Monday, November 23, 2009

What's your library worth to you?

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

There is an online calculator that will give you an estimate of how much money you are saving by using your public library, its materials and online services.

Enter the number of items that you check out—books, paperbacks, DVDs. The calculator will figure the retail cost that you would pay for this service. The cost is based on a statewide Florida average.

Also included is a cost estimate for programs that you or your family may attend, use of an online database, or use of a library computer.

In these difficult economic times, libraries are seeing increased use of their services as families have to scale back budgets.

So, borrow a DVD from the library and save $4.50. Borrow a book and save $15.00 over the cost of buying a hardback or paperback book. Attend a computer class, save $10.00. Ask for help in finding an answer to a question, save $7.00.

Calculate your own savings here: Savings Calculator

Friday, November 20, 2009

Grand Opening

After a long summer of construction, Emily Taber Public Library in Macclenny, opened its new addition to the public.  An FL State Legislature grant made this addition possilble.

Friday, November 13, 2009

We've been busy

We've finished compiling statistics for our past fiscal year (Oct 1, 2008-Sept 30, 2009) for the three counties (Baker, Bradford, Union) and bookmobiles in the Cooperative.

The libraries circulated 239,000 items, that's an increase of 1.5% over the previous year.  51,000 people used library computers during the same period.

We've been busy and we like it that way.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Children's Programs

Programs for preschool children will continue through December. Union County Library and Bradford County Library present programs for preschoolers and their grownups each week.

Programs at Union County are on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10am.  Programs at Bradford County are on Wednesday morning at 10am. Check the full schedule and program theme at: Library Events.

These programs are a great way to introduce children to the library, hear a good story, and share in activities selected just for preschoolers. It is also a good way for parents to network and meet others that have children the same age.