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    It’s a little known fact that the Daviess County Public Library….

    By: Christy V. Temple

    My blog for the end of February is going to be a little different this time. Instead of waxing poetic and writing lots of nice long sentences about the library in a paragraph format, I am going to take a cue from the former David Letterman show and prepare a list of some of the things that the Daviess County Public Library has done over the years or is currently doing. This list will encompass programs, daily services we offer, history, etc. in a way that may surprise you.

    • In 1912 was established as a Carnegie Free Public Library at the corner of Ninth and Frederica streets.
    • In 1995 the Daviess County Public Library Taxing District was formed and the library was renamed the Daviess County Public Library.
    • The current building was erected in 2007 and by this summer of 2016 it will be 8 years old already. Wow, how time flies!
    • The library subscribes to at least 33 different databases. You can do a little bit of everything with these too. From searching for newspaper articles to family history research to downloading and printing out legal forms and reading a plethora of ebooks on your digital device, just to name a few. Almost all of these but a few can be used from the comfort of your own home as long as you have a library card in good standing with us.
    • 7 hard copy magazines can be checked out for a week at a time as long as they are back issues and have already been barcoded with your library card. Patrons can also check out magazines via our Zinio database as well and read them on their device anytime.
    • Multiple book and video displays on both floors that are changed on a bi-monthly or monthly basis.
    • P4A Antiques reference database: searchable database with multiple categories where you can find out what an item sold for online through a variety of auction houses.
    • Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, ebooks, and more 24/7 with your library card via the Hoopla database.
    • You can donate used books, videos, DVDs, magazines, encyclopedias, audiobooks, etc. to the library. If it’s a small amount you may bring to the Information desk. If you have a large amount, please pull to the Ford Avenue side of the building inside the dumpster area and ring the buzzer and someone will come out to help you.
    • If you are a resident of Owensboro/Daviess County, live here permanently and have a regular adult library card for ages 18 and over, you can check out a laptop from our kiosk and use it inside the building for up to 3 hours per day. You may also print from these pcs as well.
    • You can call the library any time we are open and request that we pull an item and we will place it on the holds shelf for you for up to 3 days.
    • Interlibrary Loan service: We offer the public the chance to check out books that our library doesn’t own by using this program as long as the item has been out in publication at least a year. Just go to our website’s home page and towards the bottom click on the Interlibrary loan form link. For further information about this process, please contact the Information desk at 270-684-0211 Ext. 4.
    • We also offer a Suggestion for Purchase program which primarily focuses on purchasing those books that are brand new or perhaps only a few years old that we do not have in our collection. This form is also on the bottom of the library’s website:
    • The library has done an amazing number of programs over the past 3 to 4 years and here are just a few of those by name:
    1. Unscripted movies
    2. Bicentennial programs
    3. Summer Reading program
    4. Jewelry making program
    5. 2nd Annual DCPL Music fair
    6. Education fairs
    7. Drop-in crafts for both children and adults
    8. Teen Zone (weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
    9. 2020 book club, Daytime book club, LGBT book club and BYOBook club
    10. Self-published authors events, writer’s groups, and a new platform for book publishing through Library Journal and Self-E.
    11. Law Day at the Library held several times per year for those seeking legal advice.
    12. Voices of Elmwood

    As you can see, the Daviess County Public Library offers a lot of different services and different types of programs for our numerous users. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are many more programs that we have had a hand in over the past several years and just too many to list by memory.

    Now, the next time someone asks you about the library and what it has to offer you can give them an idea. While you are at it, if you are a library user and love what we have done for you, why not post it online to let the world know. Right now we are in the midst of a Libraries Transform campaign through ALA and we would love to hear how our library has helped you out. So, if you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube video channel, etc. and let everyone know what the library means to you! #LibrariesTransform.

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