Chattahoochee Valley Libraries is No. 1 among the state's large library systems in per capita program attendance.
Henry McCoy, CVL's programming and communications coordinator, announced that good news during the Muscogee County Library Board meeting Thursday.
With less than a week left in the fiscal year, CVL attracted 45,960 folks to its 1,936 programs. In order of their per capita program attendance, Georgia's other large library systems, defined as having among the 11 largest budgets, are: Augusta Regional, Atlanta-Fulton, Flint River Regional (in Griffin), West Georgia Regional (in Carrollton), Savannah Regional, Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, DeKalb County, Cobb County and Macon Regional.
McCoy told the board the top ranking "is made possible because of multiple reasons. First off, our community support."
He mentioned the Muscogee County Library Foundation, the Friends of Libraries, corporate sponsors and organizations such as the Springer Opera House, Columbus Museum, Literacy Alliance, Columbus Housing Authority and the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
Board member Owen Ditchfield chimed in, "You left one off: your hard work and great presentations you give during the programs."
"Thank you," McCoy said, "but I do want to emphasize this isn't coming out of one office. It's the community's effort that makes this so successful."
McCoy also presented a flyer listing some of the major events CVL has planned for the next fiscal year, including:
Aug. 27 -- Public education critic-turned-advocate Jamie Vollmer, author of "Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America's Public Schools," will make a presentation at 7 p.m. in an auditorium to be announced.
Sept. 20 -- The Columbus Children's Book Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Columbus Public Library, featuring: Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney (most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" author Christopher Paul Curtis, "Biscuit" creator Alyssa Capucilli, storyteller Carmen Agree Deedy, illustrator Michael P. White and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Fall 2014 and spring 2015 -- PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, an award-winning reading, discussion and storytelling series based on illustrated children's books.
December 2014 -- Holiday Fun! Free books and activities for thousands of local children, provided by the Friends of Libraries.
January 2015 -- Columbus Public Library and Muscogee County Library Foundation 10th anniversary celebration.
March-April 2015 -- The Big Read, featuring events focusing on "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Spring 2015 -- Junior FIRST LEGO League robotics camps for ages 6-9, to be conducted in all Muscogee County branches.
Summer 2015 -- Aflac Vacation Reading Program, expanded to include prizes for adults, not only children.
McCoy finished his presentation, and board chairwoman Meridith Jarrell told him, "Henry, I just can't tell you how pleasing this is. I mean, really, this is so impressive. It is just amazing."
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.