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"We couldn't be more happy than for our system to be named Library of the Year," said Director Claire Leavy. "This is an amazing honor for our employees, for our library board and for our community. It proves that the support we receive from our local governments and elected officials, school system and Economic Development Authority is paying off, positioning Lee County addresses to be among the most sought after in the state." Recognized for their outstanding service and efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of their residents, the Lee County Library staff helped their local media center become the inaugural Georgia Public Library of the Year award. Photo credit Georgia Public Library Service. "We're so pleased to be able to recognize the work of those who help make our libraries exceptional," said State Librarian Julie Walker. The Public Library of the Year award is presented to the library whose staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves. Walker presented the award to the library at a Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting in Leesburg. Public Librarian of the Year Georgia's 2015 Public Librarian of the Year is Steve W. Schaefer, who retired last year from his position as director of the Madisonbased Uncle Remus Regional Library System. The award recognizes a full-time and professionally licensed public librarian whose innovative and creative talents are instrumental in the delivery of outstanding library service to their library and the communities it serves. Schaefer received the award during a ceremony at the Morgan County Library. "I am very honored and touched by this award, especially since I am the first to receive it. I am certain that there are many who deserved the award more than I, but I love it all the same," said Schaefer. "Advocating for public libraries is no job for cowards or the demure. I have made friends and enemies during my career, but I am equally grateful to both since they made me all the more dedicated to a relentless crusade to provide quality public From left: Georgia first lady Sandra Deal, Public Library of the Year Director Claire Leavy of Lee County, Public Librarian of the Year Steve W. Schaefer, Public Library Champion of the Year Kathryn Ash and State Librarian Julie Walker. Photo credit Georgia Public Library Service. library service to each and every resident of Georgia." Public Library Champion of the Year Georgia's 2015 Public Library Champion of the Year is Kathryn Ash, current president of the advocacy group Friends of Georgia Libraries and a trustee of the Jefferson-based Piedmont Regional Library System (PRLS). Presented to an outstanding advocate who was not employed in any capacity by a public library but whose support significantly raised the profile of libraries and improved services during the year, the award was presented to Ash during a ceremony at PRLS's Winder branch library. "To be chosen to receive this award is an immense honor-and hugely humbling, considering that Georgia's public libraries are championed by so many dedicated library supporters," Ash said. All award winners were also recognized at a special ceremony at the Capitol during Georgia Council for Public Libraries' Public Library Day. Each awardee received a commendation from Gov. Nathan Deal that was presented by first lady Sandra Deal and a sponsoring member of the General Assembly from the winners' respective districts. Nominations for the three GPLS-sponsored awards were submitted from public library directors, members of recognized Friends groups and GPLS staff members. Collectively, GPLS received The Dade County Library made national headlines when it was named a finalist for the 2016 Best Small Library in America by the Library Journal. The library stood out from other nominees due to its focus on innovative programming and collaboration with the local community. Photo courtesy of Holt Webb. SUMMER 2016 www.accg.org 29 http://www.accg.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia Public Libraries Shine
Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Director’s Desk
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Making Strides for Healthy Communities
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Public Libraries Shine
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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