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Ten-year Franklin library plan presented to commissioners

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LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation Monday during its meeting on the county’s library system that projected growth over the next decade in both the system and the county itself.

Karen Dash, of the Wilmington-based Karen Dash Consulting LLC, made the presentation to the board in which she gave an overview of where the county is growing most and how the library system, which includes the central library in Louisburg as well as branches in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville, has grown in value.

“We used a tool called a ‘Library Value Calculator’ to calculate the value of goods and services that both library materials (i.e. books, magazines, DVDs, etc.) and services (reading programs, computer use) are to the county,” Dash said.

According to the value calculator, $3.7 million is the estimated total value of the county’s library system. The bulk of that value comes from books borrowed from all age groups ($1.7 million), electronic media ($625,000), and public computer usage ($564,120).

Dash also went over the data gathered in order to project the system’s needs in the next decade.

“Franklin County’s current population is around 66,188 as of 2017 and it’s estimated another 10,000 new residents would move here in the next decade, which means a 30,467-114,252 square feet combined is needed for the library system to accommodate the growth,” she said.

Recommendations from the report include identifying new locations to transfer local branches that are projected to outgrow their locations. One example given is the Franklinton branch being “landlocked” by its parking lot.

The report is currently available online as part of the Monday agenda at franklincountync.us/commissioners.

Other actions that were scheduled for action by the board, including appointments to several county boards, were deferred to next month’s regular meeting.

The next meeting of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Administrative Building, 113 Market St., Louisburg.

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