News Briefs: New library director; free WiFi at Woodruff Park; famed poet Nikki Giovanni to read at Emory

Gayle Holloman

Gayle Hunter Holloman has been named the new executive director of the Fulton County Library System. Holloman, who has served with the system since 1994, most recently served as the library division manager, with responsibility for the daily operations of the 34 library branches.

Georgia’s Own Credit Union announced it will fund a second year of free WiFi at Woodruff Park in Downtown as part of its continued commitment to supporting the park and its goals for the community. From the program’s inception in October 2018, during which 376 unique users logged on for 736 total sessions, Internet usage has grown throughout the year to approximately 1,000 users per month, with an average of three sessions per user. In October 2019, the park welcomed 980 unique users – 665 of them new – totaling 3,194 sessions.

Celebrated activist and poet Nikki Giovanni will read her work on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The event is open to the public at no charge. Tickets are not required, but seating will be limited. Books and a limited-edition broadside will be for sale at the reading, with a signing immediately after.

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