Live Oak Public Libraries Proudly Fly the American Flag Again

Currently, one of the things you will notice at any of the 19 Live Oak Public Libraries locations is the lack of an important American symbol: our country’s flag.

When you think of empowered, connected and social environments, your local library may not be the first thing that pops in your mind. But new Interim Library Director for Live Oak Public Libraries (LOPL), Jason Broughton, is transforming the community’s traditional ideals on the public library by bringing back the colors of red, white and blue.

Currently, one of the things you will notice at any of the 19 Live Oak Public Libraries locations is the lack of an important American symbol: our country’s flag.

Libraries stand as a representation of some of our beloved first amendment rights, the freedom of speech and expression. The lack of a symbol for that liberty  seems like a huge absense, but Broughton, who is the first ever African-American Interim Director of LOPL, is determined to proudly fly the American flag once again over each library in the system.

"For the first time in over a decade, Live Oak Public Libraries customers and staff have been greeted by patriotic decorations on a regular basis at Bull Street Library,” says Patricia Knight, who is on the marketing team for LOPL.

Jason has re-energized the organization's staff and brought back a sense of pride in our work, our building, and our country. Librarians are the guardians of the published word as well as public information. Libraries house all of this information and Jason Broughton lives by this principle. It has been a refreshing change."


Photo of the Bull St. Library lobby circa 1916. Courtesy of Live Oak Public Library's facebook page

Since his promotion to Interim Director in March 2016, Broughton and his team are researching ways to have flags donated by community members and considering certain memorials at locations. This encourages community engagement and pride in local libraries, revitalizing people’s interest in this public establishment.

“Right now, we’re working on transitioning the library into an innovative, connected, community-centered entity,” says Broughton. “We’re definitely not your grandma’s library.”

 As Live Oak Public Libraries shapes their focus on what communities want and expect from their local libraries, changes will be made and Jason Broughton is just the man to make it happen. 

Live Oak Public Libraries have 19 branches in three different counties, including Chatham, Effingham and Liberty. The Bull Street Library, which is Broughton’s main location, is celebrating it’s 100th year.

For more information on how to get involved with your local Live Oak Public Library, check out their website at www.liveoakpl.org.