Changes planned for county library

January 12, 2013

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County officials are looking into creating a new children’s area at the Hood County Library to accommodate a growing patronage and also reduce the noise inevitably caused by little ones.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Dick Roan, who sits on the board of Friends of the Library, said he has asked county maintenance director Tim Flower to look into the costs involved in turning the back porch area of the library into a children’s area. Roan said he has asked Flower to look at everything from “security to heating and air conditioning.”

Roan said that enclosing the back porch would allow for expansion of the library without having to purchase land. According to Friends of the Library member Dee Gormley, the library serves as many as 1,000 citizens per day.

“It’s busy like that all day long. Courtney has really grown the services,” Roan said, referring to Courtney Kincaid, a county employee who is in charge of the library.

This month, Friends of the Library – a volunteer group that has grown to about 300 – is expanding its Used Book Store hours. The store, which is located in a room at the library, is now open six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Over the years, the group has raised several hundred thousand dollars. The money has been for many things, including landscaping at the library and the purchase of audio books, computers, additional shelving, new flooring and new carpet.

Hood County residents can help speed the creation of the new children’s area by joining Friends of the Library for a $10 membership fee.

While volunteers are always needed and welcome for various projects, joining does not have to mean a commitment of time.

Roan said that anyone who simply wants to make a donation to benefit the library can certainly do so. He said that any county commissioner could accept the donation. Commissioners offices are located at Annex 1, 1410 W. Pearl St.

Their main office number is 817-579-3300.

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