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New Pittsboro library reaches first milestone

Posted Thursday, June 29, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library are delighted with recent progress in the planning of the new joint-use library to be built on the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro. The Chatham County Commissioners accepted a joint operations agreement at their June 21st meeting.

"Having researched the potential pitfalls of running joint-use libraries, we recognize what a vital first step this is in designing a combined Chatham County Public Library and CCCC Branch Library," said Reece Jones, President of the Friends.

As Linda Clarke, Director of the newly-formed Chatham County Public Libraries, described the process: "Laying the foundation for the public library's working relationship with CCCC has been a very positive experience because the staff is committed to having a true partnership. Everyone involved in the planning process is focused on the missions of our organizations in providing excellent library services to all patrons whether they are students of the community college or members of the community at large."

Karen Allen, CCCC Provost for Chatham County is looking forward to seeing two new buildings on the Pittsboro Campus: "This joint library plan expands the general library resources available to CCCC students and at the same time brings to the general public more technical resources of a community college library collection. Therefore, it is a very exciting win-win proposition. In addition, we are pleased about the new classroom building which will be constructed adjacent to the library. We plan to expand upon our sustainability programming, which includes fuels, building, water use, and agriculture, as well as addressing other training needs yet to be determined. This will provide valuable training and educational resources to the citizens of this county which will in turn positively impact economic development."

The next step, public input sessions, will be hosted on July 20 by library design consultant, Phil Barton, at the Chatham County Council on Aging (Senior Center), Hwy. 87N, Pittsboro. Known in the design profession as a "charette," the participants will discuss the features they would like to see in the library. All those who would like to join in on one of the sessions (1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM) need to sign up in advance. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the three county libraries, the bookmobile, and at CCCC.

Renee Paschal, Assistant County Manager, serves as the project manager. "Our process so far is a reflection of where we hope to go. By agreeing up front on how the library will be operated, we have gone a long way towards laying the foundation for a true partnership. We plan to continue that by sharing an architect and contractor for the two buildings. The result should be better service for our customers and greater efficiency for county taxpayers."

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