Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner said that the city is “more than willing” to find a “total solution” for issues brought before city council Monday by representatives and supporters of the library in Carrollton.
Director of the West Georgia Regional Library System, Roni Tewksbury urged council to consider three requests:
The first, Tewksbury says, is “clearing up the identity crisis at 710 Rome Street.”
“There are three things inside that building—there is the headquarters; there is the extension services department which by the way is a separate branch; and then there is the public services part of the library,” Tewskbury explained during a power-point presentation Monday. “I would like to get official approval from the city to change the sign in the front of the library… that officially names the public services portion of the library as The Carrollton Public Library. It will say Neva Lomason Memorial Library, West Georgia Regional Headquarters and Carollton Public Library.”
The second request from Tewksbury was gauging council’s interest in officially changing the library’s name to “Carrollton Public Library.”
“Can we begin steps to making the library a city department,” she asked.
Tewksbury then asked for council to consider future funding support for the library but did not list a specific amount.
“Will we be able to get adequate funding in the future to increase our hours back to what they used to be,” she asked. “We used to be open 67 hours a week. Now we are open about 47 hours a week. It needs to be better than that.”
When pressed by a council member on what the library could do if the city was unable to meet the requests, Tewksbury said that “plan b” would be to make the same presentation to Carroll County government.