2018-01-10 / Community


by Luke Brown

Library Progress in 2017

The Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library is a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System, which serves Decatur, Miller, and Seminole counties. The library had an eventful year in 2017, which saw the introduction of many new programs and materials. Members of the community of all ages and from all walks of life benefited from the library’s collections and services, which included activities for children, teens, and adults.

The library had a busy year for children in 2017 with the continuation of program favorites, and the introduction of several new activities. Toddlers and their parents listened to children’s stories, sang songs, played games, and made crafts during Toddler Time on the third Thursday of each month. Minecraft Club began in November and became a quick hit with pre-teens. Participants played the popular game together in the library’s meeting room. This program will continue on the second Tuesday of each month in 2018.

The library’s annual Summer Reading Program kicked off at the end of May with the 2017 theme “ Build a Better World.” Summer readers in Miller County logged over 500 reading hours in 2017! In addition to the reading portion, the library held several special programs that were exciting and educational, including Doc Atoms, Will Keating, Bright Stars Theater, and a meeting with Pete the Cat. The Summer Reading Program wrapped up in July and concluded with the grand prize drawing of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. The Summer Reading Program was sponsored by Hardee’s, the Decatur County – Gilbert H. Gragg Library Foundation, the Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Foundation, and the Decatur County Family Connection, Georgia Rural Library Initiative, Birdsong Peanuts, and the Miller County Gin Company.

Adults participated in a variety of activities at the library in 2017. The library offered introductory computer classes once in the spring and fall, where attendees learned the basics of using a computer, navigating the Windows environment, creating and editing documents in Microsoft Word, and using the internet and email. The library continued the Adult Coloring Program that is held once a month. This has been a great chance for adults to relax and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of coloring. The library continued to host the popular First Tuesday Book Club each month.

The library revamped its website in 2017 to improve our patrons’ online experience. The library continued to offer free passes to Zoo Atlanta, free State Park Passes, a free State Park backpack, free passes to the Go Fish Education Center, free Chehaw Park passes, free passes to Center for Puppetry Arts, and free passes to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University!

The Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library continued to serve our community by providing books, computer classes, children’s programs, and creating unique experiences for our patrons. We look forward to persisting in our efforts to offer great customer service, engaging programs, and valuable resources to our local community in 2018.

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