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When the economy is down in the dumps, the library becomes an even more valuable part of the community. Not only does it help people find jobs with job search classes and resources, not only does it educate children so that they become productive members of society, the library also gives back immediately to your pocketbook! Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) recently created a Value of Library Services Calculator.  Just fill in the fields and it will tell you how much money you are saving by using the library.

We recently posted the same link to our Facebook page, and asked people to post a reply with the results of how much they were saving. Six people responded, and the average amount saved was $557.72 per month!

How much are you saving? Feel free to reply to this blog post with your amount saved.


Mar 17 2010

Friends of the Dunwoody Library

by Nancy M

In these tough economic times we have the fortune of being able to turn to our local library for help. Libraries provide free internet access, computer classes, children’s programs, and of course, thousands of books, DVDs and more that can be borrowed for no cost at all. Unfortunately, many libraries across the country are losing vital funds to keep these services and programs afloat. One non-profit organization, The Friends of the Dunwoody Library, has been working tirelessly over the years to make sure that the Dunwoody Library remains a hub of the community, despite growing economic uncertainty. These volunteers’ efforts include sponsoring library programs, promoting literacy and organizing a major quarterly undertaking: the Dunwoody Library booksale.  Money generated from these booksales, which are comprised of a massive collection of community donations, has allowed for some major undertakings, namely the renovation of the Dunwoody Library this past summer. The Friends put an astounding $185,000 towards the remodeling of the branch, which included updating the children’s library and storytime room.

And their work has ensured that the Dunwoody Library can continue to provide relevant, educational and entertaining programs for community members of all ages. Each year the Friends generously give the Dunwoody Library between $55-60,000 for programs and materials that end up benefitting the entire DeKalb County Public Library System. Children’s programs, such as storytimes and the Book Bunch Book Club, and adult literacy programs would not exist without the support of the Friends.  Online databases, books, periodicals and reference materials are purchased with the help of the Friends as well. In fact, the Friends recently purchased content for a new audiobook database called Overdrive. It’s not available yet, but check back to the DCPL website in the coming months.

The Friends of the Dunwoody Library continue to succeed in keeping the library a center of the community through their hard work and commitment.  If you would like to help with their important work, you can stop by the Dunwoody Library and ask for a Friends of the Library membership form. If you don’t live in Dunwoody but would like to join your local Friends group, click here for more information.


bookmobile-lfplThe streets of Louisville, KY were inundated with a record 6.5 inches of water Tuesday morning after a massive storm rolled through the town, resulting in the flooding of numerous residences and businesses, including the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

According to library director Craig Buthod, up to 4 feet of water poured into the basement of the Main Library, damaging at least 10,000 books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs (the average cost per item was conservatively estimated at $20 apiece). Three Bookmobiles parked at the library were damaged by flooding, and water pressure blew out some basement windows. Additionally, conference and meeting rooms and offices in the basement and their furnishings were damaged, and all the library’s boilers, air-conditioning controls, chillers and air-handling equipment were waterlogged. Furthermore, all the computers at all the branches were rendered inoperative when flooding damaged the central computer unit and wiring in the Main Library’s basement, along with about 40 new computers awaiting delivery to another branch (valued at roughly $50,000).

Recovery from such a catastrophe would be slow and difficult under normal circumstances, but with the economy in recession and budgets being slashed at both the local and state levels, the process is likely to be even more drawn-out and painful than it otherwise would be. But you can help! If you would like to make a donation to the library to assist with the disaster relief, send a check to:

The Library Foundation
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

For those interested in more information, I’ve linked to an article from the Courier-Journal that you can check out. There is a photo gallery available there as well. In addition, I’ve found a few more images online that weren’t included in the Courier-Journal set, and I’ve provided links to those below.

Amphibious bookmobiles
“That’s my office back there”
What a mess

Author and historian Barbara Tuchman once said “Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.” Lets all chip in and get the doors of the main branch of the LFPL opened back up again!