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February, 2016

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Vidalia-Toombs County Library, Nelle Brown Library and The Ladson Genealogical Library

Exciting Technology Arriving in our Libraries! Welcome to the 21st Century Library.

Stay tuned for some exciting new technology arriving in our Libraries in early March! Think about our children learning "hands on" programming in a fun and interactive way. How about creating your own 3D object? Do you know what a "Makey Makey", "Raspberry Pi" and "3D Printer" are? During March, you'll be able to see one, experience one and begin to imagine ways of using these devices to expand your imagination!

Digital "Did You Know?" Our State's Virtual Library (GALILEO)

Through GALILEO, Georgia citizens have access to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn't available through free search engines or Web directories. Two of those offerings are:


1. Mango - offers 63 online foreign language courses for English Speakers and 17 ESL courses.

"All about Mango" webinar: mangolanguages.com


Companies in Georgia benefit from employees who know more than one language and are better able to bridge cultures as our world becomes smaller.


College applicants need to have two years of a language. Mango provides round the clock access to students with a library card - providing new ways to practice and improve their skills.


2. Digital Library of Georgia - Sharing Georgia's History and Culture Online


The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, maps, audio, video and other resources. This library connects users to a million digital objects in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies.


Topics Include:

The Arts, Business & Industry, Education, FolkLife, Government & Politics, Land & Resources, Literature, Media, Peoples & Cultures, Religion, Science & Medicine, Sports & Recreation and Transportation.


You can Browse By:

Time Period, County, Institution, Media Type and Collections A - Z.

January 2016 Usage

Vidalia-Toombs County Library

In January, we had a total of 3648 visitors - 1011 computer users and 3134 items checked out. Story Time met three times during the month and had 27 children in attendance. Our TABOO group met once with 12 teens present. The Sweet Onion Readers met once and had 10 members discussing Lonesome Dove.

Nelle Brown Library

Nelle Brown Library opened to 282 visitors - had 150 computer users and 90 items checked out.

The Ladson Genealogical Library

January brought 17 visitors to The Ladson - 12 were computer users accessing the genealogical sites and services free of charge and 23 reference questions handled by our Heritage Librarian, Debra Fennell.


The Daughters of the American Colonists will hold a genealogical workshop on Saturday, Feb. 13th from 1-3pm. This workshop is open to members across the state, as well as interested guests.


The Georgia Library Association approved a Genealogy and Local History Special Interest Group to exchange ideas and promote library genealogy, local history and archival materials and our own Debra Fennell has been appointed Vice Chair!.

February Programming

Programming for March