Public library adds new equipment, programs

Published 9:54 am Monday, May 7, 2012

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

New computers, a Facebook page, online access and the upcoming summer reading program are among the reasons for excitement around the Hayneville/Lowndes Public Library.

Acting Librarian Angela Wheeler said the library has seven new flat-screen Apple computers that allow patrons to access the Internet for job searches and resume writing.

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Also, the library was recently notified it would be receiving a $1,400 grant from the Libri Foundation for the purchase of children’s books, she said.

The library is also on Facebook now, according to Wheeler.

“Patrons can like our page to get up-to-date events that are scheduled. We also list new arrivals and take book requests if we do not have them,” Wheeler said. “We also have easy access on line where people can reserve and renew books on line at Our hours, policies, rules, and calendar dates are all mentioned online.”

She said new book titles will be available for the library’s summer reading program on June 5th “Dream Big, Read!”

According to Wheeler, volunteer Wendy Sherker with help from Melinda Laymon will again be heading up this program, which drew over 65 children a week last year.

She said children ages 3 to 12 would be able to participate in fun-filled activities with prizes awarded at the end of the program for those children who read a required amount of books.

More information will be handed out to local school in the upcoming weeks about signing up for this free program, she said.

“Citizens are encouraged by the library staff to stop by and check out all services that are available,” Wheeler said.

The library is open Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

State Representative David Colston of House District 69 recently stopped by the public library in Hayneville to find out any way that he could help and was impressed to learn about the many improvements made to the library and the services it provides the citizens of Lowndes County,

“I think the library staff is doing a great job. And I would like to the community to get more involved and use the library more,” Colston said. “I was very impressed with it.”

Colston said he has made contributions to the Lowndes/Hayneville, Fort Deposit and Mosses libraries. He represents Lowndes, Wilcox, parts of Dallas and Autauga counties.