Monday, March 17, 2014

SouthShore Regional Library Shines

SouthShore Regional Library, 2014
On March 8th, the roadshow crew set up in the entryway of SouthShore Regional Library, ready to capture library memories from patrons passing by.

In only in its 8th year of existence, it is clear that this library has made a mark in the community as a shining beacon of resources and bustling community activity. 

Librarians as well as key stakeholders like members of the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library and other patrons, came and recorded their unique memories about the library. Also acquired was a collection of newspaper clippings, memorabilia and photos about the library, which are all in the process of being added to the library's digital collection! 

In addition to the hospitality of the SouthShore staff, we enjoyed an impressive exhibit of children's art and the interest from patrons passing by the historic Burgert Brothers photographic exhibit, curated especially for the event. 

Enjoy some images from the event!

Video memories collected included SouthShore's first branch supervisor, Eloise Hurst, who shared what it was like getting involved with the community to promote the new library. 

Youth Services Senior Librarian, Bill Harris, worked at SouthShore when it opened and was its first library technical assistant (LTA). He shares what that was like and also talks about how some of the teen programs started at SouthShore Regional Library later became successful system-wide. [Note: Audio levels are loud on this recording, so please adjust your volume.]

The current branch supervisor, Lorri Robinson, shares how many of the activities at the library make the SouthShore Regional Library so unique and so popular within its community. 

One of SouthShore Regional Library's special features is its genealogy collection. Vice President of the South Bay Genealogical Society, Judy Jouglet, shares how the library and its collection has been important to her and the genealogical organization. 

Many thanks to all who contributed to preserving the library's history by sharing library memories!  It's never too late record a video memory or oral history of your experiences with your local Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, just call 813-273-3652 to make arrangements. 

Be a part of the library system's centennial celebration by joining us at the next roadshow stop on Saturday, April 12th at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library!