What's happening at your public library?
You're never to old, too wacky, too wild,  to pick up a book and read to a child.
Dr. Seuss   
Ashford Branch Library Improvements/Update
If you use the Ashford Branch Library, you may notice that the aging building recently got some much-needed improvements this month in the form of some brand new doors and windows. These will certainly help to keep the books, computers, DVD's, staff, and visitors nice and dry during the inevitable periods of Wiregrass wet weather.  FYI, statistics for this last year show that for every hour Ashford Branch is open during the week to the public, there are about 30 items checked out total.  It's a hoppin' place!

DHCLS's Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Have you ever had a burning desire to turn an ordinary pumpkin into your favorite literary character for Halloween? Well you're in luck. DHCLS will be hosting a literature-based pumpkin decorating contest with winners being selected on Thursday, October 20th. Bring your entry into any library no later than Wednesday, October 19th for your chance to win a $20 Toys R Us gift card and other prizes. Full details HERE.

Free Online Tutoring & Job Search Assistance

Whether you need help with Math Homework, an English Paper, Finding a Job, or Preparing for a Test, Homework Alabama can help!

Homework Alabama offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources  for Alabama residents from kindergarten through college, plus adult learners. Get help in Math, Science, English, Social Studies or writing from a live tutor available 3 PM -10 PM, Sun-Thurs.  

Learn more HERE. Did we mention it's FREE?

This service is funded through the Alabama Department of Education. 

DHCLS to the Rescue
Helping our neighbors.
This past month, our neighbors across the street at the Houston County Administration building experienced a serious leak which necessitated the closing of some of their departments. The County asked to use one of the library's meeting rooms to set up shop and process the day's tag renewals while they fixed the problem. We were more than happy to help. Just another example of how libraries help their communities day in day out. 
Do you need your test proctored?

Another educational service that DHCLS offers the Wiregrass community is test proctoring by qualified staff. This service is fee-based and is available only at the Westgate Branch location.

Please call (334) 699-2950 or email to inquire about cost and availability. 

Library Funding/Sustainability 

The turn of the calendar for October means a new budget year for DHCLS. People ask us all the time, "How are the library's programs and services funded?"  Sometimes they are surprised to learn that we're not an official government agency. Instead, DHCLS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that receives a combination of funding from several government sources: City of Dothan (64%), Houston County (26%), State of Alabama (8%), City of Ashford (2%).  For this next Fiscal Year cycle (Oct 2016-Sept 2017), Houston County funding has remained flat, but on the bright side, Alabama State Funding has increased from $0.78 to $0.88 per capita. Please let your State elected officials know how much you appreciate their library support.

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