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>How much is your library worth to you? Use this handy online calculator to find out how much money you save by using the library.

This was developed for us by the State Library of Florida based on a similar calculator for the State of Maine. Costs used are statewide averages in 2007.


Do you know Bulwer-Lytton?

It was a dark and stormy night….

These words start the book Paul Clifford (1830) by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton. Today would be writers compete to write the most awful first sentence in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

The contest is run by the English department of San Jose State University. Entries are judged and the winner receives his 15 minutes of fame.

Take a look at some of the entries and winners..makes you appreciate all the good books that libraries have.


More July 4

Here’s a link from the Library of Congress web page to a fragment of Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independence.

We know bits of the Declaration of Independence– ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ but here’s link to hearing the entire Declaration read by broadcasters of NPR’s Morning Edition news program. They’ve been reading this for many years…it’s very moving, and takes about nine minutes to listen to.

U.S. History.org is another good site for history related information and includes information of versions and revisions on the Declaration before the final draft.


Anne is 100 years old.

Anne of Green Gables is 100 years old. The first Anne Shirley books were published in June 1908.

Many generations of readers have read the Anne of Green Gables books, and millions more have seen films and television movies of Anne’s adventures.

L. M. Montgomery (Lucy Maud) was a prolific writer. In spite of problems with her health and her husband’s health she wrote eight Anne stories. She also wrote a total 16 more novels, and over 500 short stories and poems.

Anne Shirley is L. M. Montgomery’s best known work and she would live to see her books and character become an international sensation. The author died in 1942. The books have been translated in 36 languages.

Anne gets into ‘scrapes’ as Marilla would say. The books tell of Anne’s life and adventures on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Through the series of books we can follow Anne’s life.

Many visitors go to Prince Edward Island each year visiting this fictional character’s home.

The books and videos are available at your library.



Here’s a link for information about voting in Florida:

VoteSmartFlorida “a non-partisan website dedicated to providing Florida voters unbiased, factual information on proposed constitutional amendments and voter resources, including:
Early Voting Locations
Sample Ballot
1-Page Overview of Amendment #1
2008 Voter Guide to the Property Tax Amendment
A List of Local Property Appraisers”



Children love to listen to stories and they can listen to a story on the telephone from your library.

By calling the Dial a Story line, young children can listen to a story. Put the phone on speakerphone and you can hear it too. Stories are for young children and are changed weekly.

Stories last 3-4 minutes so it is a good way to engage children when you have a short task to do. Getting a snack ready for them, last minute preparations before you leave home; there are many opportunities to fit in a short story. Dial up a story and your child is involved in listening, a good skill to cultivate.

The toll free number is …