Brunswick Library Reopening December 10

The Brunswick Library Renovation has been going full steam ahead. The project is on schedule, and the next phase is to open a section of the facility to the public on December 10. When reopen, patrons may enter the library from the front porch on Gloucester Street. A temporary wall has been built to route patrons into the Children’s Room, where a temporary library has been set up until the full renovation is complete in spring 2019.

Due to the restricted space, there will be limited library services and hours available. The library will have laptops and printing, popular books for check-out, and audiobooks for check-out. The majority of the collection is still being stored, including the DVD collection, and will not be available until the renovation is complete. The library will also have limited hours, and will only be open Mondays – Fridays from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

Preschool Storytime, Baby Storytime, and Lunchtime Yoga will still be held offsite in the Recreation Center at Howard Coffin Park. All book clubs will meet at the St. Simons Island Library. The Pop-up Library will continue to “pop up” around Glynn County. Please visit the Marshes of Glynn Libraries website for a complete listing of programs and events at www.moglibraries.org.

As a reminder, during the entire renovation the St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational. And at any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online.

Turning The Page, a giving campaign for the Brunswick Library Renovation, is still underway. Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional literacy, educational, and technological assets. If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details.

Library Closures for Hurricane Michael

Due to inclement weather conditions expected from Hurricane Michael, the St. Simons Island Public Library will observe the following hours of operation on Wednesday, October 10, and Thursday, October 11:
  • Wednesday, October 10 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 11 – 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
All library programs scheduled for Wednesday and before 12:00 noon on Thursday are cancelled. This includes:
  • Children’s Storytime at Howard Coffin Park on Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Midweek Yoga at the St. Simons library on Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Baby Storytime at Howard Coffin Park on Thursday @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Computer Lab at McIntyre Court on Thursday morning
Because the Brunswick-Glynn County Library is already closed to the public until December for renovations, its hours of operation will not be affected.

Brunswick Library Renovation – August 15 Update

August 15, 2018

If you can believe it – even more information on the upcoming Brunswick Library Renovation

The Friends of the Brunswick Library’s book store is also getting a makeover during the Brunswick Library Renovation.  While the library is closed to the public from August 20 through November 30, 2018, the Friends’ store will be closed, too.  It is not known if the store will reopen when the library reopens on December 3, 2018, since areas of the library will still be under construction.  At this time, please hold any book donations until the Friends are able to accommodate them.  An update will be sent out at a later date, and at any time please visit the Friends’ website for more information.  (www.folbwk.org)

The Brunswick Library staff has been busy preparing the facility for closure on August 20, 2018.  The preconstruction check-list for the upcoming Brunswick Library Renovation is a large task to accomplish.  Besides moving furniture, about 50,000 items in the library’s collection must be moved and stored prior to construction beginning on September 4, 2018.  The renovation is estimated to be complete in spring 2019.

As a reminder, during the entire renovation the St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational.  At any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online.  Preschool Storytime, Baby Storytime, and Lunchtime Yoga will be held offsite in the Recreation Center at Howard Coffin Park.  All book clubs will meet at the St. Simons Island Library.  Please visit the Marshes of Glynn Libraries website for a complete listing of programs and events at www.moglibraries.org.

A temporary computer lab with printing capabilities will be set up for public use at the Boys & Girls Club at McIntyre Court on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12 PM from September 11, 2018 through November 15, 2018.  Computers are also available at the St. Simons Island Library for public use, and the library offers free Wi-Fi access for personal devices as well.

On August 22, 2018 the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will commence a giving campaign, Turning the Page.  Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional literacy, educational, and technological assets.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details.

Brunswick Library Renovation: August 9 Update

More information on the Brunswick Library Renovation

Brunswick Library patrons may have noticed a big change if they checked out or renewed library materials this week; that’s because items checked out or renewed belonging to the library now have a due date of February 2019.  That’s right – you get to keep your library items for 6 months with no fines.  The extended checkout is due to the upcoming Brunswick Library Renovation.  Patrons are welcome to check out and stock up on books before the library closes to the public on August 20.  Checking out more books will be a big help to staff because it will be fewer books to move and store during the renovation.

During the entire renovation, the St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational.  The default “holds” pickup location for Brunswick Library patrons during the renovation will be the St. Simons Island Library.  Patrons may check out, return, and renew items at the St. Simons location.  At any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online through www.gapines.org.

Some of the regularly scheduled programs held at the Brunswick Library will be suspended until the renovation is complete.  However, Preschool Storytime, Baby Storytime, and Lunchtime Yoga will be held offsite in the Recreation Center at Howard Coffin Park.  All book clubs will meet at the St. Simons Island Library.  Please visit the Marshes of Glynn Libraries website for a complete listing of programs and events at www.moglibraries.org. A temporary computer lab with printing capabilities will be set up for public use at the Boys & Girls Club at McIntyre Court on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12 PM from September 11, 2018 – November 15, 2018.  Computers are also available at the St. Simons Island Library for public use, and the library offers free Wi-Fi access for personal devices as well.

The renovation is estimated to be complete in spring 2019.  For the safety and comfort of the public, the Brunswick Library will be closed August 20, 2018 – November 30, 2018.  Plumbing, HVAC, and other major work that has the potential to make the building inoperable for public use will be completed during the closure.  On December 3, 2018 the library will still be under construction, but will reopen to the public with a limited collection and hours.

On August 22, 2018 the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will commence a giving campaign, Turning The Page.  Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional educational, literacy, and technological assets.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details.

Brunswick Library Closed July 5-7 for HVAC Issues

BRUNSWICK-GLYNN COUNTY LIBRARY CLOSURE, JULY 5-7 — Due to problems with its HVAC system, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library will remain closed to the public Thursday through Saturday, July 5th through July 7th. Library patrons may return materials to the book drops in Brunswick or to the St. Simons Island Public Library in the meantime. Overdue fines for Brunswick patrons will be waived during the closure. Current plans are to re-open the Brunswick Library to the public on Monday, July 9. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Courthouse Replica on Display at the Brunswick Library

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.

January 3 Inclement Weather Closure

INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSURE (UPDATE) — Due to inclement weather, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and St. Simons Island Public Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, January 3, and Thursday, January 4. At this time, the library is expected to re-open to the public on Friday, January 5, at 9:30 AM. All library programs scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been canceled. No additional fines or fees for library materials will be assessed during the closure.

MOGL to Participate in the Winter Reading Challege

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.

Read the full press release from Beanstack.

Sign up for the 2018 Winter Reading Challenge.

“Just Kids” exhibit on view Nov. 13 – Dec. 13

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.

1st Grade Library Card Campaign

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.

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HOURS

BRUNSWICK
MON & WED
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
TUE & THU
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
FRI & SAT
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
SUN CLOSED

ST. SIMONS
MON, TUE, THU & FRI
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
WED
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
SAT
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
SUN CLOSED

LOCATIONS

BRUNSWICK-GLYNN COUNTY LIBRARY
208 GLOUCESTER ST.
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA 31520

ST. SIMONS ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
530A BEACHVIEW DR.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA 31522

CONTACTS

BRUNSWICK
912-279-3740
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ST. SIMONS
912- 279-3750
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