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than it has been in the past. This is compounded by the fact that circulation continues to soar and there are now more formats to buy in than ever before. Aside from the traditional print versions: hardcover, paperback, magazine and large print, we are now asked about eBooks which come in a variety of formats also!” Not to mention mp3s downloads and DVDs.

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Live Oak Public Libraries was one of two pilot sites in the country chosen for the nationwide Geek the Library Campaign. Kruse says it is too early to know the full effect of the campaign, but, “On the whole, I think the campaign had a positive effect because people were talking about libraries. Whether there will be a longer–term effect that includes increased funding is yet to be seen.” But what does the staff Geek? “Right now we all Geek Westerns!” He adds, “Some Geek Western Movies; some Geek Western novels; some Geek Western Art... Can you see a theme?” He’s referring to the annual gala fundraiser for LOPL Foundation. This year’s genre–based theme is “Wanted: Read or Alive. A Celebration of Westerns.” In addition to a vast silent auction, an iPad raffle and Western style entertainment, there is an open bar, full dinner, desserts, and a prize for the best cowboy boots worn by a guest. A portion of the $100 ticket for the event on January 21 is, of course, tax–deductible.

Other ways to help (Formerly Steamers) All New Menu Happy Hour Specials Live Music, Sat. 1/15 w/Lee Travis & The Bounty Hunters Open Tues — Sun 1190 King George Blvd. 920.7772

If you don’t have the budget to attend a gala, there are still plenty of ways to give to the library. For just $25, you can “Adopt a Book.” Dedicate a favorite novel to a friend or in memory of a

relative. Attend one of the book sales, or donate gently used books for them to sell. When my husband and I got married, instead of giving our guests party favors, we made a donation to Live Oak Public Libraries, and asked our guests to bring gently used books. We were able to give three boxes of books to the library. You can also volunteer your time to anything from large annual events to helping catalog and sort in the circulation department.

The sunny side It can seem daunting, but the staff of LOPL manages to not get mired down. Kruse says, “We – everyone at the library – have stories of why we come to work each and every day. Sometimes it’s the simple things: helping someone find the book they want when all they know is the author’s first name and that the cover was blue. Don’t laugh, it happens all the time! “Other days it’s about making a connection: a shy child doesn’t like books because he’s embarrassed with his reading skills until he’s introduced to one of our reading dogs and reads to the dog a few times and completely connects to reading,” he says. “And then, on those more rare occasions it’s about transformation: helping someone with a resume and job leads only to later find out that your work enabled them to get that job,” he says. “Or finding information on a disease that someone has just been diagnosed with and helping them educate themselves so that they are a little less scared of their new reality.” cs Visit for more info about the gala and how to volunteer. Also check out and for further opportunities.

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Jan. 12, 2011 Connect Savannah Issue  

Featuring Savannah metal band Kylesa; remembering Spitfire Poetry Group founder Clinton Powell; Live Oak Public Libraries annual gala; versa...