Sunday July 05 , 2015
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Below is a statement made by the outsourcing chief executive of L.S.S.I.

“A lot of libraries are atrocious,” Mr. Pezzanite said. “Their policies are all about job security. That’s why the profession is nervous about us. You can go to a library for 35 years and never have to do anything and then have your retirement. We’re not running our company that way. You come to us, you’re going to have to work.”

Somehow this man believes that librarians do "nothing". Anyone who has attended one of the computer classes, programs, tech help sessions, book clubs, YALLA meetings, Manga Club activities, movie sessions, etc.

Do you think that your public librarians do nothing? This type of statement only shows how much this company really knows about a public library and what it does. Beside all of the programs and the events, there are a host of skilled caring people who do everything from collection development to circulation and care of the books and library equipment.

Is this really the type of for-profit company you want using YOUR tax dollars to determine what will and will not be a part of your library in the future?

CLICK HERE to sign our petition to let the Marion County Board of County Commissioners know you want them to immediately stop considering privatization and/or outsourcing of all or part of The Marion County Public Library Systems services and its personnel.


Privatization is NOT the answer

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Privatization isn't the answer


#Shelfie Challenge

Support your library by taking a picture in any library location and tagging three of your friends to challenge them to do the same. Let's show the county that we want to keep the PUBLIC in public library! #ShelfieChallenge

I am not usually one for hashtags, but this is important! Our library is in danger of being privatized. This can negatively impact our community. I use the library weekly. I cannot tell you how many times the library has provided me with materials that I needed for school. The programs that they have available for everyone in the community are tremendous. Please go to the library and participate in this challenge to spread awareness and help us keep our library public.



I love that our public Libraries are family oriented offering programs for toddlers to teens year round.

— Belinda Perez


I just love how my public library has something for everyone! I just love finding vampire lore and much more! Come out and show your support for the Marion County Public Library! Come on guys, you know you want to take a shelfie at the library.

— Cate O'Brien


I know I shared this picture the other day but today I found out our local library has been told to cut budget by half a million dollars. The county commissioner is also considering privatizing our local library. Friends of Ocala Library have come up with a Selfie challenge to support your local library. You take a selfie in your local library and hashtag it #shelfiechallenge and tag 3 friends to do the same. Unfortunately I'm not sure how many of my friends really use the local library, almost none I believe. I myself have been teased for using the library at one point. So I'm challenging all my Marion County friends to support our local library, get down there, get a library card, snag a selfie!! Read a book!! Believe me I'll have more to come. ‪#‎sorrynotsorry‬ #shelfiechallenge

— Danielle Perez


OCALA PUBLIC LIBRARY a group of community members and
library staff who support the Library.

Friends of The Ocala Public Library's Book Store @ Headquarters-Ocala

Photo by Donald & Shirley Sjolund


...enriches the intellectual and cultural environment of the Marion County Public Library by promoting excellence in library programs and services and sponsoring special events.

Photo by Steve Floethe

Photo by Steve Floethe

...and acts as an advocacy organization by elevating public awareness of and raising funds for the Library



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More information about Friends can be found in the Friends Bookmark page of the quarterly WORDS newsmagazine, which is funded by Friends of the Ocala Public Library.

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May 2, 2015

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Marion County Public Library now has e-Books!

Thanks to funding from Friends of the Library,
Marion County Library now has eBooks!

Check out available titles and information on downloading books to your e-reader or mobile device

If you need help and have questions regarding eBooks, please click the Help/FAQ box on the left of the screen in eBooks.

If you are still having trouble, there is a SUPPORT link at the bottom of the page where you can complete a form that will help library staff better assist you.