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Provide library services to traditionally underserved populations
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Ongoing
Expanded special needs programming to include opening the library an hour early once a month for patrons with special needs and their families and presenting a sensory storytime
October 2018
Began A Show of Hands: An American Sign Language Storytime series for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, children of deaf adults, and their families
September 2018
Hosted a Special Needs Resource Fair with representatives from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Creative Enterprises, Forsyth County Schools Special Needs Department, Aerie Experiences, North Georgia Equine in Motion, Girl Scouts, Understood.org, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, and Wonderfully Made Children books
September 2018
In partnership with Creative Enterprises, began offering regular programs to adults with special needs including adult storytimes, library instruction, and basic computer
August 2018
Won Great Stories Club Grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a program in which library workers lead reading and discussion groups with underserved teens
August 2018
Won PRIME TIME literacy grant designed specifically to reach underserved families with children ages 6-10 to help those families bond while discovering the joy of books and reading
July 2018
Began partnering with The Place to offer library services in conjunction with their mobile food pantry
Summer 2018
Offered weekly programs to children at The Place Summer Camp
May 2018
Provided onsite library card registrations for Spanish-speaking parents at Head Start facility and Brandywine Elementary
May 2018
Launched FCPL’s Pop•Up Library where visitors can register for library cards, browse library materials, get reference assistance and demonstrations of library resources, and participate in activities anywhere in the county
April 2018
Created the Books for Inmates Initiative, a partnership with Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates to provide paperback books to inmates of Forsyth County Jail
April 2018
Educated The Place’s Job Fair participants about library employment resources
March 2018
Expanded the FCPL collection to include Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, and Telugu language books
February 2018
Met with GED students at The Place to promote library services and library cards
December 2017
Partnered with Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Forsyth County Schools, and Literacy Forsyth to create Leap Into Literacy, which provides bilingual early literacy programming for new and expectant parents and children
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Expand awareness and outreach to both current and future library users
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Ongoing
Regularly use social media outlets to share library news, alert followers to new materials arriving at the library, answer questions and accept feedback, and build relationships with other social media users in Forsyth County and beyond
October 2018
Participated in Forsyth County's annual Trunk-or-Treat event to connect with patrons of all ages and promote library programs
October 2018
Attended Mentor Me North Georgia's Kick it Up clubs in 14 middle and high schools to educate students about note-taking, study skills, and library resources
October 2018
Created a visual story on The Scarecrow Trail at Warbington Farms featuring a retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, offering parents and caregivers tips from the library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program
September 2018
Pop•Up Library appeared at Bethelview and Fowler Park Greenway Trailheads to promote Library Card Sign-Up Month
August 2018
Kicked off monthly outreach programs to several preschools, elementary and middle schools, and aftercare programs
August 2018
Attended multiple community outreach events including FoCo Expo, City Market and Street Fair, and curriculum nights at Forsyth County Schools
Summer 2018
Presented programs at local summer camps, including at The Place, the YMCA, and Cumming First United Methodist Church
June 2018
Launched twice-monthly visits of Pop•Up Library at The Place of Forsyth County's Marketplace Food Pantry to register new patrons for library cards, offer reference assistance, and share information about library programs and services
June 2018
Launched FCPL’s Unreadable podcast to discuss library services using a trendy method
May 2018
Launched FCPL’s Pop•Up Library where visitors can register for library cards, browse library materials, get reference assistance and demonstrations of library resources, and participate in activities anywhere in the county
April 2018
Created the Books for Inmates Initiative, a partnership with Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates to provide paperback books to inmates of Forsyth County Jail
April 2018
Educated The Place’s Job Fair participants about library employment resources
April 2018
Participated in Forsyth County YMCA Healthy Kids Day Festival to acquaint attendees with free educational resources and programming at the library
April 2018
Prioritized our commitment to community outreach services by hiring an Outreach Manager
March 2018
Participated in BEECH Bazaar Homeschool EXPO to acquaint homeschool parents about free educational resources and programming at the library
March 2018
Partnered with Forsyth County Schools, The Humane Society of Forsyth County, and Makerspace Forsyth to present Forsyth Reads Together Celebration at Forsyth Central High School
February 2018
Met with GED students at The Place to promote library services and library cards
August 2017
Partnered with Forsyth County Schools in an effort to provide library cards to new and returning students through the student registration process
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Develop partnerships to maximize efforts to serve the entire community
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Ongoing
Partner with Otwell Middle School's ESOL department to offer on-site library programs and resources to teens
October 2018
Attended Mentor Me North Georgia's Kick it Up clubs in 14 middle and high schools to educate students about note-taking, study skills, and library resources
October 2018
Presented a bilingual program at a Spanish Circle meeting at Otwell Middle School to introduce Spanish-speaking families to library resources
September 2018
Staff participated in county-wide Day of Giving with the United Way of Forsyth County
September 2018
Attended Special Education Summit sponsored by Forsyth County Schools to promote library resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs
August 2018
Began monthly book discussion groups at Chestatee Elementary
August 2018
Resumed partnership with North Forsyth Middle School and Silver City Elementary to enhance Digital Citizenship lessons at school
July 2018
Began partnering with The Place to offer library services in conjunction with their mobile food pantry
Summer 2018
Partnered with popular local fishing guide Ken Sturdivant and Hammond’s Fishing Center to bring eight informative workshops to all branches
Summer 2018
Developed a partnership with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation to provide free preview classes
May 2018
Partnered with the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association to host a workshop on HAM radio operation and licensing
May 2018
Developed relationships with local businesses to provide summer reading prizes
April 2018
Created the Books for Inmates Initiative, a partnership with Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates to provide paperback books to inmates of Forsyth County Jail
Spring 2018
Partnered with University of North Georgia and Savannah College of Art and Design to produce a Royal Wedding series in anticipation of the wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle
November 2017
Began partnership with Forsyth County Senior Services Department providing inclusive programs at Senior Centers
August 2017
FCPL staff appointed to The Place Board of Directors
August 2017
Partnered with Forsyth County Schools in an effort to provide library cards to new and returning students through the student registration process
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Commit to reflecting Forsyth County's growing diversity through library programs, materials in the library's collection, and initiatives to increase diversity of staff representation
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Ongoing
Offer expanded special needs programming that includes opening the library an hour early once a month for patrons with special needs and their families and presenting a sensory storytime
October 2018
Presented a bilingual program at a Spanish Circle meeting at Otwell Middle School to introduce Spanish-speaking families to library resources
October 2018
In partnership with University of North Georgia, presented Calligraphy You Can Read, a program that introduced the basics of Chinese and Japanese scripts
October2018
Began A Show of Hands: An American Sign Language Storytime series for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, children of deaf adults, and their families
September 201
Hosted a Special Needs Resource Fair with representatives from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Creative Enterprises, Forsyth County Schools Special Needs Department, Aerie Experiences, North Georgia Equine in Motion, Girl Scouts, Understood.org, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, and Wonderfully Made Children books
August 2018
Partnered with University of North Georgia to present a series for adults on Religions of the World, offering an academic view of the basic principles and history of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Hinduism
May 2018
Improved website accessibility to vision impaired patrons as the result of staff attending the 2018 Georgia Accessibility Conference
March 2018
Expanded the FCPL collection to include Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, and Telugu language books
February 2018
Commemorated National Black History Month system-wide through exhibits, performers and speakers
December 2017
Partnered with Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Forsyth County Schools, and Literacy Forsyth to create Leap Into Literacy, which provides bilingual early literacy programming for new and expectant parents and children
October 2017
Invited a representative from Chinmaya Mission to educate staff about the Indian community in Forsyth County at our annual Staff Day
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Broaden exceptional service to maximize the library experience
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Ongoing
Regularly use social media outlets to share library news, alert followers to new materials arriving at the library, answer questions and accept feedback, and build relationships with other social media users in Forsyth County and beyond
Ongoing
Offer expanded special needs programming that includes opening the library an hour early once a month for patrons with special needs and their families and presenting a sensory storytime
Ongoing
Offer in-house use of various technologies (littleBits, Makey Makeys, Spheros, etc.) and equipment (microscopes, magnifying glasses, etc.) for homeschool families and other interested patrons
May 2018
Launched FCPL’s Pop•Up Library where visitors can register for library cards, browse library materials, get reference assistance and demonstrations of library resources, and participate in activities anywhere in the county
August and October 2017
Delivered Disney Institute-inspired customer service training for Public Services staff in order to empower them to provide Wow! customer service
August 2017
Launched Tutor.com, a live, on-demand tutoring service that provides one-to-one learning solutions free to patron of all ages
2017
Purchased automated systems that offer real-time 24-hour check-in of multiple items to ensure immediacy of service
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Create personalized experiences for our users
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Ongoing
Offer in-house use of various technologies (littleBits, Makey Makeys, Spheros, etc.) and equipment (microscopes, magnifying glasses, etc.) for homeschool families and other interested patrons
October 2018
Celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week on social media by posting a series of nine photos and words of thanks for volunteers serving in each of the Friends Bookstores operated by the FCPL Friends and Advocates
September 2018
Hosted a Virtual Dementia Tour developed by Second Wind Dreams, a sensory altering experience where participants are guided through a "tour" of what day-to-day life is like for those with dementia
September 2018
In partnership with Creative Enterprises, began offering regular programs to adults with special needs including adult storytimes, library instruction, and basic computer
August 2018
Expanded existing Tutor.com services to include resources for nursing and computer science students
May 2018
Improved website accessibility to vision impaired patrons as the result of staff attending the 2018 Georgia Accessibility Conference
May 2018
Debuted the Suggestion for Purchase online form to enable patrons to request materials for the library collection
January 2018
Storytime Takeout kits were made available for patrons to check out to extend the library storytime experience in their homes
August 2017
Launched Tutor.com, a live, on-demand tutoring service that provides one-to-one learning solutions free to patrons of all ages
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Foster opportunities to inspire innovation
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Ongoing
Offer monthly craft programs for adult patrons to develop their creativity and explore new skills using a variety of materials
Ongoing
Offer Teen Writing Club for teens and young adults to learn writing tips, share writing samples, and give constructive critiques
September 2018
Expanded writing groups to two locations to allow emerging writers to discuss works of others in the group and receive constructive feedback
August 2018
Added Foundation Directory Online, providing local charities with information on more than 12 million grant and funding opportunities
August 2018
Launched Tween Leadership Council for students in grades 4-8 who are interested in making a difference in the community by creating and hosting library programs and participate in local service projects
July 2018
Piloted a new initiative to nurture leadership potential in teen patrons that provided opportunities for teens to develop and execute educational programs for younger patrons
Spring 2018
Provided a comprehensive technology workshop series for adults that included topics such as Google Suite, Microsoft Word, voice-based smart home systems, internet safety and more
January 2017
Began offering workshops in innovative technologies such as Python and Scratch programming languages
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Promote the library as a community center to meet the individualized needs of Forsyth County residents
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Ongoing
Offer in-house use of various technologies (littleBits, Makey Makeys, Spheros, etc.) and equipment (microscopes, magnifying glasses, etc.) for homeschool families and other interested patrons
Ongoing
Offer in-house use of games and puzzles for patrons to play and complete in the library
October 2018
Named a well-loved statue in the Hampton Park Library in honor of long-time patrons Joann and Earl Sortor
October 2018
Celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week on social media by posting a series of nine photos and words of thanks for volunteers serving in each of the Friends Bookstores operated by the FCPL Friends and Advocates
May 2018
Launched FCPL’s Pop•Up Library where visitors can register for library cards, browse library materials, get reference assistance and demonstrations of library resources, and participate in activities anywhere in the county
March 2018
Completed renovation of Sharon Forks Library, offering the public a 39,000 square-foot facility that features a meeting room that can hold more than 500 people, a large conference room that can seat twenty or be split into two rooms with seating for ten, five study rooms, a children’s activity center, a state-of-the-art teen room, expanded seating areas, and a Hot Spot, which is a large tech-friendly space featuring reconfigurable furniture
December 2017
Formalized a unique Community Authors collections at each library
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Change perceptions about what a public library can be
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Ongoing
Offer Homeschool Discovery group for parents, caregivers, and children to share ideas and resources relating to a monthly theme
Fall 2018
Presented Not Just Another Pill, a series for adults on alternative and complementary practices for health and wellness series of workshops exploring acupuncture, reiki, sound therapy, aromatherapy, herbalism and meditation
October 2018
Created a haunted house inspired by literary classics such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and, of course, Harry Potter
October 2018
Named a well-loved statue in the Hampton Park Library in honor of long-time patrons Joann and Earl Sortor
June 2018
Launched FCPL’s Unreadable podcast to discuss library services using a trendy method
May 2018
Launched FCPL’s Pop•Up Library where visitors can register for library cards, browse library materials, get reference assistance and demonstrations of library resources, and participate in activities anywhere in the county
January 2018
Storytime Takeout kits were made available for patrons to check out to extend the library storytime experience in their homes
October 2017
Presented at the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference on FCPL’s thriving teen volunteer program to enlighten other library systems about the impact of teen volunteers
September 2017
Hosted a Virtual Dementia Tour by Second Wind Dreams that allowed patrons to experience the effects of aging and dementia through simulation
September 2017
Fostered leadership potential in motivated teens to develop and present educational programs for children
August 2017
Acted as community representatives for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 event by distributing official STAR_Net eclipse glasses and offered educational programs for all ages
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Inspire Forsyth County residents to be active lifelong learners
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Present Toastmaster series for teens and adults to practice speaking and listening skills in a positive environment and receive coaching from experienced speakers
Ongoing
Present ongoing programs in partnership with Forsyth County Master Gardeners
Ongoing
Regularly present innovative, hands-on STEAM programs for young children to encourage curiosity, creativity and critical thinking while learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math
Fall 2018
Presented Not Just Another Pill, a series for adults on alternative and complementary practices for health and wellness series of workshops exploring acupuncture, reiki, sound therapy, aromatherapy, herbalism and meditation
Fall 2018
Presented Food Talk series with UGA Extension Service to educate adult patrons about nutrition
August 2018
Presented Genealogy 101 series with Wayne Andrews, exploring how to start research, creating a family tree, searching census records and advanced record types, and using internet resources to trace your heritage
August 2018
Expanded existing Tutor.com services to include resources for nursing and computer science students
Spring 2018
Presented a series of programs for adults on financial literacy
March 2018
Expanded the FCPL collection to included Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, and Telugu language books
Winter 2018
Hosted the Great Decisions series of lectures by University of North Georgia faculty
November 2017
Began partnership with Forsyth County Senior Services Department providing inclusive programs at Senior Centers
August 2017
Launched Tutor.com, a live, on-demand tutoring service that provides one-to-one learning solutions free to patrons of all ages
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Connect library users with materials that promote literacy and lifelong learning to all ages
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Ongoing
Offer Homeschool Discovery group for parents, caregivers, and children to share ideas and resources relating to a monthly theme
Ongoing
Regularly present innovative, hands-on STEAM programs for young children to encourage curiosity, creativity and critical thinking while learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math
October 2018
Presented a bilingual program at a Spanish Circle meeting at Otwell Middle School to introduce Spanish-speaking families to library resources
September 2018
Attended Special Education Summit sponsored by Forsyth County Schools to promote library resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs
August 2018
Expanded existing Tutor.com services to include resources for nursing and computer science students
May 2018
Debuted an enhanced summer reading experience utilizing Beanstack software where participants of all ages earn prizes donated by local businesses
May 2018
Launched FCPL’s Pop•Up Library where visitors can register for library cards, browse library materials, get reference assistance and demonstrations of library resources, and participate in activities anywhere in the county
March 2018
Expanded the FCPL collection to include Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, and Telugu language books
August 2017
Launched Tutor.com, a live, on-demand tutoring service that provides one-to-one learning solutions free to patrons of all ages
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Prioritize library programs for adults and continue to exceed expectations in providing programs for children, teens, and families
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Ongoing
Present Toastmaster series for teens and adults to practice speaking and listening skills in a positive environment and receive coaching from experienced speakers
November 2018
Georgia Appalachian Trail Club presented programs on the history of the Appalachian Trail, tips for hiking it, and the ethic of “leave no trace”
Fall 2018
In partnership with Pianos for Peace, collaborated with the National Art Honor Society at Lambert High School to have students design artwork and paint a piano. Worked with the Orchestra Director at Lambert High School to present a concert at Sharon Forks with Lambert's Chamber Orchestra and Malek Jandali, composer, pianist, and founder of Pianos for Peace
Fall 2018
Southern Fishing School presented a 3-month long series covering types of fish on Lake Lanier, types of lures, using sonar equipment, and fly-fishing techniques
Fall 2018
Presented Not Just Another Pill, a series for adults on alternative and complementary practices for health and wellness series of workshops exploring acupuncture, reiki, sound therapy, aromatherapy, herbalism and meditation
October 2018
Hosted U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nicholas Baggett who shared information on the role of the Corps in the creation and maintenance of Lake Sidney Lanier
October 2018
Presented Introduction to Genealogy: Exploring your Family History, a 4-part series led by local genealogist Jesse Whittaker
October 2018
In partnership with the UGA Extension Service, presented The RiteBite Diabetes Cooking School, a 4-week curse on meal planning and food preparation skills so those affected by diabetes can achieve better blood glucose and blood pressure control
September 2018
Offered Beekeeping for Beginners program in partnership with Forsyth County Beekeeper's Club
September 2018
Collaborated with University of North Georgia to present a series of lectures related to The Great American Read, celebrating and exploring some of America's favorite novels and authors
September 2018
In partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural resources Wildlife Resources Division, presented two programs for tips on hunting Georgia’s public lands and navigating rules and regulations
August 2018
Partnered with University of North Georgia to present a series for adults on Religions of the World, offering an academic view of the basic principles and history of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Hinduism
Summer 2018
Developed a partnership with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation to provide free preview classes
May 2018
Partnered with the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association to host a workshop on HAM radio operation and licensing
May 2018
Offered adult culinary seminars with topics that included summer entertaining to cooking safely with pressure cookers
May 2018
Partnered with popular local fishing guide Ken Sturdivant and Hammond’s Fishing Center to bring eight informative workshops to all branches
April 2018
Hosted a system-wide program series on financial wellness for Money Smart Week
March 2018
Partnered with University of North Georgia and Savannah College of Art and Design to produce a Royal Wedding series in anticipation of the wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle
March 2018
Partnered with local organizations to present programs for all ages that celebrated the novel Wicked, culminating in the well-attended author event, Forsyth Reads Together: An Evening with Gregory Maguire
January 2018
Developed system-wide adult program series focused on culture, technology, life skills, and wellness
Winter 2018
Hosted the Great Decisions series of lectures by University of North Georgia faculty
September 2017
Hosted a Virtual Dementia Tour by Second Wind Dreams that allowed patrons to experience the effects of aging and dementia through simulation
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Increase collaboration with places of learning within Forsyth County
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Ongoing
In partnership with Otwell Middle School, offer ongoing programs at Cumming Library for special education students to expand their reading capabilities and foster an excitement for reading
Fall 2018
In partnership with Pianos for Peace, collaborated with the National Art Honor Society at Lambert High School to have students design artwork and paint a piano. Worked with the Orchestra Director at Lambert High School to present a concert at Sharon Forks with Lambert's Chamber Orchestra and Malek Jandali, composer, pianist, and founder of Pianos for Peace
October 2018
In partnership with the UGA Extension Service, presented The RiteBite Diabetes Cooking School, a 4-week curse on meal planning and food preparation skills so those affected by diabetes can achieve better blood glucose and blood pressure control
September 2018
Collaborated with University of North Georgia to present a series of lectures related to The Great American Read, celebrating and exploring some of America's favorite novels and authors
August 2018
Resumed partnership with North Forsyth Middle School and Silver City Elementary to enhance Digital Citizenship lessons at school
August 2018
Began monthly book discussion groups at Chestatee Elementary
May 2018
In collaboration with the University of North Georgia, hosted The Challenged, a summer book club for parents and caregivers of elementary and middle grade students to discuss books that have been challenged for their content in other parts of the country
February 2018
Staff members participated alongside other community leaders in mock interviews at Forsyth County High Schools in support of their Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) program
December 2017
Partnered with Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Forsyth County Schools, and Literacy Forsyth to create Leap Into Literacy, which provides bilingual early literacy programming for new and expectant parents and children
November 2017
Worked with West Forsyth High School drama students to offer brief presentation of their children’s show Winnie the Pooh to library patrons
October 2017
FCPL supported Literacy Forsyth by competing in the annual Spell Check Live! and advertising the event online and throughout the branches
October 2017
Offered programs featuring University of North Georgia’s UNG Reads selection Bless Me, Ultima
August 2017
Partnered with Forsyth County Schools in an effort to provide library cards to new and returning students through the student registration process
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Encourage technological literacy through a variety of library resources and instruction
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Ongoing
Offer in-house use of various technologies (littleBits, Makey Makeys, Spheros, etc.) and equipment (microscopes, magnifying glasses, etc.) for homeschool families and other interested patrons
Ongoing
Offer comprehensive technology workshops for adults at all branches and include topics such as Google Suite, voice-based smart home systems, and Python and Scratch programming languages
Fall 2018
Offered a series of programs for elementary, middle and high school students on learning to code using Python, Sphero, and Scratch Jr.
Spring 2018
Provided a comprehensive technology workshop series for adults that included topics such as Google Suite, Microsoft Word, voice-based smart home systems, internet safety and more
January 2017
Began offering workshops in innovative technologies such as Python and Scratch programming languages
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Serve

the entire
Forsyth County community

 

Deliver

a transformational
library
experience

 

Champion

literacy
and
lifelong learning

Mission
FCPL champions literacy,
lifelong learning,
and personalized service
to all patrons.
Vision
FCPL is a vital participant
in the Forsyth County community,
striving to improve
the quality of life for everyone.
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