The Hernando County Public Library System is pleased to announce the reopening of its East Hernando Branch Library on Tuesday, August 19. The branch has been closed for repairs since July 2013 after an arsonist set fire to the library and caused major damages to the building and the library’s collection.
Reconstruction is nearly completed and the building will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 19 returning to the regularly scheduled hours for this location (Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed Sundays and Mondays).
Please join us to celebrate the reopening on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting followed by refreshments and an afternoon filled with activities, giveaways, and fun for all ages. Please come out and celebrate your Library and your community.
Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations
Hernando County Public Library System
Each year, the Florida Library Association (FLA) honors outstanding libraries, individuals, businesses and library supporters during its annual conference held May 7-9, 2014 at the Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel. Award recipients are selected from a large number of applicants for the quality of their service to their local communities and to the library profession. This year, the Hernando County Public Library System received the award for “Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations”.
Last year, when the Hernando County Public Library System (HCPL) was selected as FLA’s 2013 Library of the Year, Hernando County was in the midst of a difficult budget year, and HCPL was facing a shortfall of over one million dollars. Winning the FLA award was just what HCPL needed for leverage, and it became the center of our community awareness and advocacy campaign. We used our award to create widespread awareness among community members of the importance of HCPL. Our objectives were to keep HCPL fully funded, to receive community support and recognition, and to build staff morale by recognizing and celebrating this important achievement.
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