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.
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.
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.
The Marshes of Glynn Libraries will celebrate “Drop Everything and Read” – D.E.A.R. – during the week of April 4-8, which coincides with the Glynn County Schools’ Spring Break Vacation. In addition to our regular storytime schedule, we will also host a special Bedtime Storytime at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library on Thursday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. The full schedule is below.
- Wednesday, April 6, at 9:45 a.m. – Children’s Storytime at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library
- Thursday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. – Toddler’s Storytime at the St. Simons Island Public Library
- Thursday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. – Bedtime Storytime at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library
- Friday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. – Baby Storytime at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library
For a complete schedule of library events, visit our calendar page.