Photo above (left to right): Representative Jeff Jones, Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director Geri Mullis, and Representative Don Hogan
Representative Don Hogan, Representative Jeff Jones, and Senator William Ligon gave the Marshes of Glynn Libraries a present: a replica of the Glynn County Courthouse to display in the Brunswick Library.
On February 12, Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal held the second annual “Art From the Inside” auction at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building in Atlanta. Attendees were given the opportunity to purchase artwork created by inmates in prisons around Georgia. All proceeds went towards the “Little Readers” program, which allows inmates around the state to record DVDs of them reading aloud children’s books. The DVDs are then mailed to their children or grandchildren along with a copy of the books read.
At four feet by six feet, the courthouse replica is no small feat. The piece was built by Benny Wilson, an inmate at the Ware State Prison in Waycross, Georgia, and took over 500 hours to complete.
“I am so glad the replica will be on display at the library for the community to see,” said Representative Hogan, who transported the piece himself from Atlanta in the back of his pickup truck. “I had to check the weather to make sure it wouldn’t rain on me,” said Hogan. “It took a couple of us to get it in the library, and we had to turn it to the side to get it through the door.”
Representative Jones said that Hogan was the instigator for securing the piece for the library. Jones said, “I am so proud Rep. Hogan had the foresight to bid on the replica we were able to bring back to donate to the library for our community.”
The replica’s new home is inside the Reading Room by the large windows in the Brunswick Library. “It immediately attracted the attention of 3rd grade students touring the library earlier this month,” said Ben Bryson, the Assistant Director for the libraries. “We heard a chorus of ‘oos and ahhs’ as the tour approached the replica. I can already tell this will be a highlight tour stop for future school visits.”
The Brunswick Library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 8 PM. Stop by the library to see the latest attraction today.
Starting February 6, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will be official participants in GADD, a statewide library cooperative that makes e-content available to patrons of the member libraries. As a result, our library patrons will have greater access to e-books, e-audiobooks, and digital magazines. Patrons familiar with our RBDigital services – formerly known as OneClick Digital and Zinio for Libraries – will recognize the platform used by GADD. The biggest change will be with all the new content available starting February 6. Patrons with an existing RBDigital account do not need to do anything to gain access to the new content. Those wishing to try out our new e-books, e-audiobooks, and digital magazines can learn how to set up their accounts using their PINES card number starting here.
Note: As a result of our participation in GADD, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will be phasing out access to e-books in Freading during February.
In January 2018, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will be participating in Beanstack’s inaugural Winter Reading Challenge, joining other libraries around the world. To participate, MOGL patrons are challenged to read at least 10 hours during the month of January and track those minutes in Beanstack.
Over 100 libraries around the world will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. If participating libraries reach the nationwide goal, “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to the organization “First Book,” which provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.
The St. Simons Island Library will be increasing open hours to the public in 2018.
Numerous requests have been made by the community to increase the operating hours at the St. Simons Island Library. The Marshes of Glynn Libraries are happy to announce that on January 2, 2018 the library will now be open at 9:30 AM Monday through Saturday. Thanks to the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, the library received an increase in the FY18 Budget to hire a new part-time staff member that made the change possible. Once the change is in place, both the public libraries in Glynn County will have matching opening hours.
The new hours for the St. Simons Island Library are as follows:
9:30 AM to 5 PM
9:30 AM to 5 PM
9:30 AM to 7 PM
9:30 AM to 5 PM
9:30 AM to 5 PM
9:30 AM to 1 PM
From November 13 through December 13, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will be hosting photographer Ryan Johnson’s “Just Kids” exhibit, which mixes documentary and portraiture style photographs to give viewers a front-row seat to stories of families and their loved ones who have an intellectual or developmental disability. This exhibit, sponsored by Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), began its tour in July at the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services at the Decatur County-Gilbert H. Gragg Library in Bainbridge. The tour is continuing through January 2019, with stops at the following library systems: Augusta-Richmond County, Northeast Georgia Regional, Marshes of Glynn, Oconee Regional, Middle Georgia Regional, Lee County, Chattahoochee Valley, Athens Regional, Conyers-Rockdale, Forsyth County, Cherokee Regional, West Georgia Regional, Sara Hightower Regional, and Uncle Remus Regional.
Photographs from the “Just Kids” exhibit are currently on display at both the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and the St. Simons Island Public Library through December 13.
St. Simons Elementary 1st grader Carolyn Morrow is excited to receive her very own PINES library card from Library Director Geri Lynn Mullis.
Marshes of Glynn Libraries and Glynn County Schools have partnered to create the “1st Grade Library Card Campaign” for the 2017-2018 school year. Library card applications have been – or will soon be – distributed to all 1st graders in the Glynn County School System, and library staff are delivering the cards to the schools for those who sign up. Thanks to the generosity of the St. Simons Rotary Club, every 1st grade student is also receiving a free book to help start or grow a home library.
The Friends of the Brunswick-Glynn County Library were officially honored by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners at the October 19 Commission meeting as part of National Friends of the Library Week. Pictured from Left to Right: Glynn County Commission Chairman Bill Brunson, Brunswick-Glynn County Library Manager Lori Hull, Friends Volunteer Diane Mueller, FOL President Betsy Stafford, FOL Reading is Fundamental Coordinator Sally Easley, FOL Book Store Coordinator Margie Young, FOL Treasurer Dick Young and FOL Book Sale Coordinator Diane Hughes.