Jackson Co. Library Participates in International Initiative to Promote Attending Libraries

Jackson County Library Participates in International Initiative to Promote Attending Libraries
Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 14:31:16-04

MARIANNA, Fl. (WTXL) -- A local library took part in an international initiative earlier this week, meant to connect residents with their local libraries. The Jackson County Public Library in Marianna is one of only 13 participating statewide.

Up until September 19th, the libraries are focusing on re-introducing themselves to the community through activities, events, and informational campaigns. The initiative, called "Outside the Lines", is meant to show residents all that the libraries have to offer.

Amy Johnson, with the Florida Division of Library and Information Services, says that the initiative gives a look at new and different opportunities that libraries are showcasing. "One of the things that I find is that people don't understand all the different services that libraries do provide to citizens", said Johnson, "We have e-books, streaming media, streaming audio with music, as well as, of course, books."

In Jackson county, workers of the public library say they are excited to be part of the initiative. "I think that's really important, especially for this new generation of children", said Susanna Gaston, Assistant Director of the library. "They were born into technology so they think google is the answer to everything and it's not necessarily. And we want to make ourselves available to them and to everyone in the community to let them know that we're here for them and we're here to serve them,

"Outside the Lines" also falls during the "National Library Sign-up" month. All throughout September, the American Library Association and libraries across the country are celebrating the resources libraries make available to the community.