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Outside the Stacks: A Citrus Libraries Blog

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Citrus Libraries A-Z: Week 2

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! This year we're going "Beyond the Books" as we celebrate all of the services and resources that the libraries provide in addition to reading materials with our Citrus Libraries A-Z series! In true library fashion we will be working our way through the alphabet,...

CCLS From A-Z Week 1 Letters A-D

Citrus Libraries A-Z: Week 1

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! This year we're going "Beyond the Books" as we celebrate all of the services and resources that the libraries provide in addition to reading materials with our Citrus Libraries A-Z series! In true library fashion we will be working our way through the alphabet,...

Teen picks

Debbie H’s Teen Picks

Citrus Picks are hand-picked and curated book suggestions from our amazing team of library staff members. Scroll through this list to read about each selection. If you're interested in checking out any of the books or items listed below, simply click on the cover to place through our online...

Library Director Eric Head and his mother, retired librarian Wylene Head.

Love Your Library Reimagined for 2021

In 2011, with a passionate push from then Citrus County Library Advisory Board (LAB) member and current Friends of the Citrus County Library System (FOCCLS) President, Sandy Price, the first Love Your Library Evening was launched. What started as a way to raise funds for remodeling projects at some...

FOCCLS President Sandy Price and Vice President Janet add up a sale at a sidewalk sale

Friends of the Library Pivot: Adapting Traditional Book Sale, Continuing to Raise Funds

No one will argue that this year has been anything but normal. Masks, closures, stay-at-home orders and the “new normal” all come to mind when thinking of 2020. But, through it all, Citrus County has seen resiliency, and community coming together to support one another, for which the Friends...

Grey clouds behind a yellow sign with a hurricane symbol and the words "hurricane season"

Prepare Digitally for a Natural Disaster

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. Tropical cyclones that have a maximum sustained surface wind of less than 39 miles per hour are called tropical depressions. Once those...

Smartphone with unknown caller on screen, understanding robocalls

Robocalls

Spam or robocalls as they are often known are automated telephone calls that deliver a recorded message are on the rise. The FCC states that they receive over 200,000 complaints a year specific to unwanted phone calls and that approximately 2.4 billion robocalls are made each month. These calls...

A smartphone showing apps that can make a smart home

What Makes a Smart Home So Smart?

From Smartphones to Smart Televisions to now Smart Homes all of our devices seem to be getting “smarter.”  But at the same time most of us are left behind scratching our heads about what all that actually means. When someone says that they have a “smart home” they are basically...

Child holding a picture book in a blanket fort with pillows and a teddy bear

Reaching Reluctant Readers

One of my favorite things about being a Youth Services Librarian is sharing my love and enthusiasm of reading with young people. Helping children discover the magic, wonder, and endless information that books provide is so rewarding. Finding that one book or book series that can change the mind...

Group of children looking at teacher holding a picture book

The Importance of Story Time for Children

Reading stories to children introduces a wealth of ideas.  Thoughts and emotions can be communicated in simple to understand concepts which provides amusement, fascination, and fun.  Telling stories arouses a child’s imagination unlike any other medium. Imagination encourages a child to develop their reasoning skills.  Without using their imagination, a...