Welcome to Peach Public Libraries


The Peach Public Libraries system is committed to promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, and combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference by making the best possible library resources, personnel, and facilities available.

With our participation in the Georgia Library PINES program, the Peach Public Libraries serve not only the citizens of Peach County, but also library users of more than 275 libraries and affiliated service outlets in almost 140 counties across the state.

Latest News & Upcoming Events

Peach Public Libraries will restore LIMITED Library Services beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.

Thomas Public Library, Fort Valley on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9:30am to 1:30pm
Byron Public Library, Byron on Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 1:30pm

Social distancing measures will be observed. Library guests will be encouraged to wear face masks during their visit to the libraries. Curbside pickup services will be available.

All Overdue fines will continue to be waived until Library Services are fully restored to normal operations. The due date for items currently checked out has been extended to May 11, 2020. You may keep the items currently checked out or return items to the outdoor book returns at any time.

You may access your Georgia PINES Library Account at www.gapines.org

Those needing access to the internet may use free open access to the libraries' WIFI networks within range of the library buildings.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Library Branch Manager
Peach Public Libraries is seeking applicants for a FULL-TIME Library Branch Manager for the Byron Public Library in Byron. Schedule may include some mornings, afternoons, evenings, and some Saturday hours at both libraries.

We are looking for dependable, energetic people with well-developed customer service skills, who work with a minimum of supervision and exercise excellent independent judgment; speak effectively, are attentive to detail, and work well with others.

For complete job announcement, please visit www.peach.public.lib.ga.us/employment


AARP Tax-Aide Program
AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be available at the Thomas Public Library, Fort Valley, each Tuesday beginning February 4, 2020 from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. Electronic filing (e-filing) is offered at most sites, with no charge to the taxpayer.

If you would like to volunteer as an AARP Tax-Aide Preparer, please contact the Thomas Public Library at (478) 825-1640

Federal and State of Georgia Income Tax Forms
Federal tax booklets are available at Thomas Public Library in Fort Valley or Byron Public Library in Byron. Some tax forms are also available. Additional tax forms and publications are available online from the Internal Revenue Service and the Georgia Department of Revenue.


Introducing eRead Kids!
Check out eRead Kids, our new digital library featuring nearly 15,000 electronic and audiobooks for kids in pre-K to fourth grade. This mix of fiction and nonfiction titles can be downloaded onto computers, tablets, and smartphones. All you need is your library card! https://peachga.axis360.baker-taylor.com/


RBdigital E-Books, AudioBooks, and Magazines
As a member of The Georgia Download Destination Consortium, Peach Public Libraries has entered a new partnership with RBDigital, a vendor of e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines.

Georgia PINES Library card users with Peach Public Libraries card numbers beginning 21043000 may access Rbdigital eBooks and eAudioBooks at the following link: http://peachga.rbdigital.com

Georgia PINES Library card users with Peach Public Libraries card number beginning 21043000 may access Rbdigital eMagazines at the following link: https://www.rbdigital.com/peachga/service/magazines

Users will be required to complete a one-time registration process in order to associate your library card with your account. The websites provide links for downloading the RBdigital app for your mobile devices.

Peach Book Worms - Peach Public Libraries' Kid Newsletter
Check out the November 2016 edition of Peach Book Worms - Peach Public Libraries' Kid Newsletter

Online Credit Card Payments for Fines and Fees
credit cards Peach Public Libraries is now accepting online credit card payments for account balances of fines and fees on your Georgia PINES library card.

To make online payments using a credit card, log into your library account at gapines.org then click the PAY FINES button.

Goodreads Group
good reads Join Goodreads and Peach Public Libraries' Goodreads Group

Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Goodreads help people find and share books they love.
  • See which books your friends are reading
  • Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read
  • Check out your personalized book recommendations
  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from community reviews

1000 Books B4 Kindergarten
1000 Books B4 Kindergarten In partnership with Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) and libraries across the state, Peach Public Libraries encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before age 5. This program is designed to be a fun and easy way to help your child develop the pre-reading skills that are vital to kindergarten readiness.

Research shows a striking correlation between pre-reading skills and later academic success reaching into high school and beyond. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher. By sharing stories at home, you can give your child a valuable gift - a sense of confidence and a love for books and reading that can last a lifetime.

Visit the 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten website to print reading logs or track your child's progress using the online reading logs.

Online Voter Registration
Register to Vote Georgia Georgians can now register to vote online using the Georgia Office of Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration System.

To use the Online Voter Registration System you must have a valid driver’s license or identification card issued by GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) with signature on file with DDS. If you do not have a valid driver’s license or identification card, you may manually submit a paper registration.

You may use this system to (1) Register to vote in Georgia or (2) change your name and/or address on your current registration record.

Overdue Library Materials and Outstanding Fines and Fees
In February 2014, Peach Public Libraries will begin using collection agency services to recover long overdue library materials and outstanding fines and fees.

Please use this opportunity to return overdue library materials and clear your library account of outstanding fines and fees.

Using your library card and PIN, you may view your library account online at www.gapines.org

Peach Paradise

Peach County: The World's Peach Paradise by Marilyn Neisler Windham
Peach County: The World’s Peach Paradise is a delightful visual history that features a newly discovered and quite remarkable photographic collection and brings to life one of the most formative periods in Peach County’s history. The 1920s were a magical time in Peach County, Georgia. For one day every year from 1922 to 1926 a Greek-style event in fairy-tale fashion—the Peach Blossom Festival, the precursor of the Georgia Peach Festival—was held in honor of the peach in the county seat. The peach was of tremendous importance to the economy and people of Peach County, and when Fort Valley decided in 1922 to host the first Peach Blossom Festival and to invite the world, the world responded. Thousands came for the festivals, which were said to rival Mardi Gras and California’s Rose Festival, and which even attracted the attention of National Geographic and Hollywood movie studios.

Available from Arcadia Publishing

Library Fines and Fees
Effective November 1, 2012 - Library fines and fees balance must be below $5.00 before checking out library materials. All library fines and fees must be paid in full before using library computers.

GO FISH Education Center Passes
Go Fish Education Center Public libraries across the state will begin loaning family passes for the Go Fish Education Center in Perry. The family passes, when presented with a valid library card, will be good for free admission to the center for as many as six family members, a potential savings of up to $30.00 READ MORE

Zoo Atlanta Library Program Launches Statewide
Georgia families can now check out free excursions to Zoo Atlanta, just by owning a library card. A new partnership between Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Public Library Service allows adults with valid library cards access to the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass at any participating public library branch throughout the state of Georgia.

One Zoo Atlanta Family Pass is available for checkout in each participating public library. The pass may be checked out once per year, per card, per household, and is valid for two adults and up to two children. The Family Pass also includes a library loan of the WSB-TV-produced DVD, "Animal Explorers." The pass is not valid for fee-based events or programs and may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Standard general admission will apply to families with additional children; children must be accompanied by an adult.

For full details on accessing and using the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass call the Thomas Public Library at (478) 825-1640 or the Byron Public Library at (478) 956-2200 or visit zooatlanta.org

Free Annual Credit Report
Your credit report, or credit file disclosure, is a record of your credit activities. Your credit is very important in determining how much you can borrow, the interest rate and the terms of loans. With your permission, your credit report may even be considered by potential employers.

As a Georgia resident, you are entitled by the Fair Business Practices Act to receive two FREE credit reports per year from each of the three major reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

To receive your free reports, you must go to a single central source, www.annualcreditreport.com where you may view your report online. You may also call the central request line 1-800-322-8228 to receive a copy by mail. If you prefer, you can also go to the Federal Trade Commission's website and print out an Annual Credit Report Request Form, to be completed and mailed to:

Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

For more information please visit the following:
Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs (The State of Georgia)
The Federal Trade Commission Free Annual Credit Report

Librarians are available to assist you in obtaining your free annual credit reports.

Donate Your High School Yearbook
Peach Public Libraries is attempting to complete our collection of Fort Valley High School and Peach County High School Yearbooks. If you have unwanted copies of yearbooks from Fort Valley High School or Peach County High School, please consider donating them to the library. All donations to Peach Public Libraries are tax deductible. Please ask for a donation receipt letter at the time of donation.

ParkPass Library Loan Program
With a valid library card you can borrow a Georgia State Parks Annual ParkPass and an individual Historic Sites Visitors Pass for up to 7 days. READ MORE

New Releases for June 2020

  • 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
  • American Crusade by Pete Hegseth
  • Bombshell by Stuart Woods
  • Careful What You Click For by Mary B. Morrison
  • Credible Threat by J.A. Jance
  • Daddy's Girl by Danielle Steel
  • Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Don't Burn This Book by Dave Rubin
  • Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
  • Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer
  • The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
  • Hideaway by Nora Roberts
  • Hush by James Patterson
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Palette by Funmi Fetto
  • Pelosi by Molly Ball
  • The Persuasion by Iris Johansen
  • The Summer House by James Patterson
  • Tom Clancy Firing Point by Mike Maden
  • Truth and Justice by Fern Michaels
  • Wrath of Poseidon by Clive Cussler


* This is not a complete list of all of our new titles, only a selected few. Please come into the library to checkout all our new arrivals or search the Georgia PINES catalog before visiting the library.

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