February 26, 2014

Dr. Seuss Day Saturday

Kristin FinneyThe Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Theodor Geisel, known to many as Dr. Seuss, is perhaps one of the greatest children’s authors of all time. In honor of what would have been his 110th birthday, the South Georgia Regional Library will once again host their annual Dr. Seuss Day on Saturday, March 1.

Children of all ages will be able to listen to some of Dr. Seuss’ most famous stories, compete in a Seuss-theme costume contest, bounce in a bounce house and enjoy snacks, all free of charge during the event.

“I would like to say that recognizing Dr. Seuss’ (Theodor Seuss Geisel) birthday, March 2, which the South Georgia Regional Library is celebrating on Saturday, March 1, acknowledges an important American writer and illustrator of children’s literature. He was a writer, poet, and cartoonist, but was best known for his children’s books. What makes Dr. Seuss’ works so important and why his books continue to be so popular among all ages is that they bring up complex social ideas that parents may not otherwise know how to talk about,” said SGRL Director, Kelly Lenz.

Seuss’ words have also touched the heart of Lenz, “My favorite Dr. Seuss book is the last one published in 1990 before his death, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ I most enjoy the quote: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go. . .’ Please join us at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Library’s front lawn on Saturday as we celebrate the life and works of this beloved children’s author.”

More info:

Dr. Seuss Day

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Public Library located at 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive in Valdosta.

The Dr. Seuss Day event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit sgrl.org or call 229-333-0086.

Income Tax Information
Libraries will not be receiving State tax booklets this year.  For tax payers convenience, tax booklets
and forms are available as follows:

GA DOR Forms
-Email a request to:
-Customer Service

Federal Forms
-IRS website
-Customer Service

Community Resources

Free Tax Help Resources 
1. Senior Citizens Center
1360 E. Park Avenue
Every Tuesday from 9-4, starting Feb. 4th
Age 50 and over, only
Call for appointment: 259-5469

2. Trinity Presbyterian Church
3501 Bemiss Rd./North Oak St. Ext.
Thursdays, 9-4, starting  Feb. 6th

3. IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
For individuals who make $50,000 and less
Call 1-888-227-7669 for locations and times.

Crafters of the Round Table

Calling all...painters, model makers, beaders, knitters, tatters, loomers, leather punchers, quilters, scrapbookers or any other type of craft you do, if you are interested in sharing your craft with others, please come join the Crafters of the Round Table on January 18, 2014 @ 2pm in the Folsom Room at the Main library branch located at 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive.

You are responsible for bringing any supplies needed including drop cloths, tape, glue, scissors, needles, whatever your craft may require.  This club is meant to inspire others to branch out to other crafts and enjoy teaching others.  If enough interest is shown, Crafters of the Round Table will hold a gathering every month on the 3rd Saturday.

For more information, please contact Debbie Altobello @ 333-0086 x230 or by email daltobello@sgrl.org

Powerful New Service Available to All Georgia Residents

The Georgia Public Library Service is proud to offer the LearningExpress Library and its Job & Career Accelerator to all Georgia residents. The new service is made available through every public library in the state and allows library patrons to take practice tests and receive feedback on elementary through secondary education. Tests include but are not limited to:

GED, SAT, ACT, Praxis, English as a Foreign Language, LSAT and GRE
Vocational tests for Plumbing, Electrical, Firefighting, Nursing, Civil Service, CDL & ASVAB
Workplace improvement skills such as Interviewing, Writing Resumes, & Business Writing
The U.S. Citizenship test

These services are free of charge to every state of Georgia library patron.

The Learning Express Library website may be found by clicking this sentence which is a link to the site.

New Reference Page on Facebook

Please check out our new Reference centric page on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/sgrlreference

New Events Calendar

Please go to our Events page for the new calendar or click here.

Overdrive now works with your Kindle!

How to Download eBooks to the Kindle
and Android-Based Kindle Readers

To checkout and download you need…

  • A valid library card and a PINES password (see reference staff to get one)
  • Internet access
  • A computer and Kindle device
  • A free Amazon Kindle account
  • Wi-Fi access for your Kindle. OverDrive does not support Amazon’s 3g Whispersync network.
  • Note: Some publishers may require you to download e-Books to your PC and then transfer them to your Kindle by connecting both devices using a USB cable. Consult the OverDrive or Amazon Websites for details
  • The newer Kindle Fire and Fire HD are based on Android, so you can search for eBooks from your device’s browser, install and use  OverDrive Media Console (OMC)  for Android,  which will enable you to download eBooks on the device, as well as MP3 audiobooks from your library.
  • If you choose to download Adobe formatted eBooks, you must have Overdrive Media Console installed on your Kindle Fire, and you must register with Adobe for a free account (https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html).

Step 1: Go to http://gadd.lib.overdrive.com  or go to www.google.com and search for “Georgia download destination.”


Step 2: Sign in with your library card number and password, and choose your library system.
            If you don’t have a password, stop by the reference desk, and we’ll assign you one.


Step 3: You can browse featured titles and genres  by clicking on their links, or you can choose the Advanced Search link at the top to key in specific searches.


Step 4: Either click the ribbon labeled Add to Wishlist to borrow later, or click the Borrow button to check it out now. NOTE: This eBook is downloadable only by connecting your Kindle to your computer’s USB port (see end of handout for USB instructions):


Step 5: After you click the Borrow button, you’ll then choose to download the title in the Kindle format and log into your Amazon account.



Step 6: If the title is available wirelessly, the eBook will then be sent to your Kindle to enjoy, or you’ll connect your Kindle to your PC via the USB cable to download the title.

*NOTE: To download eBooks wirelessly, your Kindle must be connected to a wi-fi source, because Overdrive does not support the Kindle’s 3g service.

 Popular Questions and Answers:

How Can I Return Kindle Books Early?
To return a Kindle Book early, go to the Manage Your Kindle Webpage in your Amazon account, click on the Actions button, and choose Return Book.

How Can I Specify the Length of My Lending Periods?
Click on the Account link at the top of the page and choose Settings. You can then specify 7 or 14 day checkout periods:


How can I view what eBooks I have checked out, on hold, or in my Wish List?
Click on the Account link and choose the appropriate link:


Some Publishers Require that Titles Be Transferred from a PC to a Kindle Device Using a USB Cable
Both Macintosh and Windows users can download and transfer content from a computer to a Kindle device through a USB cable. When your Kindle device is plugged into your computer, it will appear as a removable mass-storage device. After the Kindle book is downloaded to your computer, find the book and drag its icon to the Documents folder on your Kindle (Accessible via the My Computer icon on your PC’s desktop).

Downloading Content From Your Kindle Library to Your Device

  • If you have already checked out the book on your PC, try to first send the eBook to your Kindle via the wireless network by going to Manage Your Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/myk), locating the title from the “All Items” section, and choosing the “Deliver to my…” device selection:

Screenshot of download and transfer via USB options in Manage Your Kindle

  • If the title can only be transferred to your Kindle via the USB cable, connect your Kindle via USB, visit Manage Your Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/myk) on your PC, and locate the item you want to download from the "All Items" section. Then choose the “Download & Transfer via USB” selection.

When your Kindle device is plugged into your computer, it will appear as a removable mass-storage device. After the Kindle book is downloaded to your computer, find the book and drag its icon to the Documents folder on your Kindle (Accessible via the My Computer icon on your PC’s desktop).

Content downloaded from the Kindle Store can be transferred  to your Kindle, or Kindle compatible device, as long as you've registered the device to the Amazon account that purchased the Kindle content. There is no limit on the number of times a title can be downloaded to a registered device, but there may be limits on the number of devices (usually 6) that can simultaneously use a single book.


Next time you check a book out from the library it may be on an e-reader.  Thanks to a partnership with Georgia Download Destination, the South Georgia Regional Library is proud to announce its newest service: downloadable ebooks. 

Library users now have anytime, anywhere access to a dynamic collection of digital ebooks. 
Patrons of participating libraries can log onto the digital library website, install free software, and check out up to five titles at a time using a valid library card.  Once checked out, ebooks can be downloaded to the patron’s PC or transferred to a supported e-reader.  At the end of the loan period ebooks automatically expire and return to the collection, getting rid of late fees.

“We are looking for new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our community and ebooks are just the first step towards a more future focused library,” said Kelly Lenz, Director of the South Georgia Regional Library system.   

Ebooks offer many benefits to reads that traditional text can not and, with the increasing popularity of the technology, was a natural progression for the library.

“Ebooks are portable, save trees, and are one size fits all.  With ebooks, it's almost like the book was written for you.  You can change the letter size and the font type so that the reading experience is just as enjoyable as the story,” Systems Administrator, Sean Strickland said.

Traditionalist need not worry about the future of paper books.  Ebooks are just a way to supplement what the library already has. “We value having a deep and rich physical collection,” Lenz said, “our digital offerings are just icing on the cake.”

Currently, library users have access to over 800 ebooks with the collection growing daily.  The digital selections represent a wide range of genres including nonfiction, romance, science fiction, graphic novels and much more. 

For more information on OverDrive please visit Georgia Download Destination online

Getting Overdrive to work with your Iphone/Ipad.

This information is provided as-is with no support or acceptance of responsibility on behalf of South Georgia Regional Library. The full article should be read at Iphone / Ipad with Overdrive.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • An iPhone or an iPad
  • The latest version of the free Bluefire app
  • An Adobe ID used to authorize the Bluefire app (Note: you just need the ID; you don’t need Adobe Digital Editions for this to work)
  • A library card at a library that offers OverDrive ebooks (try looking at the Sony/OverDrive Library Finder to get started)
  • An email account accessible on your mobile device (as noted in the comments, you’ll have to use the native mail app on your device, not a Gmail or other app)
Want more information on Overdrive?

SGRL is proud to be a participating library system in a state project promoting the use of downloadable digital material. This service is not maintained by South Georgia Regional Library and it is very important that you read the information we have posted on the service in it's entirety here.

Need to Schedule a Meeting at Main?
The meeting room forms for 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive are now available online. You must print out and fax the completed form to 229-333-0364. Please note the changed policy for meeting room scheduling. The forms are in PDF.

Meeting Room Reservations and Scheduling

Meeting Room Policy, Guidelines and Procedures

Meeting Room Request Form

Free Park Passes Available at the Library

Your library card is a passport to adventure thanks to a partnership between Georgia’s public libraries and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.  A valid PINES library card allows any patron to borrow a Georgia State Park “ParkPass” and Historic Site pass from their local libraries. The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 parks and historic sites statewide.

Anyone who holds a valid library card from the South Georgia Regional Library system can check out a ParkPass folder for up to seven days. Folders include an annual ParkPass that exempts visitors from paying the daily parking fee at any Georgia state park, an annual Historic Site pass good for free admission for one visitor to any of Georgia’s 18 state historic sites. It also includes a copy of the “Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” featuring descriptions, photos, directions and a map of all 63 state parks and historic sites.

Now in it’s second year, the GO Georgia campaign challenges Georgians especially families and children, to participate in family-friendly, nature-based, healthy outdoor recreation in the beautiful, secure surroundings of Georgia’s state parks. The state’s Get Outdoors Georgia web site, www.GetOutdoorsGeorgia.org, offers state residents information, activities, and more for families and individuals.

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites encompasses 63 properties that preserve the state's diverse environment and history. Included are 45 state parks, three state historic parks and 15 historic sites, stretching from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colonial Coast. Together, the sites offer an exceptional variety of resources, including mountains, canyons, forests, fields, marshes, waterfalls, lakes, swamps, rivers, battlefields, historic homes and Native American artifacts.

Among the park system’s most popular attractions are Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville, Reed Bingham State Park in Adel, Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls and Unicoi State Park in Helen.

Because of the expected popularity of the ParkPass loaner program, families interested in borrowing a ParkPass from their local public libraries are advised to plan early, as supplies of the ParkPass and related folders are limited. To see a list of parks and historic sites covered by the passes, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org. For more information about GO Georgia visit www.GetOutdoorsGeorgia.org.


SGRL also has a wiki website maintained by our reference librarian Eric Mathis. The wiki contains information and links for interesting subjects and may feature pictures, maps, and event information. The wiki is accessed via http://sgrl.pbwiki.com/ Enjoy!!!


Like all big dreams, a public library in Lowndes County began as a small hope in the hearts of a handful of individuals.  According to history, this group of visionaries, calling themselves a library association, formed in 1876.  Early champions were the Columbine Club, a local ladies group, who purchased $40 worth of books, housing the collection in a room in City Hall.  Lovingly staffed by volunteers, this first library would soon relocate to a room at the Wymodausis Club, then on to the Corbett Building on Central Avenue, before its return to City Hall.  This winding journey would last nearly forty years.  Finally, in 1912, the same year the R.M.S. Titanic’s maiden journey across the Atlantic would make headlines, the journey toward a permanent public library location would also end, though its demise would be anything but tragic.  A corner piece of property at Central Avenue and Briggs Street in Valdosta was the reward, purchased for $3,750, upon which would be erected the Carnegie Library, named for the Carnegie Foundation, a contributor.  Librarian Margaret Jemison opened the newly finished $18,000 library for the first time in 1914.

Today, our system includes six libraries based in Lowndes, Echols and Lanier counties and offers a collection of more than 200,000 books and other media, high-speed internet access and other computer services, weekly children's programs, special classes and events.

We invite you to apply for a library card and enjoy all the privileges, services and programs we offer.
Membership is free to Georgia residents and open to all ages.

Pines Logo

The South Georgia Regional Libraries are part of the PINES Library System. One of the major benefits of PINES is the dramatically increased access to combined library collections, statewide. PINES enables its users to enjoy the benefits of a shared collection of 8 million books and materials from over 250 libraries, that can be delivered to their home libraries at no charge.

PINES customers have the flexibility to use any or all of the participating libraries as if their home library. Customers can return materials to any PINES library, from the mountains of Georgia to the coast, but customers don't have to travel to other libraries to get access to materials in those collections. Customers can simply use the online system to request that materials be delivered to their local library, at no cost to the customer. PINES ships many materials between libraries.

To get a library card visit any of our libraries or print the online application.

Already a member? Learn about your rights and responsibilities.

Website Information
Editting and content by system administrator - Sean Strickland.
Historical information provided by library manager - Janet Register.



Last Updated on 02/27/14