July 27, 2017

Karen Steed introduced Roni Tewksbury, Director of West Georgia Regional Library.  When most of us think about the public library, we think of card catalogues and musty smelling books.  This coupled with the invention of E-readers would make you think the library is obsolete.  According to Ms. Tewksbury, this is a false statement.  In fact, she says the library is as “busy as ever”.  Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is a lending network for over 280 libraries covering over 140 counties and services over 28 million residents a year.  Your PINES library card gives you access to most of the materials throughout this system, including E-books and magazines.  Each library branch offers activities for children and adults, such as story time and book clubs.  Residents of Georgia are using their PINES cards to receive free or discounted admissions to state parks, Zoo Atlanta and the Center for Puppetry Arts, among other things.  The library also provides computers with internet access and classes to assist with learning how to use a computer.  A goal of the library system is to be able to lend laptops to library card holders.
For more information regarding your local library, visit www.wgrl.net.