Perry Library seeks donations as renovations near completion
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Renovations to the Perry Library are almost complete. Library officials say construction moving ahead of schedule.
The library system’s director says she needs help from the community make sure the inside of the building meets the needs of residents.
After 43 years, an investment of more than $2 million, and planning from city and county, the new Perry Library is taking shape. Sara Paulk, Houston’s County’s library system director, says the renovated space is a major improvement.
“We make a difference in people’s lives every day,” Paulk said.
“We’ll be able to have expanded children’s programs because we’ll have a bigger area, and we’re having new technology upgrades. We’ll have better wireless,” Paulk said.
County commissioners say the upgrades to area libraries couldn’t have come at a better time.
“You’d be amazed. You can go to Nola Brantley in Warner Robins or the Centerville Library at peak times and it’s loaded with people,” Larry Tomson, Houston County Commissioner, said.
But there is one problem.
“[It] doesn’t have any shelves. You know we’re kind of low on money right here at the end, and we would like to get some extra furniture,” Judy Golden, the fundraising chair for the library, said.
Penny sales tax dollars from the county and the city are only covering the cost of the building and main equipment inside. Library officials say it would be nice to have a little more.
“It’ll be totally functional with the existing funds, but it’s just going to be a little bit nicer if we can get some donations,” Paulk said.
Paulk and her team have come up with a fundraiser to help pay for new furniture.
“People don’t have to give large amounts of money. If you can give $25, those $25 will add up. $10 will add up,” Golden said.
Any money received will go toward the library and not toward operating costs.
“We could scrimp, but you know it’ll be a little bit nicer if we could just get some community input and community donations,” Paulk said.
Officials are looking to complete the library by late spring. If you’d like to donate to the Perry Library’s fundraiser contact Sara Paulk at (478) 987-3050 ext. 26