B U S I N E S S + C U LT U R E 71 There are computer stations for adults, children and teens, a 3-D printer within the maker space, classrooms for educational and art activities, microfilm facilities, and numerous meeting rooms available by reservation. To handle the increased volume of visitors and expanded technology options, the new library has 1-Gigabit internet connection to provide visitors with high-speed data, including Wi-Fi throughout the library. Vicente said the services provided by the library goes beyond the building. “We have more than 60,000 books on the shelves in this library,” Vicente said, “but through the Georgia Public Library Service people have access to more than 10 million books.” The Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is a statewide lending system that creates a “borderless library,” where library cardholders have access to books and materials that can be delivered to their local library free of charge. The PINES library card also provides free access to eBooks, audiobooks, foreign language courses, artistic work, use of an ancestry database, tutoring services, and much more. “The library is more than information, it is an active experience,” Vicente said. “It is a place where families can come and experience something educational and entertaining.” www.sgrl.org Bob Goddard, past president of the Lowndes Valdosta Arts Commission, disscuses with artist Steven S. Walker his photography exhibit on display at the Willis L. Miller Library. The Turner Center for the Arts is providing a rotation of artwork for display in the library’s lobby.