WTXL Road Trip: The Library People Travel Across Georgia to Visit

Roddenbery Memorial Library
Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-23 14:55:27-04

CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) - When it first opened in 1939, the Cairo Public Library was located in City Hall.

In 1964, it moved to a building donated by the Roddenbery family. The library is now known as the Roddenbery Memorial Library building, and has a few special features that make it different than any other library in the area.

The library is rumored to hold the record for the largest number of books per capita in the entire state.

It also contains one of the largest children's libraries in South Georgia, offering several free learning programs. One of those programs includes a bi-lingual reading class that allows students to better prepare for the school year ahead.

Another unique feature about the library is its outdoor garden reading area. Patrons are able to check out books and then take them outside to read.

The library has won the John Cotton Dana award twice since it opened. That award recognizes libraries across the country for strategic communications campaigns.