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Last Wednesday the Georgia Council of Public Libraries hosted the annual ‘Public Library Day at the Capitol’ to discuss funding and budget issues with state lawmakers. Glynn County Representative Alex Atwood (center) and Senator William Ligon (second from right) attended and met with representatives from the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL). Making the one-day trip to Atlanta were: Brunswick Library Manager Lori Hull (left to right), MOGL Board of Trustees chairman Jane Lafferty and MOGL Director Geri Lynn Mullis. Photo courtesy of MOGL
State Library Council seeks reinstatement of funding for materials
By Matthew J. Permar

For many years, the Georgia Council of Public Libraries (GCPL) and its member libraries have made a one-day trip to Atlanta to discuss budget and funding issues with state lawmakers.
At some point, Steve W. Schaefer, who recently retired from his position as director of the Uncle Remus Regional Library System in Madison, Georgia, came up with the idea of serving Varsity® hot dogs to state lawmakers on library day as an incentive to come to the meeting.
And while it is still officially referred to ‘Public Library Day at the Capitol,’ most library staffers call it ‘Hot Dog Day.’
Hot Dog Day was Wednesday, January 27 and three people from the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL) attended, the chairman of the MOGL Board of Trustees Jane Lafferty, MOGL Director Geri Lynn Mullis and Brunswick Library Manager Lori Hull.
They met with Senator William Ligon and Representative Alex Atwood to advocate for library funding in the upcoming budget year.
MOGL has applied for a $2 million construction grant to pay for a portion of the proposed renovation of the Brunswick Library.
But the three also advocated on behalf of the entire state library system.
Specifically, the GCPL was asking the general assembly to reinstate funding for 'library materials.
According to the GCPL, public libraries in Georgia have not received state funds for library materials in seven years.
In a letter to Governor Nathan Deal, GCPL president James Bass said, “In past years, libraries have received a per capita grant for materials allocated by the state. We would like to propose that such a grant could be included in this year’s state budget, to be known as the Sandra Deal Library Book Grant. Libraries across the state would be so pleased to honor Mrs. Deal’s commitment to education and young readers in this manner.”
The GCPL is asking for a $1 per capita in grant funding.
The materials grant is needed because for many libraries it is the only source of material funds. Also, libraries continue to be ‘community hubs’ and need to stay current not only with books, but with technology.
130 library staffers and trustees from 33 of the state’s 63 library systems attended Hot Dog Day. 

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Goodyear teacher speaks out to BOE
By Pamela Permar-Shierling

Angela Holland, a Goodyear Elementary school teacher addressed the Glynn County Board of Education at their Jan. 26 meeting.
She addressed board members  reactions and comments to the low Georgia Milestones scores.
“After viewing your previous Board of Education meeting, I learned I have been placed under an umbrella: a teacher at one of the lowest performing schools in Glynn County,” Ms. Holland said.

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By Pamela Permar-Shierling

The 2016 and 2017 school year calendars were presented to the Glynn County Board of Education last week for approval and there were questions from board members.
The 2014 school year began on the first Thursday in August with 90 instructional days in the first semester and 90 instructional days in the second semester and no early dismissal days.
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