Our latest snapshot took place on March 15, 2023. During this time, we documented the many ways people use library services.
Library staff took pictures of activities, gathered statistics on usage and collected customer comments showing how patrons used the library that day.
For our 2023 Snapshot Day: Spotlighting Volusia County Public Library, we asked “How does the library help you?” We received an overwhelming great response. Here are just some of the comments.
“Opens the door to worlds I will never see – historical novels that help me understand previous times; mysteries that keep me enthralled; books for my grandchildren when they visit and nonfiction that educates me.” Cathy
“The library is an essential resource providing anything you can think of. The staff is Beyond helpful and courteous. Sometimes I just come here for some peace from everyday stressors.” Evelyn
“I borrow books from Libby and Freading. Knowing the library is close by is reassuring as well. The library brings people together. I am here for the book discussion “Project Hail Mary”. The recommendations have been interesting to read and I enjoy them. They expand my choices and broaden my horizons.”
“The library offers me a place to decompress and read after work, an opportunity to interact with great people, and the resources I need to positively change my life. From workshops and programs to classics and cookbooks, the library has everything I could want or need, and it holds a special place in my heart.” Anastasia
“The library helps me learn about stuff, it is fun, and I love to read. I love the library so much. I love to come to the library. I love books and to read. Reading is my life.” *Riley*, youth patron.
“It is our magical place. We find all the movies, books we want, and limitless staff greet us! My daughter considers here the best place in town!!!" Julieta
"As a homeschool mom, the library helps us immensely! We love all the STEM programs, the Recipes & Reads, the Homeschool Huddles, etc…We very much appreciate all the hard work that goes into those and the kids love them too. It’s a safe, friendly environment, where you’re always welcome. We absolutely love & appreciate our libraries!!" Kristyn
"It helps me and my wife check out books to read, but more importantly, has grown the love of books in my two- and four-year-old. Almost 600 books checked out in 6 months!" -Mike K.
"Allows my family to read the latest books. Let’s our family do research for school projects; has available resources we don’t have at home. Quick turn around for requested materials, staff is amazing. The books for sale allow us to buy cheaper kids books for the younger kids. Our library even has cake pans to borrow!! Saves tons of money. Fax and copy machines if needed. Can’t forget the movies – a money saver! Thankyou – you guys’ Rock!!!" -Debbi Y.
"The library is a great resource that my family and I use for learning and fun. We enjoy exploring the books and displays. My six-year-old enjoys reading on his own partly because we started going to the library at an early age." Aaron
"My son when he was three started playing chess at the chess class here at the library two days a week, now he is a professional chess player. I’ve been coming here for years!" Ivan
"How does my library help me ---let me count the ways. 1. Great books to read & large print editions. 2. Best staff in the WORLD…who are always helpful. 3. Fun, Fun classes. 4. Computers & printers & tech support when I can’t figure them out😊" Susan
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Volusia County Public Library has partnered with PBC Guru and Freading to create a virtual book club for patrons and the community.
The book for May 26 - July 28 is The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian.
Set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves a beautiful and harrowing story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership through murder.
It is always available for download from Freading.
How to use Freading on a computer/laptop
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