The Franklin County Public Library’s (FCPL) “Myths & Facts Virginia Wildlife Series” has won a statewide “Outstanding Adult Program” award for a library serving a population between 50,000-199,999.

The award was conferred by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. Nominations from across the state were evaluated for program creativity, impact and replicability.

Franklin County, whose official slogan is “A Natural Setting for Opportunity,” boasts a rich heritage of appreciation for the outdoors and natural resources. The county is home to farmers, hunters, anglers, gardeners and others who rely on the outdoors for their livelihood, sustenance or recreation. Recognizing the significant local interest in wildlife and natural resources, the FCPL launched its “Myths & Facts Virginia Wildlife Series” in 2017. Covering wildlife biology, habitat conservation and wildlife/human co-existence, the series has been so successful that the library has branded and institutionalized it.

FCPL survey data indicate that, regardless of topic, the highest programming expectation among the library’s adult audience is to learn from subject matter experts.

Speakers for the “Myths & Facts Virginia Wildlife Series” are biologists, ecologists and other credentialed experts, and the series combines scientific content with hands-on learning, such as Q&A with conservation police officers with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. The series receives significant funding support from the nonprofit Friends of Main Library.

-For more information, see the June 5 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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