Library in Need

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

The Jefferson County Public Library is a slice of the good life for local residents, but step inside and you'll see a different picture; a rain-soaked ceiling just a few feet away from books and walls discolored from falling rain, just a few of the problems plaguing the facility.

Linda Hamedani, Jefferson County Public Library Director, says, "We have a leaky roof. At the moment we have elevator problems, the floors are sinking. We don't have a lot of options."

County officials had hoped to close the books on the deal to move the library to the media center at the old Jefferson County High School, but school officials opted to move the adult school to the facility.

Phil Barker, Jefferson County School Superintendent, says,” As it stands now, the adult school has moved into the media center. They're occupying that now, they're getting settled in. Until the board chooses or discusses the option to move into a different facility, the adult school will stay in their new setting."

It’s a setting that would have been ideal for library patrons.

Linda Hamedani says, "The community kind of feels it's just economically feasible for us to go into debt. It's way more space than they need and they have other options, there are other buildings that would accommodate the space they need."

In the meantime, library officials are beginning a new chapter searching for a new home. They fear if one is not available soon, the library could close its doors permanently.


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