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Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) Shared Paired Reading Program

By Kelly Williams Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) recently began its Shared Paired Reading program, which supports early and continued literacy for children. Laura Dobbins of the Norcross branch modeled this much-needed program after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library System’s Active Reading Mentor program and uses trained staff and volunteers to offer virtual reading practice for children… Continue Reading Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) Shared Paired Reading Program

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The Adult Programming Palooza: Sharing Ideas, Making Connections

By Amie Torok (Chattahoochee Valley Libraries) & Kara Rumble (Sequoyah Regional Library System) The Adult Programming Palooza is back! It’s your library. All grown up. If you’re not familiar with the Adult Programming Palooza, the event is a participant-driven day of learning that aims to bring library professionals from across the state of Georgia to… Continue Reading The Adult Programming Palooza: Sharing Ideas, Making Connections

the mural called, Metamorphosis, depicting a transformation of book pages into an American robin

Libraries Transform: Metamorphosis Mural Installed at Odum Library

By Laura Wright and Deborah Davis Mural painter Tim Nijenhuis recently transformed Odum Library’s South Atrium space. The mural, Metamorphosis, depicts a transfiguration – the morphing of book pages into an American robin, a communicative songbird that can form large flocks. A native bird species was chosen to represent the idea that libraries exist to… Continue Reading Libraries Transform: Metamorphosis Mural Installed at Odum Library

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Houston County Public Library Receives $20,000 Grant

By J. Sara Paulk The American Library Association (ALA) announced recently grants of $20,000 to 77 libraries that continue to experience substantial economic hardship due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Houston County Public Library was the only library in Georgia to receive one of the grants.   “The majority of the grant will be used to amplify… Continue Reading Houston County Public Library Receives $20,000 Grant

The GT Library Gadgets team from top to bottom: Justin Ellis, Andy Blakely, and Shandra Jones.

Equipment Lending at the Georgia Tech Library

(The GT Library Gadgets team from top to bottom: Justin Ellis, Andy Blakely, and Shandra Jones.) By Justin Ellis The Oxford Dictionary defines a Gadget as “a small mechanical or electronic device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one.” The definition is similarly well suited for the Georgia Institute of Technology Library’s equipment lending service,… Continue Reading Equipment Lending at the Georgia Tech Library

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UGA Law Library Expands Partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia, including the Historical Georgia Treatises Special Collection

By: Rachel Evans and Mandy Mastrovita The Alexander Campbell King Law Library is unique among library collections at the University of Georgia (UGA). In addition to managing its holdings in a separate ILS (integrated library system), it has also hosted its own institutional repository on a digital commons site since 2008, where it has continued… Continue Reading UGA Law Library Expands Partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia, including the Historical Georgia Treatises Special Collection

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Azalea Regional Library System’s Underground Railroad Quilt

By: Ashley Pearson A unique piece of history has been added to Greene County Library in the form of a replica of an Underground Railroad quilt. Underground Railroad quilts were used to communicate information to enslaved people about how to escape lives of exploitation and servitude. These quilts were used by those who supported the… Continue Reading Azalea Regional Library System’s Underground Railroad Quilt

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Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS)

By: Brandi Robertson and Sarah Trowbridge Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) (formerly known as GLASS) is Georgia’s free talking book and braille library, tailored to the needs of Georgians of all ages who cannot use standard print materials and require alternative, accessible formats. Beyond people with blindness or low vision,… Continue Reading Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS)

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Bookish Trailblazers at the Forsyth County Public Library

By: Jessica Doss  Take a walk in the woods with the Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL)! Bookish Trailblazers is an outdoor book club dedicated to bringing nature and adventure to library patrons.  Bookish Trailblazers was created by Jessica Doss, an information specialist at the Sharon Forks branch with a passion for the outdoors and nature… Continue Reading Bookish Trailblazers at the Forsyth County Public Library