New Library Groundbreaking Scheduled

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

People in Perry County will soon have a new place to surf the web and check out books.

Officials say they plan to break ground on a new library before the New Year.

The Perry County Library is out of room.

“We are so limited in this area here in the library in the reference and the large prints and over in the new building we're going to just have so much room for books and stuff, we've just outgrown,” Rayenna Emery said.

Library officials say the downtown library is no longer ADA compliant and site the lack of parking and book space as reasons they will make the move to Jack Lot Hollow near J.C. Penny's.

The new library is certainly going to have more parking and of course more room for their books, but some may have a challenge in having access to the books.

For people like Russell Oliver who walks to the library everyday, the new location means he might have a hard time getting there.

“I'm not sure how I'm going to get over there so, they say they might get a trolley and drive you over there its a pretty long way from downtown,” Russell Oliver said.

Library officials say research found for every one person who walks to the library, thirty others drive.

The library board hopes the new facility will open in March 2009.

Library officials say the project will cost five to six million dollars.

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