Florida Library Snapshot Day January 22, captures a day in the life of your library

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January 9, 2014
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Nickie Kortus

The Alachua County Library District will be participating in Florida Library Snapshot Day on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  The Florida Library Association (FLA) is pleased to announce its fourth Florida Library Snapshot Day event. The Library District joins libraries across Florida in taking pictures and collecting statistics and comments from library users showing how Floridians are utilizing their libraries. Florida Snapshot Day helps libraries, from the smallest to the largest, capture and showcase the valuable services and innovative programming libraries provide to people across Alachua County and Florida.

Locally, the Library District’s 12 library locations and two bookmobiles, invite all citizens to stop by their library to use a computer, check out books or DVDs, attend a program, visit with library staff, learn about new online services such as free music downloads, and tell us what they think about their libraries. Last January, 5,606 people visited their libraries and checked out 11,353 items, 2,127 people used a library computer and 170 learned computer skills. Library users told us how the library helps them.

“By doing programs to help seniors learn how to use a computer, providing free help with income tax returns and having a good selection of books and DVDs,” commented an Alachua Branch library user.

“As a teacher, I checkout many theme-related books and videos for my students,” said Beth at the Hawthorne Branch. “As a grandmother I get many books for my grandson I care for every day. I also read three books a week and watch several videos every week.”

“I thought we had a great library system in Springfield, Ohio, until I moved to Gainesville, Fla. and happily discovered the Alachua County Library District,” said teacher Ms. P. at Headquarters Library.  “How open, accessible, friendly and exciting this library sys­tem is. Good thing I discovered this gem with innova­tive, creative programs for my special needs students at Sidney Lanier. The presentations here enhance my curriculum at school.”

Alachua County Library District and FLA will collect the results from Gainesville to Pensacola and Miami then share the stories which showcase the positive impacts libraries have in their communities. The statewide results will be posted on the FLA website www.flalib.org, where everyone can see these powerful stories.

For additional information on how to be part of Florida Library Snapshot Day, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, nkortus@aclib.us or the Florida Library Association www.flalib.org.

 

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).