300 Woodrow Wilson Drive; Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Phone: 229-333-0086 ~ Fax: 229-333-7669
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Hours: Monday–Thursday 9:30 AM-8 PM;
Friday: 9:30 AM-5:30 PM; Saturday: 11:00 AM-5:30PM; and Sunday: 2:00 PM-6:00 PM
A BRIEF HISTORY
The headquarters and largest branch in the South Georgia Regional Library System family tree is located in beautiful Valdosta, Georgia, also known as the Azalea City, boyhood home to the infamous Doc Holiday.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Public Library enjoys a reputation as large as its more than 32,000 square feet. When it opened its doors in 1968, at a cost of $450,000, it introduced exciting new programs to the community. Such programs included everything from classes on how to save money, book reviews, holiday workshops, children’s cartoons and an annual pet show. These programs were a huge success due to the efforts of Roddelle Brantley Folsom, who joined the library staff in 1952.
An employee who began her library career as the “Bookmobile Lady,” Folsom was named to the post of Library Director in 1973. During her long tenure, and because of a massive $20 million building challenge launched by the state of Georgia, she witnessed not only the addition of permanent new facilities in Lakeland, Hahira, Lake Park, Valdosta and Statenville, but also saw to completion the 1995, $2.5 million expansion and renovation of library headquarters on Woodrow Wilson Drive. Before retiring after forty-three years of service, Folsom had seen the library grow from a book-only facility to a completely computerized library system that offered audio/visual items in addition to twenty-first-century-ready technology available to the public.
WHAT MAKES THIS NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY UNIQUE?
The only neighborhood library with weekend hours, consider the Valdosta-Lowndes County library as your one-stop-shopping facility! It’s the perfect place to visit for Sunday afternoon family outings.
Looking for more information on Children’s Programs? Call the Youth Services Department at 229-333-0086 extension 212 or extension 222!
Bring your baby to our weekly Baby Story Time! We meet every Monday at 11:00 am in the Amphitheater. Not only do we read a few short stories, we also let the little ones do some moving around, work on simple crafts and mingle with other babies (and their parents)!
Toddler Time at 11:00am on Tuesdays is the perfect place to bring your 2-5 year old to hear fantastic stories told by our energetic staff! We also have simple crafts or coloring sheets so that the little ones get to take something home to remember the stories by. We’re open and welcoming to all tots, even if they need to move around during the story, so don’t hesitate to come enjoy the fun in our Amphitheater!
Family Story Time is held after school on Tuesdays at 4:00pm in the Amphitheater. This story time is suitable for all ages and perfect for a family that’s looking for something fun to do together in the afternoon. We hope to see you here!
Our Brown Bag Book Club gives chapter book readers the opportunity to get together, have book discussions, do art projects, and generally have a blast! We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday in the Amphitheater at 4:15pm.
Our Teen Book Club meets at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Library on Tuesday at 4:00. We alternate doing book discussions on books members choose, making crafts, and even occasionally watching movies. Our teens are currently reading The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
Basic-Level PC Classes with Eric: Every Thursday from 8:30-9:20. Call the Reference Desk at 229-333-0086, ext. 220, for more details.
Toastmasters: Join this group every Thursday at 6:00 to improve your public speaking skills. Come to any session to sign up.
Parenting: Single parents can get practical life skills help on every Monday from 9:30-12:00. Ask for details at the Reference Desk: 229-333-0086, ext. 220.
GED Classes: An Instructor from Wiregrass Technical College prepares students for the GED exam on every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30. Ask for details at the Reference Desk: at 229-333-0086, ext. 220
Spanish Classes with Kiersten Jakes: Learn conversational Spanish while engaging in fun activities. Meets from 6:30-7:30 on every Monday. To sign up, just come to a class.
Legal Help from Georgia Legal Services provides one-on-one legal help on a first come, first served basis on every third Friday from 1:00-3:30. Come to the Reference Desk (229-333-0086, ext. 220) for more information.
English as a Second Language Classes (ESL): Tuesdays from 6:00-7:45 p.m.