The East Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth and Gritters library branches are all long overdue for new facilities. I am a stay-at-home dad who home-schools my children and can say first-hand that many of the library buildings in the county are outdated and not equipped for the 21st century.
Cobb County has, by far, the oldest library facilities in the metro area. To illustrate, the average age of library facilities in Forsyth County is 11 years; in Cherokee, 17 years; in Gwinnett, 19 years; and in DeKalb it is 20 years. The average age of a branch library in Cobb County is 31 years!
I applaud the county for partnering Parks and Libraries together to create a facility that will have a bigger impact on the community. Libraries are the people’s university; it is where anyone regardless of wealth or background can explore the ideas of the world and learn new skills that will enrich their lives.
Libraries across the country are using modern technology and smart building design to give the citizens of their counties access to knowledge that would not have been otherwise possible. I am excited for my children to have some of these same opportunities with the proposed library constructions.
There are other funding issues for the library such as hours but SPLOST can’t be used for library-hour extensions. We need SPLOST to help update our facilities and regular budget revenues to address hours and other issues.