.

As we wrap up inventory here at the library, we are gearing up for a lot of upcoming events. Next up we will host computer classes on Feb. 6 and 8. Each month we will offer both basic computer skills as well as a changing lineup of more advanced and focused classes on topics like social media, resumes, blogging, Microsoft Office products, and more. We will also hold training sessions on the READS program on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Please give us a call for more information or to register for computer classes.

We will welcome folk singer Adam Miller on Feb. 26 for a family friendly concert. In March we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and in April we will host an American Girl Tea Party. A full calendar of our events is available on our website at www.bit.ly/flclibrary, click on events to pull up our Google calendar.

Your local librarians will also be doing some traveling in order to teach and present at statewide conferences. In February, I will be hosting a panel discussion on Summer Reading success for small and medium libraries at the Collaborative Summer Reading Program annual conference.

In April we will head to the Tennessee Library Association’s annual conference in Murfreesboro to present a talk again on Summer Reading success. I am proud to announce to the community that I was the recipient of the Tenesco scholarship that covers all my expenses for attending this conference. It was open to librarians statewide, and there could only be one recipient. It is a great honor for me.

In March I will collaborate with the Tennessee State Library to host a webinar on fund-raising for libraries. I am very proud to say that the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Public Library has become well known in the state and regional library system, and we (along with our Friends) are often sought out by other libraries for advice, conversation, and instruction.

In fact, the next meeting of the Buffalo River Regional Library system will be held here at our library for the first time. It is a great opportunity to show off our beautiful building and all the wonderful things we have to offer here at the library!