Monday, February 14, 2011

A message from the library director

Dear Friends:
I want to thank those of you who advocated for the library by speaking at budget hearings, writing or calling the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. I can’t stress enough how much impact a heart-felt statement of support can have.
The Board of Commissioners approved the FY2011 budget for the Library System at the same amount as last year and added $300,000 to the materials budget, bringing the total library budget to $31.6 million. I believe this boost to the collection was due in large part to your expressions of support.
In addition, I want to let you know that $160,000 in capital funds will enable us to replace malfunctioning and outdated computers throughout the Library System.
While many library systems throughout Georgia and the country are struggling, we are fortunate to maintain our staffing levels, with no branch closings and no reduction of operating hours. This level of service is due to hard work on the part of our staff and to your support.
Progress continues on the Library Bond Program. The project manager from Heery/Russell and her staff are now on board in offices in the Central Library. Request for proposals for architects and contractors will be issued this spring and we anticipate having them selected by the summer. At which time the site selections for new branches must be completed.
Your voice in support of libraries truly makes a difference. Please accept my sincere thanks for your advocacy and for all that you do year round.
John F. Szabo