Suwannee Democrat


January 30, 2014

Library Snapshot Day in Jennings

Jasper — Editors note: The Florida Library Association celebrated their 4th Annual Florida Library Snapshot Day during the week of Jan. 20-24. All three public libraries in Hamilton County - Jennings, Jasper and White Springs - held special events on different days of the week. The Jasper News will be showcasing each library’s events in a weekly series beginning with Jennings Public Library.

Jennings Public Library

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Jennings Public Library joined other libraries across the state of Florida, taking pictures and collecting statistics and patron’s comments to illustrate how Floridians are utilizing their libraries, as part of the Florida Library Association’s 4th Annual Library Snapshot Day.

Library Manager Sandi Allen had a full day of events planned, the first of which was Storytime. About 15 kids from the local Headstart program were supposed to arrive at the library at 10 a.m. that morning, but due to unforeseen circumstances with a teacher being out sick, Allen had to take the program over to the kids, who were eagerly waiting inside the Suwannee Valley 4C’s Learning Center just a short drive away.

Suwannee River Regional Library Activities Director Cathy Ogburn Fender regularly travels from one library to the next in Hamilton County and she was rarin’ to go on Library Snapshot Day with one fascinating children’s story after the next for the Headstart kids.

Fender had the kids engaged in visual and fun activities as she read them stories. One in particular was about an alligator that included a hand puppet within the book. Fender used her ventriloquist skills to entertain the children as she read. She also brought along a stuffed alligator toy to further enhance the story.

After Storytime was over, Allen headed back to the library for an 11 a.m. book signing by local author Karen Ostrom, featuring her new book, “Mrs. Mary.

At 12 noon, Jennings artist Kern Baxter arrived to do a presentation on his famous painting, “Bound to Glory”, which hangs in the White House (see related story).

Then at 1:30 p.m., Nancy Spearman presented a program on day lilies and how to care for them, followed by a Fun Day Craft at 2:30 p.m.

The FLA, in partnership with the Division of Library and Information Services, will be collecting the results from all the participating libraries from the Florida Library Snapshot Day event and posting them online at for everyone to enjoy.

One library’s pictures and statistics may be small, but when you combine the results from all the libraries in the state it makes quite an impact.

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