The Volusia County Big Read Program 2016

January 17 – February 28, 2016
The Volusia County Public Library received a $15,000 Big Read Grant.

The Big Read

The Big Read

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts offered Big Read grants totaling more than $1 million to 75 nonprofit organizations.

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Big Read program encourages community reading through programs designed around a single book. The Volusia County Public Library selected Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” as its Big Read title. It is the rare American novel that can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and reread into adulthood without fear of disappointment.

  • Mary “Scout” Badham will be at Stetson University
  • Bethune-Cookman University will host a music program at News-Journal Center
  • Staged Reading at the Historic Courthouse
  • “Hey, Boo!” will be playing at the Cinematique
  • Book discussion at The Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach

For Details/Dates on these Special Events and More…

Electronic Toys Lose Out in Encouraging Early Language Skills

By Sharon Wills
Just read a heartwarming article on the benefits of reading good old books and playing with simple toys – no technology, no talking creatures, no bells or lights. Researchers installed sound equipment in 26 homes of parents with infants 12 to 16 months old to record child/parent verbalizing while playing with different types of toys and books. It’s a small sample size but with definitive results: playing with electronic toys resulted in decreased quantity and quality of language input. Hurrah for simplicity!


“These results add to the large body of evidence supporting the potential benefits of book reading with very young children.”

Read the article on Neuroscience News!

Programs for Kids, January 2016

Libraries: The Place for Kids!

Libraries: The Place for Kids!

Computer Classes to Get You Up-to-speed!

Join Charlyn on Wednesdays and get up-to-speed with your computer skills!

Join Charlyn on Wednesdays and get up-to-speed with your computer skills!

When we ask our members how they feel about computers their answers range from “Wish I had never heard the word,” to “How did we ever live without them!” Regardless of our personal feelings, we can all agree that like the wheel and light bulb computers are here to stay. We use them to write, to keep in touch with friends and family. We download books to our Kindles and Nooks and iPads, and carry our library with us wherever we go. We shop online and fill out forms and applications for almost every service that exists. (…more)

Computer Lab

The Computer Lab, located in the Adult Computer area. offers hands-on instruction to patrons in a quiet facility in the library. The Computer Lab hours will support an open curriculum to answer questions about basic computer use, email, the Internet, eBooks, and job search/resume writing.
Open Lab Hours:

  • Tuesday: 9-11 AM
  • Wednesday: 1-3 PM
  • Thursday: 3-4:30 PM

Library laptops are available on a first come/first serve basis. Patrons are welcome to bring their own laptops.