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Civil Rights and a Civil Society June 12; Out-of-County Fee Change July 1; Family Fun at Summer Reading Events

Just a reminder about the session, Civil Rights and a Civil Society: Critical Dialogues in Equity, Race, and Identity, planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, in the Library Center auditorium. Reservations are not required.

Andrea Blackman, Special Collections Division manager at the Nashville, Tennessee, Public Library, will lead the session for teens and adults, focusing on cultural sensitivity, awareness of racism and social injustice in our everyday lives.

Her goal is to help participants know how to create a culturally inclusive, respectful environment in their schools, companies and communities.

The Springfield-Greene County Library District staff is pleased that people living outside the county can access the print collection, digital media and online research options by purchasing an out-of-county library card. One card allows everyone in that household to access library services, and over 3,700 households take advantage of that.

We try to keep the cost of that card equal to what an average Greene County household, business or farm pays in property tax to support the library district. A 2017 report by the Greene County assessor shows that amount is $81.95, so the Library Board of Trustees voted to update the out-of-county fee to $80 annually, effective July 1. The library has notified those 3,700 households. 

The cost is changing, but not the benefits and savings that everyone enjoys. Besides saving cash by borrowing books, music, movies and audiobooks:

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Expecting company this summer? Bring them to the library for one of the free summer programs for kids: magic, juggling, music and make-believe. Check out the schedule in the Bookends calendar or at

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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