720 Lakes Boulevard Lake Park, GA 31636
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Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11-7 PM; Friday: 11-5:30 PM
A BRIEF HISTORY
Opened March 4, 1990, the Edith Garlow Johnston Lakes Library was dedicated and named for Edith Garlow Johnston, an active library supporter and wife of Country Johnston, the Lake Park developer who donated the property for the building. The library underwent a $40,000.00 renovation (interior and exterior) from November 09 – May 2010. Kellerman Construction Company completed the task.
Set among majestic, moss draped oaks in beautiful Lake Park, the library is located directly across from the Lake Park U.S. Post Office and adjacent to a Lowndes County park. Francis Lake is right across the street.
Grace Clay was the first manager of this library, the third installment in a five libraries building campaign, funded in part by a Georgia grant program. Clay was succeeded by Dorothea Sutphin, Janice Daugharty, Geneva Taylor, Essie Parker, Beth Zeigler, Maggie Castor, Karen Black, and Lisa Brower.
What Makes This Neighborhood Library Unique?
This library's strengths lie first in its animated staff that have boundless energy and are eager to assist patrons! Customer service is their #1 priority. An inviting place to sit back and get comfortable with a good book, children's programs and community outreach are additional strong points.
Available is a wide variety of book collections, including crafts, gardening, parenting, and home improvement, along with a fine assortment of fiction, large print books, videos, DVDs and audios. The children's collection is also top of the line, with some of the latest fiction for little ones on the market.
In December 2010, in honor of its 20th anniversary, this library put together a time capsule to be opened in 2030. Contained within are notes and letters from SGRL staff, memories and thoughts from patrons, branch statistics, branch information, library documents (such as card, card application, internet policy, etc.), popular book and movie data, and a newspaper.
Lake Views Book Club – 3rd Friday of every month at 11 AM. Reading of selection is recommended but not required.
Adult Crafts - 3rd Tuesday of every month at 4:30. Join us each month to learn a new craft and meet new people!
Game Day For Adults - Meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm. Get together with your friends and neighbors for a day of games and fun!
Department of Labor Veteran's Services - 4th Tuesday of each month. A representative from the Georgia Department of labor is present at the library to share information on veteran's benefits and resources for veterans and their spouses.
Beginning Computer Classes - Call our library for details of this program.
Teen Scene – 1st Tuesday of each month. Teens participate in STEAM activities, craft projects, and get hands on with cool tech toys!
Children and Parents/Teachers
Home School Group – 2nd Monday of every month from August to May. Children enjoy a story/science activity while parents share ideas.
Crazy 8s Math Club - Children in grades 3-5 kids enjoy learning skills while participating in various games and activities. This club meets during the school year. See staff members for registration and program details.
Tween Reeds - 2nd Thursday of each month. Kids 9-13 meet once a month to discuss a book read the previous month and participate in exciting games and activities.
Lego Club - Children ages 8-14. Please see a staff member to register for Lego fun!
Preschool Story Time - Every Wednesday at 11:30 am.
Dr. Seuss Celebration – Early March – Stories; Seuss related activities. Family recommended!
Summer Reading Program – Signup begins in May; program runs June – July. Prize drawings.
Costume Day – Usually late October. Come inside in costume and receive a treat. Choose a book related to costume and get entered into a prize basket drawing. Recommended for children aged 12 and under.