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 Board of Trustees Meeting
Peach Public Libraries Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:15pm at Thomas Public Library, Fort Valley.
Presidents Day Holiday
Peach Public Libraries will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016 in recognition of the Presidents Day Holiday. The libraries will reopen Tuesday, February 16th at 9:30am.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Part-Time Library Assistant
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Peach Public Libraries is seeking applicants for a part-time (maximum 19.5 hours per week) Library Assistant for the Byron Public Library in Byron and the Thomas Public Library in Fort Valley. 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 Wednesday beginning February 10, 2016 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
A limited amount of Federal tax booklets are available at Peach Public Libraries at Thomas Public Library in Fort Valley or Byron Public Library in Byron. Some tax forms are also available. The State of Georgia does not provide tax forms for distribution at the libraries. Additional tax forms and publications are available online from the Internal Revenue Service and the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Peach Book Worms - Peach Public Libraries' Kid Newsletter
Check out the January 2016 edition of Peach Book Worms - Peach Public Libraries' Kid Newsletter
Join Goodreads and Peach Public Libraries' Goodreads Group
- 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
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.
Online Voter Registration
Georgians can now register to vote online using the Georgia Office of Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration System.
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.
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.
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
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:
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 February 2016
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
- Arcadia by Iain Pears
- The Art of War by Stephen Coonts
- Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
- Blue by Danielle Steel
- Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
- Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman
- Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
- The Collapse of Parenting by Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D.
- Find Her by Lisa Gardner
- The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
- The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
- The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
- Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
- Morning Star by Pierce Brown
- No More Mr. Nice Guy by Carl Weber
- NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
- Robert B. Parker's Blackjack by Robert Knott
- Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson
- Sweaterweather by Sara Varon
- Violent Crimes by Phillip Margolin
* 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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