By Jayne Midura
Board Trustee and Treasurer of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library
I am writing as a Trustee of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library who has proudly served on the Library Board for 5 years. Our library is a branch of the Flint River Regional Library System of the State of Georgia. Citizens of Pike County chartered it and built it in the early 1980s, so it has been a part of our community for three and a half decades now. Our library is more than just a repository for books - we certainly have a wide selection of children, youth, adult fiction, non-fiction and periodical literature. However, it is also a place in our community for people to come - people who are seeking employment in the still-lingering effect of The Great Recession and who have to file applications and resumes online; home-school groups who make the library a regular “field trip” as a place to meet to discuss curriculum and provide socialization; older folks who are having to navigate for the first time in their lives the technological world as they learn to file many required state and federal forms (IRS, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid) using a computer and the internet; those who work from home who stop by to use our free wifi to conduct business; young children who attend our year-round children’s programs that enhance literacy and learning through structured activities and by using our new AWE computers; our Summer Reading Program which has grown from serving just one segment of children with a few programs and attended by 93 children in 2012 to serving very young children, older children, teens and adults with 8 weeks of non-stop action and attended by 450 kids in 2014 (and with 235 kids signed up to date, it is slated to eclipse 2014’s record attendance by the end of the Summer Reading Program on August 1, 2015). The aforementioned are just a fraction of the services offered at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library.
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