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SPECIAL FOCUS: COUNTIES SHINE more than 30 nominations from every corner of the state for the awards. "Each of our winners received multiple nominations, but the selection process was exceptionally tough, because all the nominees were deserving of recognition," said Wendy Cornelisen, assistant state librarian for library innovation and collaboration, who served as chair of the selection committee. "While Georgia libraries and librarians often win local and national recognition, we wanted to establish this awards program as a way of enabling the state to shine its own light on the achievements of our public librarians, libraries and champions," she said. "And by calling attention to their innovative and creative work, we hope to inspire others through their examples." due to its focus on innovative programming and collaboration with the local community. As part of the LaFayette-based Cherokee Regional Library System (CRLS), the Dade County Library has served as a state model on various GPLS pilot projects, including the implementation of Chromeboxes, the circulaMaking National Headlines tion of preloaded Kindles and the PRIME TIME In the announcement of its 2016 Best Small Preschool project, which targeted at-risk, Library in America award finalists, Library low-income families-most of them first-time Journal stated that the Dade County Library library users. stood out from a field of strong nominees Inventive programs also made positive impressions on the judging panel. These include the library's Innovation Station makerspace, its six Children's Discovery Centers for checkout to teachers and a loan program for outdoor games that includes co-sponsored regular programming in the park. Most notably, however, the judges were EMERGENCY MEDICAL inspired by the community's love of the Dade County Public Library. According to Branch SERVICE Manager Marshana Sharp, the library's funding reached rock bottom due to the financial devastation of a trio of tornadoes that swept through the county in April 2011-including one that split open the library's roof and damaged more than 27,000 volumes. The local community raised $52,777 to keep the library open in two temporary homes until local government funding could be restored. "The Dade County Library would not be Caring for our Community open today without the support and love of the local community, and we certainly t&NFSHFODZ%JBM would never have received this award without them," said Lecia Eubanks, library director for CRLS. "The extent to which the 781710_Gold.indd 1 12/3/15 8:33 PM library is used, the number of new patrons who come in each year, and the financial support of its funding agencies and patrons all made the Dade County Library stand out as one of the top three best small libraries in America." In addition to the $10,000 cash award to fund its continued excellence, the library received conference costs for two representatives to attend and be recognized at the Public Library Association's 2016 annual conference that was held in early April in Denver. The library and its staff celebrated their national recognition by hosting a community reception sharing the honor with all of its supporters and friends. ■ EMS ACADEMY NOW ENROLLING FOR EMT-B and AEMT Classes www.goldcrossems.com To learn more about the Georgia Public Library Service visit georgialibraries.org. 30 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT 683148_THC.indd 1 2/27/14 2:15 AM http://www.goldcrossems.com http://www.goldcrossems.com http://www.thcinc.net http://www.thcinc.net http://www.georgialibraries.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 - 7
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 - 12
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 19
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
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 23
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Public Libraries Shine
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 31
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 36
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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