Members Support PreK Reading in NSB!

Thank you for making a difference!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s annual fundraising drive in support of our preK reading program raised over $2,000, an amount that will cover the enrollment of about 70 children. Today we have 408 children from New Smyrna Beach enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. These children, ranging in age from 0-5, receive a book in the mail every month. We look forward to expanding enrollment in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and also look forward to launching other early reading initiatives.

This year anyone who made a minimum donation of $30 had a chance to win a seascape oil painting (20″ x 20″) by local artist, Frank Ferrante ( The drawing was held on June 15th following our board meeting, and the winner of the painting is Ms Kathy Griffin! We plan to hand over the beautiful seascape to Kathy at our Volunteer Breakfast Meeting on June 29th. We will be posting photos from that event on Facebook and on our website.

Our 2016 Scholarship Winners

Breon Clark, Ashley Unger and Alexander Zois are three exceptional students who were awarded the Patricia and John Dowling Memorial Scholarship and the two Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library scholarships this year.




Volunteer Opportunities with Friends

We need your skills and creativity!

If you are looking for an opportunity to share your skills and creativity, we hope you will consider joining our team and becoming a volunteer. We have projects and plans for 2016, and we need a little help from members of our community who have a time to spare, who love books and libraries and who want to help our community’s children through our preK literacy programs.

We are actively looking for help in the following areas:

  • preK literacy committee and outreach activities (We are growing and we need help!),
  • membership events and outreach,
  • writing press material, online blogging, Facebook administration.

If you are interested or would like to know more, please complete the volunteer information sheet, mail it or simply drop it off at the library, and a board member will contact you!

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!

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.