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January 2016 Edition

What is a 21st Century Library?

Stay tuned to this newsletter as we bring you programming and services that make our libraries relevant and responsive to the needs of our community. We've got some very exciting plans for 2016 and can't wait to bring them to your attention!

A Look Back at 2015

You can't plan for the future, if you don't know where you've been....

Vidalia Toombs County Library Total Checkouts for 2015 = 41,943

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Nelle Brown Memorial Library Total Checkouts 2015 = 3,245

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Toombs County Library Visits 2015

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A review of our door count from July - December 2015 compared to July-December 2014 reveals an increase of 12%. Items checked out (books, audio and video) increased 14% for the same time period. Visits and usage of our branches is on the rise in a BIG way!

The Ladson Genealogical Library

Joan Hutcheson from our Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library Group has put together some impressive information regarding visitors since the Ladson opened 14 years ago:


The Ladson hosted 17,176 visitors in this 14 year span - an average of 1,227 per year. In addition to local, state and out of state visitors, we also had people from Iraq, England, The Virgin Islands, Germany, Israel and Jamaica!


In December, patrons visited from local locations such as Reidsville, Vidalia, Lyons, Ailey, Hazlehurst and Statesboro. BUT, we also had out of state visitors from North Carolina and Texas!


The collection has increased by 13 more books, donated by various organizations and individuals in our communities.


One of those donations is a book on local history - The Historical Society of Emanuel County and our local Daughters of the American Colonists Chapter donated Volume One of the recently printed Pine Log Echos, an Emanuel county history. L to R: Jane Faulk, representing the Emanuel County Historical Society, Debra Fennell, Heritage Library at the Ladson and Frances Price, Historian of the General Richard Montgomery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


A Sample of a Visit: A couple visited the Ladson looking for family that had left Montgomery County in 1906. Their information was that the male ancestor's first wife died in 1899. It's on her grave. But after looking up in the 1900 census they realized that she was still alive as late as May 1900. The 1910 census has him listed in Florida with a new wife. They had been married only 5 years. He also had a son who was twelve, so he had to be a product of the first marriage. So it looks like she was still alive as late as 1902. The couple was very happy. Using the census they were able to trace the man's family back to 1850 in Emanuel County. They realized that the family history information was partially wrong. Our Heritage Librarian, Debra Fennell, explained how to use AncestryLibrary edition to look up the census records. Hopefully this will help them in the future, as they were not sure how to research.

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December Programs

"Claus, Cocoa and Crafts" was held on December 12th. We had a great turnout! And our monthly Story Time was especially festive!

2015 Programming for our Branches

We had 23 Children's programs and 638 attendees.

Teen programming occurred 12 times during the year with 165 attending.

Adult programs were enjoyed 5 times this year with 44 attendees.


We have lots of exciting new programming scheduling for 2016, so stay tuned for more!

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January 2016

E-Reader Program - How to set up and check out books on your E-Reader - Wednesday, January 20th @ 10am.


Story time January 4, 11 & 25 @ 11:00 am


Sweet Onion Book Club January 25th at 7 pm. Book of the month: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.

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