Upgrades continue at Greenland Branch Library
by Northwest Arkansas Times
Members of the Washington County Library System board on Thursday heard a progress report about efforts to improve circulation at the Greenland Branch Library.
"We're really proud of what we've done at the library," said Juliet Richey, member of the Friends of Greenland Library.
She said the library facilities have been updated and the city of Greenland provided several items over the past few months toward that end.
Among the city's contributions were replacing carpet and window blinds; upgrading interior lighting; purchasing and installing a new librarian's desk, bookcase, two computer desks for patrons, and planters with flowers; acquiring new display shelves for audiovisual items; and completing preparatory work for future shelving.
"When we started this thing, the library was kind of a depressing place to walk into," Greenland Mayor John Gray said.
Now, he said, it is an "upbeat place to be. "
Ann Harbison, who is a justice of the peace representing the Greenland area, said there are plans to possibly purchase a home near Taylor Park in town to be used for a library. The house is about 1, 800 square feet.
Board members also reviewed statistics at the Greenland library. There were eight new cardholders in June, system Director Glenda Audrain noted.
She said that is the most new cardholders in a month at the library "in quite a while."
Items checked out in the library totaled 889 in June compared to 732 in June 2007.
Audrain also talked about the library open house scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Activities will include an end-of-summer reading program celebration featuring Marshall Mitchell in concert at 1 p. m., hourly book giveaway drawings for children and adults, and refreshments.
There will be many new books, music and DVDs on the shelves.
The event is sponsored by the library system and the Friends of the Greenland Library.
System staff have completed the collection project at the Greenland branch, weeding the collection, adding a range of new materials and developing new collections for local travel and classic fiction as requested.
New display spaces have been created throughout the collection.
There will be two library system staff members splitting time working at the branch.
Gray thanked the system staff for working with the city.
In another matter Thursday, board members reviewed the system's proposed budget for 2009. Total projected revenues are about $ 2. 51 million, with about $ 1. 39 million to go to the municipal libraries in Elkins, Farmington, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Springdale and West Fork. The budget recommends an average 8. 6 percent increase in allocations to these libraries.
Projected branch library expenses for the Greenland and Winslow sites are $ 60, 952.
Total projected expenses for the library system are about $ 1. 92 million.