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
AARP Tax-Aide Program
AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be available at the Thomas Public Library, Fort Valley, each Wednesday beginning February 4, 2015 from 9:30am 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
Limited Federal and State of Georgia 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. Additional tax forms and publications are available online from the Internal Revenue Service and the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Prime Time Preschool Programs
Peach Public Libraries is seeking families with children ages 3 to 5 years old to participate in a series of programs focusing on literacy acquisition and early literacy skills.
Byron Library Closed Saturdays
Effective, January 1, 2015, the Byron Public Library will be closed on Saturdays. Regular operating hours for the Byron Public Library will be
|Monday||9:30 am - 5:30 pm|
|Tuesday||9:30 am - 7:00 pm|
|Wednesday||9:30 am - 5:30 pm|
|Thursday||9:30 am - 5:30 pm|
|Friday||9:30 am - 1:30 pm|
Online Voter Registration
Georgians can now register to vote online using the Georgia Office of Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration System.
Savings Sense Coupon Workshop
Our first Savings Sense workshop at Thomas Public Library was a huge hit. Visit our facebook page for photos from the event. We are now accepting pre-registrations for another Savings Sense Coupon Workshop to be held at the Byron Public Library. Please call the Byron Library at (478) 956-2200 to pre-register.
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 2015
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
- Beyond the Sunrise by Mary Balogh
- Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
- Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner
- Fang by James Patterson
- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
- I Was Here by Gayle Forman
- Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
- Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
- Private Vegas by James Patterson
- Prodigal Son by Danielle Steele
- The Reaper by Nicholas Irving
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
- Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn
- Twelve Days by Lex Berenson
- Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
* 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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