Branch libraries face possible closure

By JoAnne Meyer | May 16, 2013


Haywood County citizens are making their voices heard in Raleigh as legislators contemplate reducing library services as one way of trimming the state budget.

Sharon Woodrow, executive director of the Haywood County Library System, said a petition containing more than 2,000 signatures of county library patrons has been sent to the state capitol in support of funding public libraries. A letter of support from the library’s board of directors will also be sent, she said.

Woodrow has agreed to meet with members of the Fines Creek Community Association at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, to answer questions and provide information concerning the county’s budgetary problems and how they may affect services to local libraries.

One or both of the county’s two smaller libraries — Fines Creek and Maggie Valley — could be closed if drastic cuts are needed, she said.

“This would be a last resort and something I really don’t want to do,” she added.

A group of concerned citizens met recently at the Fines Creek Gym to discuss ways to “Save The Library.” The meeting was facilitated by Karen Hammett, president of the Fines Creek Board, with input provided by Kim Garmon, assistant director of the Haywood County Library System.

It was agreed that an effort be made to alert residents of the budget problems facing county libraries and urge them to let their voices be heard. It was further suggested that legislators and county commissioners be made aware of the many reasons a library is important to the community it serves.

The meeting with Woodrow will be held in the Fines Creek Gym. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Karen Hammett, 627-1113, or Susan Livengood, 627-1912.


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