527 Griffin Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601
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Hours: Monday–Thursday 11-7 PM Friday: 11-5:30 PM
A BRIEF HISTORY
January 21, 1935 marks the date when the very first library for African Americans in Lowndes County was opened. Housed in the Walton Building, in a room given by the City Council, a heavy loss of books and lack of staff led to its closure in February of 1939. It would not reopen until 1955, when the South Georgia Regional Library System would once again expand to extend services to the African American community. Its new home known as Branch No. 1, located in the community building of the Hudson Dockett Housing Project, was managed by Adelle Lee, the system’s first African American librarian. She was succeeded by Fuleria Gertrude Manning in 1961. By this time, with the purchase of a second bookmobile, the collection was being shared with African-American schools in the region. At one time, Lomax School housed a collection. Historical documents record 1963 as the year library facilities became integrated.
Opened May 31, 1992, the Mae Wisenbaker McMullen Memorial Southside Library was named in honor of the mother of J.C. McMullen, a Lake Park businessman who donated the land. This library was the fouth installment in a five-libraries building campaign begun in 1988. Built to accommodate people living in the southern part of Valdosta, the McMullen Southside Library is home to an impressive African-American book collection and state of the art technologies available.
WHAT MAKES THIS NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY UNIQUE?
This library's strengths lie in its Internet computer availability and its vast collection of African American books and special annual events. Just take a look at this!
FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS/TEACHERS
Story Time: by appointment; Daycare centers welcome.
Book Collection Deliveries by Next Day to Teachers
African American Read In: Held 1st Sunday in February. This event highlights adult and juvenile readings of African American books and authors. Suitable for all ages.
The Southside Library Fall Fest: A literary alternative to Trick-or-Treating with stories, games and prizes. Usually scheduled as close to October 31 as possible.
Juneteenth Celebration: Held on the 2nd weekend in June. A 2-4 day event that strives to educate the public about the history of Juneteenth. This is a family affair, complete with entertainment. Library tours are given to inform about library services.
Annual Christmas Party: Usually held on the Friday prior to the library's closing for the holidays. Stories, games, prizes and Santa Claus too!
Kwanzaa: Held Dec. 26th - Jan. 1st of each year. This event highlights the 7 Principals of Kwanzaa.
Annual Vacation Reading Program