Sunday October 4th, 2015 5:16AM

Library board hopes for more materials, updates to main branch with SPLOST funds

By Alyson Shields Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The Hall County Library Board of Trustees wrote up a SPLOST VII wishlist at yesterday's board meeting.

According to Adrian Mixon, Library Director, they're asking for $2 million for an upgrade to the Gainesville library that serves as the home branch and $1.5 million for new materials, including eBooks, that would be distributed to all branches in the county.

"We had been expecting a change in the stand funding formula, which meant we were going to lose about eight thousand dollars," said Mixon . "And the Georgia House actually asked for that not to take place this year.

"The last thing we really discussed was the SPLOST, and they're putting together some kind of SPLOST package... they're going to have three public hearings next month... the board talked about submitting a request for $2 million to refurbish, remodel and update the downtown library and maybe give us an opportunity to improve on areas where we offer children's services, and also another $1.5 million... to purchase library materials."

Mixon said the materials would cover mostly books but also eBooks for all branches. He also mentioned that the programs aided at the main branch would eventually extend to other branches.

"The Gainesville library is the main library, this is the backbone, the hub... the administration of our network all occurs out of our Gainesville library, and so whatever goes on here kind of benefits the entire county. All our planning, children's services is organized out of Gainesville."

Mixon said the library's main source of income was from the county, and while they hadn't received their numbers yet, they had some requests: they've asked to take the staff off of furlough days and for some funds to update their delivery van.

The SPLOST meetings are set for June 10, 17 and 19. A previous story about the funding is linked below.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 9 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 9 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 9 months ago )
Local/State News
More heavy rain and flooding forecast along parts off waterlogged East Coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — While spared the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin, parts of the East Coast saw record-setting rain Saturday that shut down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of lett...
12:02AM ( 5 hours ago )
Tide rolls over Dogs in a rout
Jake Coker ran the offense to perfection, the defense turned in a dominating performance, and No. 13 Alabama even got a touchdown from its special teams Saturday in a 38-10 rout of No. 8 Georgia that re-established the Crimson Tide as a force in the national race.
By The Associated Press
11:59PM ( 5 hours ago )
Two injured in head on collision Saturday
A two car accident snarled traffic on Dawsonville Highway Saturday afternoon.
10:26PM ( 6 hours ago )
Flood Warnings issued in North Georgia
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in the north Georgia area.
10:02PM ( 7 hours ago )
6 US airmen who died in Afghanistan plane crash identified; Georgian among them
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AP) — The Department of Defense has identified the six American airmen killed when a U.S. Air Force military transport plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan.
6:04PM ( 11 hours ago )