Gainesville Library Renovation

by: Adrianne Junius The Gainesville Library serves as the headquarters for the Hall County Library System and consists of approximately 37,500 square feet on two levels. This building was originally constructed in 1969 at 28,900 square feet and was intended to serve as a tornado shelter after a historically tragic category 5 tornado destroyed most…

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Georgia Library Association Joins National Effort to Connect Households to Home Broadband

Georgia Library Association is working to help build awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program provides a discount of up to…

Cherokee Regional Library System recognized as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year

by: Deborah Hakes Georgia’s public library of the year is a four-branch system that has found ways to build upon its already award-winning services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cherokee Regional Library System has previously been recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with a national grant for their Next Chapter program, which…

What’s in a Word

I spotted the observation around the time of the millennium.  A pundit wrote that communication is becoming less dependent on language. More communication was observed via the use of pictographs, or hieroglyphics.  These days, the emoji is as ubiquitous as its population is increasing.  A check of my phone (an Apple) showed 91 emoji*  variations…

Hubbard and Beard Scholarships – It’s Time to Apply

From Scott Pieper, Scholarship Committee Vice-Chair The application period for the Beard and Hubbard Scholarships is now open! The Hubbard Scholarship is a one-time $3,000 award presented each year with the purpose of recruiting excellent librarians for Georgia by providing financial assistance toward completion of a Master’s degree in library science. It is made possible by the…