News and Announcements

Library to Host Health Talk on Medication Use

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, FL, September 20, 2019 – On Tuesday, October 1st at 1:00PM the Central Ridge branch of the Citrus County Library will be hosting “Health Talk: The Who, What, Where, and How of Medication Use”. During this presentation Larry Diamond, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator will educate the audience on the complicated world of medication and drug interactions. This talk will focus on safety and the importance of understanding what types of effects medications can have on the body, how they work, and the possibility of allergies. For more information call (352) 746-6622 or visit

New hours announced at the Animal Shelter

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Beginning October 15, 2019 the Citrus County Animal Shelter will be closing from 1pm-2pm for staff lunches.

The Shelter will be extending public hours for the kennels, which will now remain open along with the front office until 5pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7pm on Thursdays and, 5pm Fridays and Saturdays.

This new schedule will give us the opportunity to enable staff training and ensure that our customer service experience will be smooth since the Shelter will be fully staffed during open hours.

Come check out our fur friends and don’t forget we're open Saturdays!

Paranormal Experience at the Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, FL, September 18, 2019 – The Citrus County Library System invites those curious about the supernatural to the Coastal Region branch in Crystal River on Friday, October 4th for a look at the world of the paranormal. At 1:00 PM there will be a screening of the cinematic classic “Hocus Pocus”, a movie featuring witches from the 17th century transported to modern times.

At 2:00 PM Laurie Champion of Pinellas/Pasco Paranormal, who has more than 40 years of experience, will be speaking about haunt resolutions, crypto research, and how they focus on paranormal education. You will also be able to speak with Katie Novak, of Karma Cottage on Citrus Ave., about gemstones and other treats for the soul. These programs are free to the public, visit or call (352) 795-3716 for more information.

Free Diabetes Workshop to be held

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

A free Diabetes Workshop will be held at Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Laurel James, BSN, MA, will be the presenter of this very informative workshop.  Many topics related to living with Diabetes will be covered.

There is no charge for the workshop but seating is limited. Please call (352)527-5993 to sign up for this workshop or if you have questions. 

Water Conservation Program to be offered: Simple ways to save water even when it’s raining

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Join Extension experts for conservation tips at an informative Water Conservation Program at the Central Ridge Library located at 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Beverly Hills, on Monday September 23, from 10:30 to 12 noon or at the Homosassa Library located at 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa, on Thursday, September 26, from 2 to 3:30 pm. 

As we head into the fall dry season, availability of fresh, clean water remains a concern.  Conserving water is one simple strategy both indoors and out in the landscape. There are many ways to complete necessary tasks while still saving water (and money!).

Pre-registration not required but appreciated by calling the UF/IFAS Extension at 352-527-5700.  

15th Annual Healthy Living Fair

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Join Citrus County Support Services on Friday, November 8, 2019 from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the 15th Annual Healthy Living Fair! Sponsor for our event are Citrus County Chronicle.  Registering now for Sponsors and vendors.

Admission is free!  There will be over 50 vendors on site offering free information, health screenings, demonstrations, product sampling and door prizes. 

The Circle of Friends Gift Shop will be offering a 10% discount on the day of the event, plan to start your holiday shopping with some of their unique gift items. 

Proceeds to benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.

For information or to be a vendor or sponsor at our event, please call. 352-527-5975

Volunteer Opportunities at Hernando/Citrus the Metropolitan Planning Organization

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Volunteer Opportunities at Hernando/Citrus the Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has the following citizen volunteer positions available:


•             Public Transit User, resident of Citrus County

•             Low Income and/or Minority Representative, resident of Hernando County

•             Resident of the City of Crystal River


•             Resident of the City of Crystal River



•             Hernando County Resident, 60 + years of age

Volunteer applications can be found online at: Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information

Keep the Light On during Banned Books Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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Keep the Light On during Banned Books Week

BEVERLY HILLS, FL, September 11, 2019 – Banned Books Week 2019 is September 22-28. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s, a time of increased challenges, organized protests, and the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content.

Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

The Citrus County Library System is celebrating the freedom to read by establishing Banned Book Week displays at each of its branches. You can learn more about banned and challenged books by visiting your local branch or following the library on Facebook by searching for @citruslibraries.

Citrus County Children Need Your Help

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child.

No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child in Citrus County.

Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.

For some of us, that advocacy comes in a formal role. Teachers, childcare workers, health care providers and others who come into daily contact with children can be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect. Their actions to report suspected abuse or to offer extra time and attention to fragile children can do more than make a difference. It can save lives.

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers also put their passion for the well-being of children into action. Assigned to advocate for abused and neglected children, GAL volunteers make sure kids do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in foster homes. Volunteers advocate for the children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

For many abused children, their GAL volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Intense advocacy can break the cycle of abuse and neglect. When children grow up in homes where their only adult role models respond to them with violence and disregard for their needs, they repeat that cycle with their own children. When a GAL volunteer intercedes, it not only changes the course of one child’s life, it makes an impact for generations.

Your advocacy for children not only will help end child abuse, it will improve our community for everyone who lives here. Children who are abused and do not get the support they need to heal are more likely than other kids to drop out of school, end up homeless, turn to crime, and rely as adults on social welfare programs. When we work together to protect vulnerable children, it saves lives and tax dollars.

There are many life-threatening and incurable diseases that sadly afflict children. However, we have the cure to child abuse. It lies within each of us. Now is the time to act. 

If you are interested in making this cause, your cause, become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.  Contact Diana Gisonni at 352-812-6971 or email her at  For more information, visit our website –   A free two day training is scheduled to begin September 20, 2019 in Ocala, Florida.  Pre-registration is required as spaces are limited.

Tim Dorsey to Visit Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, FL, September 5, 2019 – Join us in welcoming New York Times best-selling author Tim Dorsey to the Central Ridge branch in Beverly Hills on Saturday, September 28th from 2pm to 4pm as part of his “No Sunscreen for the Dead Tour”. This free event will consist of a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Tim's books feature a variety of colorful characters and are set in various locations around the state of Florida. Readers follow the antics of Serge Storm, a clever antihero with a penchant for murder. Serge finds himself in fascinating places around the state of Florida, and the reader is often treated to a special history lesson referencing the area.

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time


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