A brand new 1.7 million dollar library in Twiggs County is set to close Tuesday night due to lack of funds. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal joined local officials in cutting the ribbon just two weeks ago.
Public libraries have been preparing themselves for what many believe could be a surge in visitors as online health insurance exchanges open under the Affordable Care Act. “In large swaths of Georgia, the only place you can get free internet is at your public library,” said Alan Harkness, director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus.
The family papers of artist and civil rights activist Edwin Harleston are now open to researchers and the public at Emory University. The papers are in Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, which houses papers from artists, art historians and art collectors.
Many libraries have had to cut hours and close their doors some days this recession. The state has cut funding to libraries 30 percent in the last few years, and on top of that money from local property taxes is down, as well as private funding.
Thousands of boxes containing millions of items are about to be moved from the University of Georgia's main library to a new building that will house special collections. Many of the items are so valuable that the library is hiring specially trained movers to handle them.
Tornado victims in northwest Georgia are reporting thefts and scams in the wake of last week's deadly storms. There are six reports. When deadly storms last week cut power in Nortwest Georgia, public libraries helped fill a void. The downtown library in Rome had power for days when more rural areas did not.