Friday, July 26, 2013

Paine College Collins-Callaway Library in the Spotlight!

The Family Room, located on the library’s first floor, was created in order to address the diverse student population at Paine College.  One of our current and growing populations is the student with a family including small children.   This room is the library’s way of partnering with these students by providing a safe and happy environment for both parent and child to thrive educationally. 

Although, the Family room is used to allow students with children to work in a quiet library environment, it is also used to further the educational pursuits of Paine College students both current and future.  The books and technology in the family room are geared toward educational purposes.  The comfortable environment is inviting thus encouraging both student and child to return. 

The software and games highlighted on the computers enhance basic motor skills and encourage early information literacy skills.  By exposing students to these skills early, provides the future college student with a leg up on the competition.  The friendly and helpful attitudes of the library staff and other patrons make this room the must be place for the family. 

The library has seen an increase in students bringing their children into the library.  With donations from patrons and the Paine College community through the official naming of this Family Room, we will be able to provide the enhancements for sound and educational purchases for both parent and child. 

If you'd like to learn more about our Family Room policies, how to dedicate the room, or contribute to the Family Room, please contact the Paine College Library at 706-821-8361, or visit during operating hours.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 GLA Scholarship Winners

The GLA scholarship committee is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Beard and Hubbard scholarships.  These two awards are given annually by GLA to provide financial assistance for students pursuing a Master’s degree in library science.

This year’s C.S. Hubbard scholarship winner is Asele Mack.  Originally from Russia, she holds a degree in journalism from Moscow State University. She has worked as a writer, translator, non-profit manager, and most recently as a mother of two children. Throughout her career – from writer to mother – libraries have been an essential resource and a second home, so it is only natural that she finally found her true calling in librarianship. After several years of volunteering in public libraries in Florida and Georgia, Asele made a leap of faith and started the MLIS program at Valdosta State University. She now works part time at the DeKalb Public Library. After graduation, Asele plans to become a public librarian and specialize in services for non-English speakers and programming that helps bridge the information and digital divide.

John Mack Freeman is this year’s Charles Beard Scholarship winner. He has a dual BA in English and Theatre from Shorter College.  In addition to being an AmeriCorps alum, Mack has worked in web design, marketing, and content development for the last four years.  He is currently pursuing a Master's of Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University, and he looks forward to beginning his career in librarianship when he graduates in December 2013.  He is currently employed at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library. After graduation, he is interested in public librarianship with an emphasis on marketing, outreach to underserved communities, and government engagement.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

GLA Summer Picnic - July 20, 2013

Join the GLA Summer Picnic at ELIJAH CLARK STATE PARK, GA

ELIJAH CLARK GROUP SHELTER # 2 is reserved for Saturday, July 20, 2013, 7am-10:00pm

Plan for the Day

8:00 to 10:00 Arrive and set up for the day
10:00 to 11:30 Executive Board Meeting
11:30 to 12:30 Food Prep and setting up tables
12:30 to 1:30 Lunch
1:30 to 5:00 Lawn Games
3:00 Watermelon Snack
5:00 to 6:00 Supper from Leftover Lunch
6:00 to 10:00 Rest, clean up, play lawn games, cards

Things to do and see at the park:
  • Boating and Skiing - 4 ramps
  • Fishing - cleaning station, accessible pier
  • Lake Swimming
  • Canoe Rental
  • Archery
  • GeoCaching
  • Hiking - 3.75 miles of trails of nature trails
  • Picnicking
  • Miniature Golf (fee)
  • Playgrounds
  • Shuffleboard
Please RSVP to Diana J. Very

Monday, July 1, 2013

Fannie Mae Davis Special Collections Room, Douglas County Public Library in the Spotlight!

The Fannie Mae Davis Special Collections Room in the library on Selman Drive is named in honor of Douglasville’s Head Librarian from 1961 until 1981, when the library was in the Bowden Street location. Fannie Mae Davis wrote a book on the history of our county entitled “Douglas County, Georgia: From Indian Trail to Interstate 20,” and her portrait hangs in the Special Collections room to honor her dedication and service both to the library and to the city of Douglasville.

The Special Collections room is used for genealogy and historical research and contains publications compiled by Douglas County Genealogy Society. Among the items in the collection are copies of older Douglas County wills, the “Heritage of Douglas County, Georgia 1870-2002” book, and the book titled “Who’s Who in Douglas County,” compiled by Joe Baggett.

The display cases in the room house many glimpses of local history, from photos of local families and early government officials, to the New Manchester ruins in the Sweetwater State Park, as well as civil war items and bricks from the ruins. There are souvenirs from Centennial events in Douglasville, early government books from the courthouse, and our rare book collection. There is an embroidery that was donated to Douglas County Public Library by Margaret Rowe McMichen which shows the history of Douglas County and has always been a key piece of our collection. The collection also houses records on microfilm including Georgia censuses, and issues of the Douglas Sentinel newspaper dating back to the early 20th century. There is a map collection which includes Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Douglasville and other early Campbell County maps (what is now Douglas was once a part of the former Campbell County), along with the listing of Confederate soldiers from that county.

The library has seen an increase both in use of our Special Collections and in donations from patrons and the Douglas County Genealogy Society.

The library now offers two basic genealogy classes a year, as well as instruction on the basic use of and Heritage Quest. If you’d like to learn more, please contact the Douglas County Public Library at 770-920-7125, or visit during operating hours.