L. E. Smoot Memorial Library
The Library currently employs four full-time and eight part-time staff, and is open seven days a week (62 hours) during the school year, and six days a week (58 hours) during the summer.
We have six computers available for patron use, with access to many computer programs, and the Internet. Four of those computers were obtained through the Gates Library Initiative. A scanner is also available for patron use.
Several reference databases are available for use in the Library, as well as being accessible from home or office through the Library's web page (www.smoot.org ). Many of these databases are available through the Info powering, the Commonwealth project of the Library of Virginia. Our automated catalog is searchable via our web page.
Other services available to our patrons include:
- Interlibrary Loan - If we do not have a book or article available, we can borrow it from another library.
- Fax machine and copier.
- Story time - We offer a morning story time year round on Wednesdays
- Children's and Adult's programs - Some of the programs offered have included music programs, our annual Family Holiday Program and Gingerbread House Contest, and Sounds of Summer music series
- Meeting Room - Community organizations can use the Memorial Room or the program area of the Work Room for meetings
- GED and English as a Second Language classes - These classes are offered during the school year on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Monday and Wednesday evenings.
- Summer Reading Program - A reading program is offered every summer to encourage kids to keep reading, thereby sustaining or improving their reading skills while out of school, a separate room for young adults is also available
- Materials available include books, periodicals, books on tape, videos, books on CD, and DVDs.
- Foreign Language collection - A patron has donated books in German and French to start the collection, and will continue to build it with books in other languages.
- The Library Director proctors tests for those taking online courses.
The Library strives to serve the County in the following roles
- Children's Door to Learning, encouraging children to develop an interest in reading and learning.
- Community Outreach, providing satellite service outside of the library building but within the community.
- Independent Learning Center to support individuals of all ages pursuing a sustained program of learning on an independent basis.
- Popular Materials Library, featuring current, high demand, high interest materials in a variety of formats.
- Reference Library to provide timely, accurate and useful information.