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					                                                                                            Oct/Nov/Dec 2010

           Director                  Columbus Public Library Dedicates State-of-the-Art
        Claudya Muller               Recording Studio to Benefit the Visually Impaired
   Chief Financial Officer           First of its kind in the State of Georgia
       Lyn Anderson
   Outreach Coordinator              The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and Country’s Barbecue dedicated a state-of-the-
      Suzanne Barnes                 art sound proof recording studio for the visually impaired on Monday, August 23,
  Marketing/Programming              2010 at the Columbus Public Library. The studio was purchased with funds from the
        Coordinator                  Midnight Express Run held every year by Country’s Barbecue in support of the blind
       Henry McCoy                   and visually impaired. “We are so excited about our partnership with the Library and
                                     the opportunity to take the lead in the state of Georgia on a project of this caliber
   Volunteer Coordinator
                                     and importance,” says Scott Ressmeyer, Race Chair. “This studio will be used to
         Jim Shehy
                                     record books, local periodicals and much more for the visually impaired in our
     Chattahoochee Valley            community.”
           Libraries                 National Library Service (NLS) specifications have been
       Board of Trustees             closely observed by Eckel Industries, the company who
     Abbie Dillard, Chair            custom designed the sound proof booth. The booth is
       Gary Griesheim                complete with special equipment and digital recording
         Jimmy Elder                 software designed for Network Libraries such as the
        Lisa Goodwin                 Chattahoochee Valley Libraries’ CLASS (Columbus Library
         Franklin Star               for Accessible Services) Program.
     Sivan Walker-Dixon
      Dorothy Kennedy                “Because the Library has been a center for personal and
                                     community development for over 50 years, and plays a
                                     critical role in providing unique services to the
                                     community, it was a natural fit to house the studio here,”
   Between the Lines is a            said Claudya Muller, Library Director. The recording studio will allow persons who
  quarterly publication of           are blind or visually impaired to have access to local history books and other Georgia-
    the Chattahoochee                specific materials which are now only available in print. Volunteers will be trained as
      Valley Libraries               reviewers, monitors and narrators to work as part of the “recording team” under the
     3000 Macon Road                 guidance of Library staff to produce audio books and other materials for the
 Columbus, Georgia 31906             Columbus community.
     Editor: Linda Hyles             If you would like more information about CLASS (Columbus Library for Accessible
       (706) 243-2673
                                     Services) and the Talking Books Program at the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries visit

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    A Message from the Director, Claudya Muller

                    The Value of Partnerships
                    The library’s 2010 – 2013 Strategic Plan has a goal which emphasizes increasing the library’s
                    partnerships with other organizations in the community. Even though our new strategic plan puts
                    emphasis on finding more partnerships than the library currently has, it is important to note that the
                    community is already benefitting greatly from the existing partnerships between the library and other
                    organizations. This column addresses partnerships with outside organizations and does not consider
                    the important relationship the library has with the Friends of Libraries and Library Foundation. These
                    relationships warrant their own article at a later date.

 The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley approached the library in May 2008 to ask about partnering to
 provide information to the community on accessing grants made available through foundations. The Community
 Foundation offered to support the training of a staff member and to create a Foundation Center for the library. Since
 that time, we have provided service and advice to grant seekers through six workshops and numerous one-on-one
 coaching sessions. Grant seekers do an average of 61 searches per month in the Foundation Center databases.

 In support of residents who are small business owners or who want to start a business, the Business Resource Center of
 the Pastoral Institute partnered with the library beginning in 2005 to provide a collection of business materials
 specifically for people seeking to expand their skills and develop their own businesses.

 The library is a Sub-regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. This means we are funded by the Federal
 Government to provide services to our residents who have physical challenges. As part of that service, we partner with
 the Department Labor/STAR Network to accept donations of various assistive devices such as wheelchairs, grab bars,
 walkers, etc. and then to make those available to be refurbished and provided to our citizens who are in need of such
 equipment. Also, in support of the library’s services for the disabled, we have a long-standing partnership with
 Country’s Barbecue and the West Georgia Eye Care Center. For a number of years, these two wonderful supporters
 have provided CCTV’s to be used in all of the libraries to help the visually impaired enlarge materials so that they can
 more easily be read. In August, Country’s Barbecue gave to the library, as a result of funds raised through the annual
 Midnight Express Run, a recording studio to be used for the visually impaired. Using volunteers, the library will be able
 to record material on demand for someone who cannot read the print. We will also be able to make this studio
 available to other organizations in the community who need to record things such as oral histories or recorded tours for
 the museums. The partnership with Country’s Barbecue and West Georgia Eye Care is very special and we greatly
 appreciate it.

 Since 2004, the library has partnered with the work study program for students at CSU. The students benefit by being
 paid to work at the library and, of course, the library benefits by having their energetic and new perspective in providing
 service to library customers. Since 2006, the library has partnered with the Columbus Artist Guild. In exchange for
 providing space for the annual show of the works of the members of the Artist Guild, the Artist Guild has annually given
 the library the work of a Columbus artist to be displayed permanently at the main library. This has provided varying and
 interesting enhancements to the décor of the library.

 These are a few of the existing partnerships. Future columns will highlight other partners. All of our partners are a vital
 part of delivering service to the community.

Coming 2011
Join us as we partner with a variety of governmental agencies, educational institutions, cultural
heritage organizations and other private groups to commemorate one of the most profound
defining events in American History – the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The Chattahoochee Valley Civil War Commemoration is sponsored by your Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, the Muscogee
County Library Foundation, the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and the Georgia Humanities Council.

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                         Friends Make A Difference
  National Friends of Libraries Week October 17-23, 2010
October is the month we celebrate and reflect upon the importance of library Friends’ Organizations, but every week
the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries (FOL) is an invaluable asset to the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (CVL), not
just in October but throughout the year. They continue to encourage and support library programming, facilities and

This year alone our Friends of Libraries will raise over $45,000 to support staff development, volunteer services and
library programming. With the Friends financial encouragement, the CVL has been able to collaborate with other
community partners to host award winning authors like Winston Groom, Jeff Shaara and Alice Randall in 2011. The
Friends assist with children’s programming which includes anything from author events, vacation reading programs,
holiday celebrations, refreshments and program supplies. They sponsor teen authors such as Neil Shusterman and
Ellen Hopkins, provide Manga club support, Wii games and accessories and young adult program supplies. The
Muscogee County Friends of Libraries fund film festivals, the Tea and Music series, our National Writing Month
initiative and national touring exhibits such as “Visions of the Universe.” The Friends have also helped purchase books,
furniture and other needed library necessities throughout Muscogee County.

How do the Friends of Libraries do it? With your help! They sell books at discount prices through two bi-annual book
sales; they operate a bookstore in the Columbus Public Library and have book carts in the other three Muscogee
County Library branches. They volunteer their time to work both sales and in the store; they offer FOL Memberships
with member benefits, they accept donations – both monetary and book donations. All this to help support their
cause; a cause needed in our community to help sustain and develop library services. The Chattahoochee Valley
Libraries celebrate our Friends of Libraries and we want our readers and our Friends to know how thankful we are for
everything they do, not only for one week in October but for all 52 weeks of the year! Thank you Muscogee County
Friends of Libraries!

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                                                                 September was National
                                                               Library Card Sign Up Month

                                                          Library Card Sign Up Month                   Get it. Use it.
                                                       The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries would like to congratulate
                                                       everyone who signed up and received the “smartest card” of all
                                                       during the month of September…a Library Card! We would also
                                                       like to congratulate the winners of the airline tickets donated by
                                                       our sponsor American Airlines/American Eagle. Finally, we
                                                       would like to thank all the businesses and restaurants who
                                                       offered free food and discounts to our Library Card holders just
                                                       for showing their Library Card. The promotion was a huge
                                                       success because of their support.

                                                                                                               Old Siam
                                                                                                              Authentic Thai

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                          Ringing Out Illiteracy in Cusseta-Chattahoochee
                     An inspired community-wide effort has resulted in an endearing symbol to honor and reward
                     academic success. The Literacy Bell, unveiled on August 3Oth, will be housed at the Cusseta-
                     Chattahoochee Public Library. Every time it is rung it will help announce to the community that a
                     child has read his or her first book.

Fashioned after a similar project at a public library in Paducah, Kentucky, the Literacy Bell
will be rung by kindergarten and first grade students when they read their first book.
After ringing the bell and attending a party in their honor, the students will receive
certificates and a special pin to acknowledge their achievement. In addition, the local
Chamber of Commerce will let the students ride on their float in the annual Christmas
Parade and will honor them at the community’s annual Christmas in the Park.

“Being that this is my community, the education of all our children is important to me,”
says Pamela Burgamy, Branch Manager at the Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library.
“Any encouragement that we can give them to achieve and receive the most from their
education is what we want to do.” To make this effort sustainable, the Library Board has
worked closely with school superintendent Dr. Jim Martin, elementary school principal
Mrs. Tabitha Walton and the kindergarten and first grade teachers to arrange monthly
visits for those students ready to ring out illiteracy.

Citizens from across the area helped fund and build the tower. The bell itself was
donated by Brenda Grant Johnson and her family. She did this to honor her mother and
father who, although lacking formal education themselves, encouraged and supported their children to read and learn.
Funds came from a grant from the Sumter Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), the Unified Government of Cusseta-
Chattahoochee County and a personal donation from Walter Miller. Construction, installation and landscaping were
provided by the Cusseta-Chattahoochee Chamber of Commerce, the Chattahoochee County Public Works office and
several individuals from the community.

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                                           For information on how you can join The Founders Society and
                                           support the Muscogee County Library Foundation, please call
                                           706-660-9702 or visit

   Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
           Columbus Public Library

        Mildred L. Terry Public Library

        North Columbus Public Library

        South Columbus Public Library

    Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library

           Lumpkin Public Library
            (Temporarily Closed)

        Marion County Public Library

        Parks Memorial Public Library
                                                Library Closings:
         Renewal Line 706-243-2717              November 24th (Libraries close at 6:00pm) & entire day November 25th
                                                December 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st

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