The OneMacon steering committee welcomed representatives from Middle Georgia Regional Library System to speak about their community-driven mission to better the lives of residents of all ages in the Central Georgia area. Serving nearly 257,000 residents in six counties, the Regional Library System offers a variety of programs and resources that reinforce the spirit of the “OneMacon Way.”
One of the more popular education programs that the Library System has to offer is the Summer Reading Program. With the support of Georgia Farm Bureau and Macon Mayhem, the Summer Reading Program is a partnership with the Bibb County School District that aims to deliver a fully integrated summer reading program. Other educational programs include the “1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten” program, which encourages children to develop strong vocabulary and literacy skills before entering formal education. Additionally, story times at the library help cater to young toddlers and preschoolers by engaging them in the act of reading and learning. The Prime Time Family Reading Time program helps to foster a healthy environment for intergenerational learning in the home as well.
The Library System can offer more than educational programs for youth and teens. The Business Reference Librarian teaches a variety of classes to adult professionals on how to utilize databases, find grants, draft effective proposals, fund resources for non-profits, and budget efficiently. Business classes are offered to any individual who wishes to learn more about professional development. Through Library WOW (With Out Walls), the Library System is able to offer programing for senior living homes, as well. Library WOW has provided services that help teach general technology skills to individuals who otherwise would not be able to utilize such resources.
To learn more about Middle Georgia Regional Library System, visit http://www.bibblib.org/.