7/17/17–Surplus Furniture Sale at West Bibb Library
The Middle Georgia Regional Library will be hosting a furniture sale at West Bibb Library July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buyers will be able to look through the inventory on July 17. They will then submit bids stating the item they want and the bid they are placing on it. All bids must be submitted in a seal envelope to Jennifer Lautzenheiser at P.O. Box 6334, Macon, GA 31208 or by personal delivery to the administrative offices at Washington Memorial Library on the 3rd floor by July 19 by noon. Bids may also be sent via email to email@example.com with subject line “Library Furniture Bid”.
Successful bidders will be notified no later than July 21. All furniture must be picked up at the buyer’s expense between July 24 and July 17 at 3 p.m. All furniture not picked up will be removed at the discretion of Middle Georgia Regional Library. All items are sold as is with no guarantee.
The furniture sale is a method to remove surplus furniture still located at the now closed West Bibb Library. All furniture that could be successfully relocated and used at the other library branches have already been moved.
The West Bibb Library closed its doors to the public on April 28. The closure of the library was announced back in November of 2016 as part of MGRL’s efforts to provide world-class libraries and better utilize current resources for the maximum benefit of Macon-Bibb residents. The library will transition these resources to support a proactive outreach effort throughout the community.
The transition will allow for seven-day library service within Bibb County, as well as the hiring of new employees.
West Bibb patrons have been asked to contribute their memories of West Bibb Library to a special West Bibb Memories notebook that will be added to the Middle Georgia Archives.
7/17/17–Middle Georgia Regional Library to participate in REV UP Campaign – Making the DISABILITY VOTE Count
The Middle Georgia Regional Library is participating in a national effort to make the DISABILITY VOTE more influential. This effort, known as the REV UP Campaign, has designated July 17-21, 2017 as National Disability Voter Registration Week in advance of the November elections. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
MGRL will be hosting voter registration drives. The League of Women Voters has volunteered to help run the registration drives. Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the Macon-Bibb branch libraries to participate. The drives will be held at the following:
Shurling Library—Monday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Washington Memorial Library—Tuesday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lanford Library—Wednesday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Washington Memorial Library—Thursday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Riverside Library—Friday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Library locations and phone numbers can be found at bibblib.org. To register, patrons will need to provide a current, valid photo ID OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the registrant’s name and address.
This year, AAPD is pleased to announce a partnership with EveryLibrary to bring National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017 to libraries across the country. Hundreds of libraries in nearly all 50 states have signed on to promote the goals the July 17 -21, 2017 National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) through programming, outreach, public education, and voter registration partnerships or on-site services. Learn more about the AAPD and EveryLibrary partnership.
For more information on the REV UP Campaign, National Disability Voter Registration Week, and how to start organizing in your state please contact AAPD, the national REV UP Coordinator, at www.aapd.com/REVUP. The REV UP Campaign offers a host of information on registering to vote, ways to drive civic engagement, and a compilation of state-specific resources and events.
7/7/17–Middle Georgia Regional Library and United Way add a side of literacy to meals
The Middle Georgia Regional Library and the United Way gave away books to Summer Nutrition Meal recipients at Shurling Library on Friday, July 7 and plan to do so again Friday, July 14.
Library Director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser says the “Take a Book to Lunch” is a joint partnership between MGRL and the United Way and is a strategy to get more books into homes.
Children and teens that came to receive the Summer Nutrition Meals on July 7 received these books to have, not borrow. It is a tactic Lautzenheiser hopes will aid in preventing the summer slide and helping students start the next school year on the best foot.
“I would love more libraries to be nutrition sites. I think it is important for children to receive a nutritious meal and some form of literacy engagement.” Lautzenheiser said.
Children and teens 18 years of age and younger can receive a free meal at Shurling Library from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Summer Nutrition Meal ends July 14.
6/5/17–Local library to host touring exhibition from Michael C. Carlos Museum
The Middle Georgia Regional Library will host an eight-panel touring photographic exhibition from Atlanta’s Michael C. Carlos Museum from June 10 to June 26 beginning at Washington Memorial Library from June 10 to June 17. The display will then travel to Gordon Public Library from June 19 to June 26.
“Discover the Stories of Civilization: Stories of Beauty, Power, Love, Glory and Faith” highlights 15 treasures from the museum’s renowned collections of art from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Americas and Asia.
The exhibition’s statewide tour is part of a new partnership between the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Georgia Public Library Service that also allows residents with valid library cards to check out a museum family pass, valid for up to six free admissions, at more than 400 participating libraries across Georgia.
“As Socrates said, ‘wisdom begins in wonder,’ and nothing instills wonder in young children like Egyptian mummies and Greek myths,” said Carlos Museum Director Bonnie Speed. “On behalf of the museum board and staff, I would like to thank Georgia’s public libraries for helping us share these exceptional works of art and rare artifacts with families throughout the state.”
Middle Georgia Regional Library director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser, is excited about the exhibit’s arrival to Washington Memorial Library and its expected travel to affiliate library, Gordon Library.
“I am a great fan of the partnership opportunities that allow our patrons to visit educational and cultural locations throughout the state,” Lautzenheiser said. “The traveling Carlos Museum exhibit is one more way to make one of these opportunities accessible to our local community. Perhaps it will encourage some of our patrons to check out one of our passes and visit the museum as well!”
From its founding as the Emory University Museum in 1919, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has served generations of students, scholars, schoolchildren, history buffs, art lovers and tourists for nearly a century. Today it welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year.
“Georgia’s library users of all ages will enjoy visiting this marvelous education treasure, and we’re delighted to partner with the museum to make its collections more accessible to families throughout the state,” said State Librarian Julie Walker. “This is one more wonderful way for public libraries to help create a more educated Georgia.”
6/1/17–Longtime Head of Circulation Checks Out for Retirement
After nearly 20 years of service at Middle Georgia Regional Library, Washington Memorial Library’s Head of Circulation, Jeannie Gardner has checked out for the life of retirement.
Joining the MGRL family in 1998 as a part time library assistant in the children’s department, formally known as the junior room, Gardner found herself two years later as a full time library assistant. As the years passed she began to see a need for an unrecognized department in the library and rose to the challenge to organize and develop it becoming Washington Memorial Library’s first Head of Circulation.
Following in her footsteps as MGRL’s new Head of Circulation is, Ashley O’Neal. O’Neal has been with MGRL for three years. She began as a part time library assistant in circulation and became a full time library assistant in 2016.Though MGRL is her first library-based job, she is no stranger to the world of books and customer service having experience from time working at Books-a-Million. Her degree in management also makes her a quality candidate to man the Circulation department which is highly customer service oriented, a feature O’Neal says is very important.
“It’s the first thing people encounter when they enter this [Washington Memorial] library.” O’Neal says. “You want to have good customer services.”
O’Neal is confident in her abilities to work as the new Head of Circulation. She boasts that Gardner has taught her well and that she looks forward to continuing to make circulation at Washington Memorial the best department it can be.
5/17/17–Local Libraries Gear Up for Summer Reading
The Middle Georgia Regional Library locations across Central Georgia are getting amped for their annual Summer Reading Program. Though planning began back in November, the librarians at MGRL are using the first half of May to fine tune programs and materials for what is libraries’ biggest event every year.
Summer Reading begins for MGRL on May 22. Patrons of all ages may participate. They can pick up their reading logs from any MGRL location and begin towards their goal of 25 hours of summer reading. Each Macon-Bibb library branch has a schedule of events for a fun filled summer ranging from performances by special guests to make-and-take activities for the entire family.
Each Macon-Bibb location is expected to have a kickoff, a mid-way celebration encouraging readers to finish strong and complete their reading goal, as well as a grand finale to finish things off.
Bibb County students are encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Program as well. MGRL and the BOE have a Memorandum of Understanding in which they work together to combine resources to encourage literacy development in Bibb County. The reading logs available at MGRL will also be available at Bibb County Schools. Registration can be completed at Macon-Bibb library branches as well as online.
This year’s theme is Build a Better World and MGRL has tailored many of their events to fit that theme with programs focused on building better hygiene, better etiquette, better friendships, and a better self. The program runs until August 5. Anyone with questions can call or visit any MGRL location. That information is listed at bibblib.org. They also reach out via social media @MGRLibraries
5/10/17–Macon Library Director Advocates for Libraries in DC
Middle Georgia Regional Library Director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser, along with several other members of the Georgia public library community, went to Washington, D.C. to lobby on a state level on behalf of Georgia libraries earlier this month.
National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress and rally support for library issues and policies, according to the American Library Association website. Participants received advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings.
The top priority for the National Library Legislative Day was to ask all members of Congress to support full funding for the critical federal library program, the Library Services and Technology Act. It is the only federal funding program for libraries and most of its resources flow to each state through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the form of a population-based matching grant. This and other programs like the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (ILA) program, which promotes literacy from birth through high school and is the only source of federal funding for school library materials targeting literacy, are dependent on federal funding and to lose them would have a significate impact on Georgia libraries.
5/6/17–Middle Georgia Regional Library Graduates First Class to Complete “1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten” Initiative
The Middle Georgia Regional Library (MGRL) is proud to announce its first group of children who have completed the 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten (1KB4K) initiative. The children’s success was celebrated with a graduation ceremony on May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Washington Memorial Library in the Children’s department.
1KB4K is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service to encourage early literacy development. Parents and children are encouraged to read together and share stories, nursery rhymes, and songs, to help the children with language skills so that they could be better prepared upon entering school.
MGRL began distributing the reading logs in the fall of 2015. Through the recurring lap-sit story times and other 1KB4K events for the children and families, MGRL children’s librarian worked to promote the initiative and encouraging those participating to finish with incentives at milestone markers to get the children excited about finishing. The graduation ceremony marked the finish line for these children who range in ages between one and five years old.
The children were dressed in full cap and gown. They were presented with a certificate and took photographs with a special display created for the occasion.
Anyone interested in participating in 1KB4K can visit or call their local library.
4/27/17–West Bibb Library Closes its doors
The West Bibb Public Library closed its doors April 27, 2017. The library closure announced back in November of 2016, is a part of the Middle Georgia Regional Library’s efforts to provide world-class libraries and better utilize current resources for the maximum benefit of Macon-Bibb residents. The library will transition these resources to support a proactive outreach effort throughout the community.
The transition will allow for seven-day library service within Bibb County, as well as the hiring of new employees, including a professional Archivist to assist the current Head Archivist in the Genealogy and Historical Room and an Outreach Librarian that will be able to deliver library services at recreation centers and other community hubs.
“This is not a downsizing of library service within Macon-Bibb,” says Jennifer Lautzenheiser, Director of Middle Georgia Regional Library. “This is a fundamental transformation in the method of delivering library services within the county. We will be able to aggressively and purposefully pursue world-class library service for Macon-Bibb.”
The Bloomfield Library Branch is a welcome addition to the system in the effort to provide world-class library service. Approved in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Middle Georgia Regional Library system and the Macon-Bibb County Recreation Department on Nov. 22, 2016, the new branch provides a physical location and restores library services to the Bloomfield area. The opening day for Bloomfield Library will be announced at a later date.
Patrons with special memories of West Bibb Library are invited to visit any of the other Middle Georgia Regional Library locations to fill out a special West Bibb Memories form that will be added to a special notebook created for West Bibb Library. The notebook will be added to the Middle Georgia Archives.
4/10/17–MGRL Finance Officer Now Certified in Government Accounting
The Middle Georgia Regional Library is proud to announce that, Finance Officer, Pam Clarke, has completed the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Government Accounting for Libraries Financial Training program.
“I pursued it to further my career in government accounting,” Clarke says. “I feel a sense of accomplishment and feel much more knowledgeable in my position at the library.”
The program required the attendance of all three sessions which included three days in Jan., two days in Feb., and two days in March. Clarke was also required to pass the exams on all material.
Clarke began working at MGRL in Aug. 2015. Going forward Clarke says she will continue to do her job with a lot more knowledge so that she can be a better steward of taxpayer resources.
4/10/17–Washington Memorial Library Named One of 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in Georgia
ATLANTA — Macon’s own historic Washington Memorial Library has made Georgia Public Library Service’s newly recognized list of the state’s 10 Most Beautiful Public Libraries.
The Washington Memorial Library opened Nov. 28, 1923, on the site of Washington Place, the home of former Macon Mayor James H. R. Washington. His granddaughter, Ellen Washington Bellamy, donated the site and $50,000 for a library to be built in memory of her brother, Hugh Vernon Washington. Memorials to the family are incorporated into the architecture, including a coat of arms above the original front door and bas-relief cameos high on the north and south interior walls. The Lanier Alcove houses a bust of poet Sidney Lanier by Gutzon Borglum, designer of Mount Rushmore and Stone Mountain. The library’s Genealogical & Historical Room ranks among the top such facilities in Georgia.
To identify and recognize these libraries, GPLS solicited help from residents around the state. After a two-month online-submission campaign, the agency received nominations recommending a total of 60 facilities.
“Those libraries were then judged on their overall design, both in form and function, as well as for their interior and exterior styles and sense of timelessness,” explained State Librarian Julie Walker. “We also wanted to recognize libraries that are, or were, innovative for their time, as well as those whose design reflects and serves their respective communities.”
A panel of public library and architecture professionals reviewed the candidates this winter and, over the course of three rounds of voting, narrowed the 60 nominees down to 10. The judging panel included Leslie Sharp, associate vice provost with the Georgia Institute of Technology and a teacher of historic preservation in the College of Architecture there, and Allyson McCarthy, architect and partner with Turco McCarthy Architecture & Design, who is a former chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. Panel members from GPLS were Walker; Wendy Cornelisen, assistant state librarian for library innovation and collaboration; Jessica Everingham, assistant state librarian for library development and support; Nathan Rall, director of library planning and construction; and David Baker, director of communications and strategic partnerships. Between them, Rall and Baker have nearly five decades of experience working in the design and construction industry.
Georgia’s most beautiful libraries will each be recognized at a 2 p.m. ceremony on April 10 at the Mary Willis Library — the state’s first free library and the first in Georgia to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Representatives from each beautiful library will be presented with a framed certificate and individualized “10 Most Beautiful” stamps for endorsing their respective pages in promotional passports that will be available free at each recognized facility and at hundreds of other participating public libraries around the state in time for this year’s summer vacation season.
The passports shine a spotlight on seven additional public libraries that did not make the final 10 but whose architectural significance or spectacular settings make them equally worthy destinations for travelers.
2/21/17–Grant-seekers get first look at financial resource at local library
MACON, GA—Local nonprofit organizations and other grant-seekers in Central Georgia gathered at Washington Memorial Library for a Nonprofit Fair on Feb. 8.
An initiative to promote the new Funding Information Network provided by the Foundation Center, the Non-profit fair, included two training sessions on the resource, “Intro to Finding Grants” and “Intro to Proposal Writing”.
Participants ranged from United Way of Central Georgia to the Macon Symphony Orchestra to individuals looking to start their own nonprofits. Both information sessions were led by Foundation Center representative, Stephen Sherman.
Staff at Washington Memorial Library began inviting local nonprofit organizations to attend the event back in December of 2016. Reaching out via phone calls, emails, and spreading the word at local community meetings and gathers, they expanded their reach to their patrons through flyers, social media, and the local newspaper.
Reponses began to flood in from interested parties all over so much so that private one-on-one sessions had to be scheduled other dates later in the month. Soon, the entire remainder of the February calendar had been filled and arrangements to create classes on the resource in March were underway.
Thanks to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, the resource is located at Washington Memorial Library and can be accessed through the computer lab terminals or personal devices that are connected to Washington Memorial’s wireless internet.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the Funding Information Network and any other Foundation Center resources, can stop by the reference desk at Washington Memorial Library or give them a call at 478-744-0825.
1/12/17– MGRL Director receives Librarian of the Year award
Jennifer Lautzenheiser was presented with the Georgia’s Public Librarian of the Year award by the Georgia Public Library Service on Jan 12 at Washington Memorial Library.
Representatives including State Librarian, Julie Walker, and Macon- Bibb Commissioner Gary Bechtel gave remarks on Lautzenheiser and her commitment to the betterment of the community and public libraries.
Walker presented Lautzenheiser with a glass plaque and check for five hundred dollars. In her remarks, Lautzenheiser expressed her gratefulness for being chosen to receive the award and recognition and the need to give credit to everyone from the librarians in the system’s branches to the administrative team for their efforts.
“I’m from the school of librarians build community,” Lautzenheiser said. “I came into a community that had already done the hard work of learning how to work together…it was kind of right for me to come in and say ‘hey we want to join in’.”
The Public Librarian of the Year award recognizes a full-time and professionally licensed public librarian whose innovative and creative talents are instrumental in the delivery of outstanding library service to his or her library and to the communities it serves. Lautzenheiser has brought several initiatives to the community through the library including the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, the Funding Information Network through the Community Foundation, and new programming provided at each branch library location.
According to a news release by GPLS, nominations for this year’s GPLS-sponsored awards were submitted from public library directors and trustees, members of recognized Friends of the Library groups and GPLS staff members. Collectively, GPLS received more than three dozen nominations from every corner of the state.
11/14/16 — MGRL joins Foundation Center’s global network
Nonprofit organizations and other grant-seekers in Central Georgia looking for funding sources now have access to a valuable new collection of resources at Washington Memorial Library. Thanks to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Washington Memorial Library has become a Funding Information Network partner-location with Foundation Center.
Funding Information Network partners provide under-resourced and underserved populations in need of vital information and training with tools they can use to become successful grant seekers. Located throughout the country and around the world, Funding Information Network partners offer free access to Foundation Center’s detailed information on grantmakers and applying for grants. Foundation Center’s core collection of resources includes Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 140,000 U.S. grantmakers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Foundation Maps, print directories, and proposal writing guides. Beginning early 2017, Washington Memorial Library will hold training sessions on how to effectively use these resources and identify potential funders.
The resource is located at Washington Memorial Library and can be accessed through the computer lab terminals or personal devices that are connected to Washington Memorial’s wireless internet. For more information about Foundation Center resources, visit foundationcenter.org or stop by the reference desk at Washington Memorial Library.
10/6/16– MGRL Director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser graduates from PINNACLE
MGRL is proud to announce that director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser, has graduated with the 2015-2016 PINNACLE class.
The PINNACLE leadership program is designed to prepare Georgia’s degreed public librarians who possess a minimum of two years professional experience to move into positions of leadership in their organizations and allow those already in these positions to improve their practice.
8/17/16 — MGRL sends 2nd Librarian to PINNACLE in two years
Middle Georgia Regional Library’s Affiliate Services Coordinator, James O’Neal, has been accepted to the 2016-2017 Public library INstitute for New and Creative Leadership Education (PINNACLE).
The PINNACLE leadership program is designed to prepare Georgia’s degreed public librarians who possess a minimum of two years professional experience to move into positions of leadership in their organizations and allow those already in these positions to improve their practice.
As the Affiliate Services Coordinator, James oversees nine affiliate library branches in five of MGRL’s six member counties and serves as their state-licensed librarian, supporting them through his professional librarian skills, knowledge, and guidance.
7/6/16 — Georgia Libraries now provide FREE access to TumbleBooks
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. There are over 250 animated, talking picture books. The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles.
To get started, simply obtain the GALILEO password the next time you visit your local library, then click the link: www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=ztbo
4/4/16 – Chilton Library and Gale Legal Forms Added to MGRL Online Services
MGRL is excited to add Chilton Library and Gale Legal Forms to its growing collection of online services. Chilton Library provides maintenance and repair information for thousands of vehicles. Gale Legal Forms provides official legal forms with more forms being added daily. As always, these services are provided free through your library. Library users with an MGRL-specific PINES library card can access these resources through the links above and on the library’s website.
3/10/16 — Ellamae Ellis League Inducted in the Georgia Women of Achievement Hall of Fame
Ellamae Ellis League was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement Hall of Fame at the 25th Annual Induction Ceremony on March 9, 2016. Head Archivist Muriel Jackson of the Middle Georgia Archives nominated League for the Georgia Women of Achievement Hall of Fame.
In 1934 League became part of the only two percent of American architects who were women at that time. Over 9,200 of League’s architectural drawings are held at the Washington Memorial Library including commissions within five states and forty-two Georgia counties.
Stop by our Genealogical & Historical Room and Middle Georgia Archives to see some of her work!
1/27/16 — “Library Legislative Day”
It’s Library Legislative Day at the Georgia State Capitol and our very own Director, Jennifer Lautzenheiser and Board of Trustees member Verneda Appling are meeting with legislators on behalf of MGRL!
1/25/16 — “The Macon Factor Night #1”
MACON,GA—“You’ve got to use what you got, to get what you want”, said the late James Brown. So, the Middle Georgia Regional Library is using Macon’s rich musical history to provide the community with a great series, “James Brown: The Macon Factor”, to show the musical influence Macon had on James Brown and his peers.
Thursday, January 21, 2016 kicked off the first day of “James Brown: The Macon Factor”. Dr. Deborah-Patrice Hamlin the series leader started the discussion with the early career of James Brown and Macon’s rich musical history. This sparked a fire and people from all walks of life began to recount their family’s ties to Macon’s rich musical history. The audience expressed how they wanted the story of Macon to be told and the infrastructure to be preserved, areas like Tindall Heights. This led to a consensus that these discussions are the focal point of coordinating grassroots effort to tackle today’s issues and help tell the story. If you want to be a part of the discussion you still have a chance. There are 3 more opportunities to join in on the discussion and celebration.
We’re really excited to bring this discussion series and a host of related activities to the community, this is what we enjoy doing. We welcome you to take part in this discussion, connect with others from all over Macon and share your memories and passion for Macon!
12/17/15 — MGRL Receives Dominion Cybergrant
The Middle Georgia Regional Library received a grant for $2,000 from the Dominion Company. The grant is being provided for the Twiggs County Library. Dominion recently constructed a location in Jeffersonville. During this time Twiggs County library supported Dominion with space for interviews and meetings. In support of their new community and appreciation for the library’s hospitality, Dominion provided a grant to Twiggs County Library. The grant will be used to support ongoing activities at Twiggs County Library.