Thomas County Library Make-Over

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
Thomas County Public Library

Courtesy: Matthew Mead

Community members joined library staff and board members as they shoveled dirt during the breaking ground ceremony today 3/22.

The library will undergo a 3 million dollar expansion project geared toward bringing more technology to the area. The beginning of phase one will start this Friday 3/25 forcing the library to shut its doors for two to four weeks.

"We've, we're trying to figure out what we wanted to do and he told us to think big so we did," said Library Director Nancy Tillinghast.

The total project's expected completion date is sometime in 2012.

The library, located on North Madison Street, will close this Friday for up to 4 weeks.

Staff members said a total of eight thousand square feet will be added to the sides of the library. This Friday starts the beginning of Phase One, leaving two more phases to go.

Library staff said thousands of residents visit the library daily.

"The contractor needs about a week - week in a half to build a wall inside the library so they can separate them and build their fencing outside," said Library Director Nancy Tillinghast.

There are several other branch libraries residents can visit over the next few weeks.

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  • by Taxpayers band together for change. Location: Tally on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    We are closing county libraries, laying off employees, cutting library services, limiting library hours, in Florida because of local dollar shortfalls. To peoople in T'ville, let your voices be heard by calling, emailing, attending public county meetings, to express your concerns with your mayor & city county commissioners. You may not be as broke as we are, or maybe you have some sort of Federal State grant of revitalization that you would loose if your county did not use it. I rather have our libraries be reburbished than our Leon co. commissioners spend 75K on consulting fee for revamping our Leon co. fairgounds, with their next statement stating that Leon County is facing 13K shortfalls for fiscal year beginning July 2012. Go Figure? City County local govs. count on State dollars and Federal dollars to come to their rescue, like begin a project and assume continuing funding, but funding is cancelled. Stay involved with your govs. decissions. This is your taxpayer money too. The mayor of Miami, FL just got recalled last week because he raised property taxes too high while their property values are still decreasing. The citizens voters put him out. Us property owners are watching that very same thing in Leon, Co. The FL legislature is working on laws to prevent FL local govs. by placing a cap that limits what a county takes in (the more a county takes in, the more they spend then their budget gets too big to sustain) Also where property taxes will not rise so it would not force us property owners to fund education teacher merit pay (just passed in Seanate & House) and healthcare. This would go on FL Voters 2012 ballot, if passes in FL Legis. if we want this local revenue limit cap; which I support. Good Luck.
  • by ga. Location: tville on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    we just built this place.........more wasteful spending by local officals, blowing money on the library, lets don't forget humane society (rich womans pet p cause she ain't got nothing better to do)....HOW BOUT PAVING THE ROADS IN THOMAS COUNTY AND IN T'VILLE WORST IN THE COUNTRY
  • by Another Taxpayer on Mar 22, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    Tax Payers Money is right - the local government acts like money is unlimited. Our leaders buy a condo to bail out their buddies bad financial desisions and then spend 3 million dollars on the library at the same time they go up on utility rates. We build a new justice center and then spend god knows how much to remodel the old courthouse - why do we need the old courthouse? That should have been left till times were better. In times like these we need to keep services and expenditures to the minimum and try to save a little money just in case - not spend like we have no limits. Just wait - they will buy the old Federal building next just so they can pay to have the asbestos removed and turn around and sell it at a loss!
  • by tax payers money Location: ga on Mar 21, 2011 at 06:57 PM
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