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Leon County Public Library Newsletter May 2022

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May 2022

Kaycee Shiley

 Meet Innovation Officer Kaycee Shiley!

Kaycee is the new Innovation Officer at the Library, and she’s honored and thrilled to join the team during such an exciting time.

Kaycee moved to Leon County a little over ten years ago and fell in love with the sense of community. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University in Panama City, and her master’s in Library and Information Services from FSU in Tallahassee.

She started her library career at the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System as the Youth Services and Community Relations Librarian before moving to the Florida Bureau of Library Development. She spent almost five years there, first as the E-Government Consultant, and then as the Youth Services Consultant, where she worked with library staff across Florida. She’s excited to lead the implementation of the Essential Libraries Initiative to support our community.

When you see her at the Library be sure to stop and say hello!


Join us throughout May for #PlantWildflowers events and activities that celebrate and support our local pollinators. 

Free packets of wildflower seeds are available at all Library locations while supplies last.

BioBlitz Week: Become a Citizen Scientist
May 9 - 13

Become a citizen scientist in this self-directed activity by observing and collecting plant and animal data during BioBlitz Week. A BioBlitz is a celebration of biodiversity where participants find and identify as many naturally occurring species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.

BioBlitz bags with bee ID cards, packets of wildflower seeds, bookmarks, and other materials will be available at all library locations while supplies last.

What’s the Buzz?: All About Bees with Tony Hogg
Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m.
Main Library

Join us for a fascinating event as Tony Hogg, owner of Full Moon Farms, an apiary in Monticello, Florida, discusses the process of pollination and how pollination and bees are essential to the survival of human beings and Earth’s ecosystems. The Leon County Office of Sustainability will also be on hand to discuss the County's pollinator-friendly practices and tell the wholesome story of relocating bees from the Solid Waste Facility to Second Harvest of the Big Bend to support their sustainability vision.

My Garden of a Thousand Bees Documentary Screening
Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
All Library locations

Join us in person at all Leon County Library locations for a viewing of he 2021 documentary My Garden of a Thousand Bees by wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn. Dohrn spends his time during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown filming the bees in his urban garden and discovers the many diverse species and personalities that exist in this insect family.

Pollination Celebration with Mark Tancig
Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
Woodville Branch Library

Mark Tancig of UF/IFAS Extension Leon County will discuss how pollinator communities directly affect human beings and help participants identify plants and animals at the Woodville Branch Library. Join us for a stroll outside the Library as we identify and collect information on the diverse ecosystem of the area.

Find out more about these events and activities at

Florida Emancipation Day

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee-Leon County on May 20, 1865, eleven days after the end of the American Civil War and two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed those enslaved in Southern states. The Proclamation was read by Union General Edward M. McCook from the steps of the Knott House, effectively ending slavery in the state of Florida.

One hundred and fifty-five years later, in 2020, Leon County became the first county in Florida to officially recognize Florida’s Emancipation Day as a County holiday through a unanimous vote of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners.

In celebration of Florida Emancipation Day, check out these library resources to learn something new about our state's history and the events that shaped our community.

Created Equal

Created Equal
May 26 at 5:30 p.m.
The Moon, 1105 E Lafayette St.

Join a conversation that examines how national and statewide perspectives on voting access and security impact our local community. This impactful and timely program will be hosted by the Village Square and Leon County Government.

As a cornerstone of American Democracy, there is a fundamental link between trust in election infrastructure and equal access to the ballot box. In recent years, more than 400 voter security bills have been introduced in 48 states. Yet according to experts, measures such as strict voter ID laws, restricted registration, and narrowed voting times disproportionately impact people of color, students, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Are elections fair and secure for everyone? Should we be doing more?

This year’s Created Equal program will address these questions by connecting academic experts, community members, and advocates to look at voter security and the right for all people to vote. The discussion will encourage residents to advocate for voter engagement among family, friends, and within our community.

Register to reserve your free seat at


Celebrating Life, Understanding Death

Don't miss the remaining events in this six-part series.

Starting the Conversation: Advance Directives and Wills
Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.

How to Live With Grief and Supporting Children through Loss
Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m.

Funeral Planning and Legacies
Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m.

Sitting with the Dying: Rituals and Care at the Bedside
Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m.

Each event is offered in person at the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library and via Zoom. 
To find out more and to register for the Zoom link, visit our calendar.


Children's Book Week Story Time
Northeast Branch Library
Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a special preschool story time during Children's Book Week. Come celebrate books and reading with fun stories, songs, and rhymes. This program is directed towards children ages 3-6 and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome!

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