Collier County Time Capsule

April 24th, 2013 Comments off

In coordination with VIVA FLORIDA 500, join the Time Capsule dedication and festivities on Wednesday, May 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Naples Depot Museum.

Local and community representatives will be on hand to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Florida’s discovery by Ponce de Leon, and Collier County’s 90th anniversary. Enjoy historical reenactments, activities, exhibits, classical cars, and vendors.

Sponsored by the Collier Museums and the Library.  Details

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Money Smart Week, 2013

April 16th, 2013 Comments off

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  Launched by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, partners now include the American Library Association. This year,  Money Smart Week is April 20 – 27, 2013.

CCPL programs for Money Smart Week are listed in our PDF. To register online for any program, visit our online registration site.


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Public domain downloadable ebooks now available

April 15th, 2013 Comments off

The Library now offers nearly 20,000 public domain ebooks for download via its Downloadable Media website, powered by vendor partner OverDrive™. The “Always Available” ebooks are derived from the Gutenberg Project.

This is a separate downloadable collection that does not require your library card and does not count against your checkout limits. And the titles never expire!

Now you can quickly and easily download a bright and clear EPUB-formatted classic or retrospective ebook from CCPL.


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St. Augustine, Florida, archival project

March 28th, 2013 Comments off

The St. Augustine Record reports on an archival project handling local parish documents as old as 1594, records of births, deaths, marriages, and baptisms of residents in St. August from the late 16th century through the mid-1700s.

The project, led by a University of South Florida history professor and graduate students, seeks to digitize the documents for preservation. Their work coincides with the 500th anniversary of the European discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, celebrated this year as VIVA FLORIDA 500.

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Annual Spring Book Sale

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

The annual Spring Book Sale begins Friday, March 22 and runs through Friday, March 29.

The sale will be held at the South Regional Library during the library’s operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9 am to5 pm. Closed Sunday (March 24).

The library is located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, off County Road 951,  just south of Rattlesnake Hammock Road, between Lely Elementary School and Edison State College.

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FLOR500 art exhibit and garden project features creator, local artists

February 28th, 2013 Comments off

As part of the Collier County Public Library’s celebration of VIVA FLORIDA, Florida International University artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will appear at the South Regional Library to offer a presentation about FLOR500 and to dedicate a FLOR garden onsite. The program will be held on Monday, March 4th, beginning at 5:45 p.m. View PDF.

FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project created by Cortada to commemorate Florida’s 500th anniversary of European discovery in 2013. The project marks the important moment when the history of our state changed forever and gives us a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago.

Five hundred Floridians are being invited to depict 500 native wildflowers – the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named the peninsula “La Florida” — from the Spanish word for flower: “flor.” The artwork, along with information about each flower, is posted on the project website at

After his FLOR500 presentation, Cortada will invite participants to transform his original drawing of a Florida wildflower on exhibit at the library into 100 living gardens. His drawing was cut into 100 tiled pieces; each tile comes with a packet of Florida wildflower seeds. Participants are asked to take the drawing and seeds home and plant a garden dedicated to a Floridian that is special to them. In the process not only will they pay tribute to someone special in their lives, but they will also help improve Florida’s biodiversity by growing native plants.

Joining Cortada will be 19 artists from Southwest Florida who have contributed original art works for the FLOR 500 project. Their work will be on exhibit as the FLOR500 Native Wildflower Art Exhibition at the South Regional Library. Reception for the exhibit starts at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Friday, March 29 during regular library hours.

For directions and library hours call (239) 252-7542 or visit the Library’s Locations, Hours, Maps page.

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Downloadables page redesigned, new features!

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

Our downloadable media page has been redesigned by vendor OverDrive, with many new features: one-click downloads, enhanced browsing and help pages, OverDrive Read, and vivid new graphics for easy navigation. Get an overview of the new page with this YouTube video:

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Vanderbilt Beach branch getting new roof

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

The Collier County Public Library’s Vanderbilt Beach Branch is getting a new roof.

The Vanderbilt Beach branch library is getting a new roof beginning this week. The wood shake shingles on the current roof are deteriorating and some are missing due to wind and other inclement weather. A green, standing seam metal roof to match the roofs on the adjacent county buildings will replace the old roof.

The library will not close during the approximate four weeks the re-roofing will take. However, patrons may experience more noise than normal, and parking may be affected due to the presence of the roofing contractor’s equipment in the parking lot.

The Library appreciates the patience of the public during this repair, which needs to be completed before the rainy season begins.

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Salon: Pew report shows library users want quiet

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

On the heels of the latest Pew report on public libraries (see previous entry), a senior writer at Salon points out in “Bring back shushing librarians” that the largest majority of library patrons in the survey valued not only borrowing books and media, assistance from reference librarians, and computers with internet access, but also availability of quiet space.

The Pew report highlighted the three top services:

  • 80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
  • 80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
  • 77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.

But the fourth and next valued service at 76% was “Quiet study spaces for adults and children.”  “Like many such studies,” the author notes correctly, “the Pew survey is so focused on unusual programs and activities not typically associated with libraries that it tends to overlook the mere provision of a peaceful place to read and think.”

According the Pew study, quiet matters more to library patrons than special programs for kids or job-search resources or access to fancy databases or classes and events or spaces for public meetings. It matters more to them than the ability to check out e-books or engage in “more interactive learning experiences” — areas that many library experts seem to regard as top priorities for the libraries of the future.

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Pew: Library users want both print and digital

February 1st, 2013 Comments off

A new report by the Pew Internet Research Center concludes that public library users want both traditional print and new digital resources. Furthermore, the availability of free computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries.

Here are the key findings of the report titled “Library Services in the Digital Age”:

  • 80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
  • 80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
  • 77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.

Many users would also embrace more sophisticated electronic services:

  • Online research services allowing patrons to pose questions and get answers from librarians: 37% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use an “ask a librarian” type of service, and another 36% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.
  • Apps-based access to library materials and programs: 35% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use that service and another 28% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.
  • Access to technology “petting zoos” to try out new devices: 35% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use that service and another 34% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.
  • GPS-navigation apps to help patrons locate material inside library buildings: 34% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use that service and another 28% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.
  • “Redbox”-style lending machines or kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself: 33% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use that service and another 30% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.
  • “Amazon”-style customized book/audio/video recommendation schemes that are based on patrons’ prior library behavior: 29% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use that service and another 35% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.


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