Do you utilize Clayton’s libraries?

This may seem an odd topic for us, but perhaps because I love to read the situation in Gwinnett inspired me a bit.

As some already know, the Dacula library could close due to budget cuts. This is really too bad, particularly for students who use that facility. Thankfully Clayton raised the millage rate in order to maintain the status quo with our county services. Now I realize some services (i.e., police, fire) are deemed more vital than libraries, and rightfully so. But as I read about what’s going on there, I’m thankful that it’s not happening here.

I am what most people would probably label a bookworm. Love to read and while I buy more than my fair share of books, I also spend a lot of time at libraries. I even spend some lunch hours at my company’s library just to get in some reading and quiet time. In addition, the computers at my local library saved me when my laptop crashed unexpectedly. I had to complete tasks in 30-minute increments during business hours, but at least I didn’t inconvenience anyone else to do so.

So guess I just want to take this opportunity to say THANKS to Clayton’s library system and its staff which has helped me on several occasions. I have always received excellent service from them, be it in person or over the telephone. Big shout out to the staff at Lovejoy and Battlecreek libraries for always being helpful and courteous – you are appreciated!

Do you use Clayton’s libraries? Would you miss your local library if it disappeared?

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34 comments Add your comment

T. Newton

August 24th, 2009
10:31 am

I’d definitely miss the library if it closed! I’m not a book buyor (too much money not enough room in my apt) I get my books from the library. The kids are the big loosers in this.

Mrs. Freeman

August 24th, 2009
11:30 am

I absolutely love the Clayton County Public Library system. I often take my son there (Lovejoy branch also) and my daughter frequents it every week with her daycare provider. They have story time for the toddlers and she adores it!


August 24th, 2009
11:36 am

I do got to the libraries from time to time, usually the Jonesboro branch. A few weeks a go I went into the children’s section to see some lady laid out on the floor as if to nap. There has to be a way to stop this.

Clayton Parent

August 24th, 2009
11:48 am

Yes, I would definitely miss the library if it closed. I take my kids to the Morrow Branch weekly. I often find out about community events there as well.


August 24th, 2009
12:04 pm

Shout out to the Morrow Library also. It has had good service for years.

Gwinnett resident

August 24th, 2009
2:31 pm

Thanks for support even though you’re on the other side of town!


August 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

I love our library system. I use the branch in Riverdale quite often. The selection is great and they do a good job about having material shipped to that location for pick up. Another resource is the study books for standardized tests. Most study guides go for more than $100 so this helps out budget wise. What does my heart good, is for the library to be full when I walk in, that means that we as a race do read!!

Rapid Reader

August 24th, 2009
6:15 pm

I haven’t been to any of the Clayton County Libraries. As My spouse is with the military I tend to use the ones on base. But because I love books I am more likely to buy books, not borrow them.

Matt M.

August 24th, 2009
9:21 pm


Reading Comprehension

August 24th, 2009
10:41 pm

Public Libraries are an excellent resource and are very well kept places in here in Clayton. Too bad the children went there to find out the meaning to accreditation loss which meant Xenophobia = Chauvinism Racial intolerance, Racism. Disenfranchise= to deprive a person, organization or a race of people of a privilege, immunity, or legal right, especially the right to vote. excellent resources to expand your mind!

Are you kidding me?

August 25th, 2009
8:49 am

Reading Comprehension, Trotter, Gunnie, Noresse Haynes whoever you are for the love of God and all that is sane GIVE IT A REST!!!


August 25th, 2009
9:26 am

TROTTER, is that you?


August 25th, 2009
1:07 pm

I would use the libraries more often if the selection of fiction books by African American authors was more plentiful. We currently don’t have a good selection and don’t even carry some books by the most popular authors.

Larry OKeeffe

August 25th, 2009
2:50 pm

Clayton County is blessed with a fantastic local library system and while it may be underutilized it is a very necessary service to the community. As for the closing of libraries anywhere, the proverbial saying “You don’t miss the water till the well runs dry” comes to mind. When you need it, it is there, and if they were to close you would eventfully miss them very much.

Libraries have been a foundation of civilization dating back, at least to the Ugarit in what is now Syria, c.1200 BC. The famed library of Alexandria is relatively young dating to c. 295 BC. I have had the privilege of visiting and using many of this nation’s great libraries, The Carnegie in Pittsburgh, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, and others. Each time I visited, it was to fill an immediate need. Now when I need to research something and the internet just doesn’t make it I go to the Morrow or Headquarters Library. Likewise when I want a book to read it is off to the library I go.

Support and appreciate your local library and your librarian, otherwise you may miss them when they are gone.

Pray for our Schools
Larry O’Keeffe

Mom of Stroke survivor

August 25th, 2009
6:04 pm

As the mom of two young boys I like the fact that I can reserve a book online and quickly run in to pick it up.


August 25th, 2009
6:22 pm


Talk with the branch manager about adding the books you want to read. I was upset that Gwen Ifill’s book was not available in the majority Black Clayton county yet the book was available in Fayette and Peachtree City’s Library. The Branch manager was very accomodating!!!!
By the way, Ifill’s book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama is EXCELLENT. She interviews politicians such as Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker. The publisher, Random House, says of the book: “Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Senator Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict and the ‘black enough’ conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history.

Urikebe Ogafee

August 25th, 2009
7:37 pm

I enjoi libraries of Clayton. I otfen us them. Pary for larry Okeefe so he apprecate the constituton.

Clayton resident

August 25th, 2009
8:41 pm

I spend most of my library time at the Lovejoy branch. The librarians there go out of their way to help. Sometimes it gets a little loud with all the kids in there, but overall a very nice branch that has nice extracurricular activities for families. Not sure if librarians have anything to do with this but they’re also very organized there during voting season, especially the last one when people had to wait on line for around an hour. Keep up the good work Lovejoy branch.

Clayton resident

August 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

and I have to add Tameka you should talk to your branch manager. they have gotten books for me from other counties, so I never had to pick them up they were delivered to my branch! Another plus for our library system!

Clayton Reader SJC

August 26th, 2009
12:08 pm

I love the Jonesboro branch on Smith Street. The staff is always courteous and helpful. I normally use the Pines catalog online and reserve my books. FYI for those books that are not in your local library, the entire PINES catalog is available to you. Just do a search for all PINES if you see a book you want request to have it shipped to your local library. Happy Reading!


August 26th, 2009
5:03 pm

Hello all – spoke with Clayton’s Director of Library Services, and was informed that copies of Gwen Ifill’s book have now been ordered for the HQ (Battle Creek), Lovejoy and Riverdale libraries, arriving at those locations within 7–10 days. Due to budget cuts copies can not be ordered for all six library locations, but you can have a copy delivered to your local library from another branch.

to Tameka – I can attest that if your local library does not have the book you want in stock, they will work with you to get a copy of the book you’d like to read. I’ve ordered books via PINES & received my selection within one week. Budget cuts may slow down the process, but your local librarian will work with you give em a chance.

Engaged Parent

August 26th, 2009
9:55 pm

I use the headquarters library on a regular basis with my sons. Headquarter has all of the accelerated reader books that they need and my boys enjoy being there with me. While there, I usually pick up a book or two for myself and as many as I think the boys will read in 2 weeks. They also have plenty of resource regarding local events and parenting. Today, I showed them a quote that said “reading=knowledge and knowledge=power and it also said that fluent readers made more money than nonreaders”. Needless to say, they were reading in the car on the way home. I love my local library. It’s a great resource for me and my family.


August 27th, 2009
8:30 am

I use the J’boro branch and find the staff to be friendly and competent. Closing libraries is almost as disastrous as closing schools. Teach a kid to read and the love of learning, and that kid will almost 100% of the time not be a burden on society (too bad the public schools concentrate on ‘test scores’ instead of ‘how to learn’). My thoughts are with the Dacula branch patrons; a terrible loss.

Thanks Larry Okeefe for your usual insightful commentary.

Sara Palin 2012

August 27th, 2009
5:22 pm

the library is overcost, inflated and a drain on the budget. Yes, at one time it was a needed instrument of society (just like the buggy whip and typewriter) However, I can now log on and get any and all information I need at my fingertips. If parents would stop buying bluetoothe DVD players and designer brand clothes and invest in a computer for under $100 for a used one now, many of our children would be better off. There is no excuse in 2009 for a family to not have at least one computer in the home or at the very least an internet connection on their cell phone. I say save the taxpayer’s money and do away with the Library!

Jill Allbrite

August 27th, 2009
10:27 pm

I use the libraries (not including the great State Archives and the SE Fed Archives in Lake City) only two or three times per year, but I know that the libraries are there, and this is important to me and my family. The Caparinha Library in Brazil is a beautiful library as well as the Beam Library in Bourban County, Kentucky. They are so pleasant to behold. And, of course, I love the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas but I was disappointed in the Diaspora Library in Jerusalem. The Strom Thurmond All Races Library in Edgefield County, South Carolina was a very pleasant surprise.

As a whole, I give great credit to the libraries of Clayton County.

Please continue to pray for Larry O’Keeffe. He appreciates our prayers. Larry, we’re praying for you!

Lovejoy parent

August 28th, 2009
9:19 am

I go to the Lovejoy library all the time. To be honest the chances of them actually having the book I want is 50/50 but I can usually get it in a few days. Miss the library being open on Sundays though! Larry O’Keefe thanks for providing helpful insightful comments and with all this prayer you should have no problems at all.

sr citizen dawg

August 28th, 2009
10:49 am

Words are inadequate to express my appreciation for the Clayton County library and its staff. They are simply the BEST. I often place books “on hold” and they never fail to secure them and notify me upon their arrival.


August 29th, 2009
5:41 pm

The library is a great institution and I always loved the Morrow library when we lived in CC. The authors reflected a golden age and with anything it takes time to purchase and update new materials but anytime I ever requested a book they placed it on the list and if enough people want the book they purchase it. What I noticed most before we moved out of CC was during school the libraries were full of kids after school who hung out as a free baby sitting service and loitered around even the workers were overwhelmed but never complained because the children were safe off the streets. Seems the homeless might have figured out where to sleep during the day but the library system is a timeless treausure and one that would be sorely missed.

Obama is Brainwashing

September 5th, 2009
11:55 am

Plutocracy = governance by wealthy, or a wealthy social class that controls or greatly influences the governments of a society! Especially Clayton’s Government, black don’t have wealth!


September 7th, 2009
7:25 am

I miss the Clayton County libraries, having moved away four years ago. My children were raised going to the library on a weekly/biweekly basis and I used to check out 60+ books for my 1st grade classroom as well. It seemed like whatever I needed, I was able to get. Unfortunately, I am now in a county (nameless) that I love EXCEPT for the library. It is pitiful! The books are old, popular authors are so limited and the children’s book section is sadly lacking. Clayton County has lots of negative issues to deal with but I would not consider the libraries one of them.

SpEd Teacher

September 10th, 2009
12:49 am

I use the Morrow Branch a lot~~have 6 books to return now that I read over the holiday week-end. I have had books come from all over the state to my branch. My goal is to read 20 books per month and I usually go over.

Forest Park Property Owner

September 13th, 2009
4:49 am

Clearly, Sarah Palin 2012’s towering intellect qualifies her in library science.


September 17th, 2009
8:25 am

I love going into the Forest Park branch during the day and seeing it so occupied and busy. And I’ve used teh Morrow branch for years. The library is a fantastic asset to read a wide variety of books without spending a great deal of money. When I visit other cities I like to go into their libraries to see how they’re set-u and run, as I think a library is a reflection of the community it’s in.

Big Papi

September 21st, 2009
6:24 pm

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In Clayton county the library system is great as is the water authority. That’s a start, lets build from there. Hopefully, the politicians won’t muck-up these two well functioning institutions.