Magness Library is set to receive $116,000 in funding from Warren County government for fiscal year 2014-15.
The measure has been approved by the county’s Budget and Finance Committee and is set to go before the full Warren County Commission on June 16.
Brad Walker, director, and Pat Bigbee, chair of the library board, submitted a written request to County Executive John Pelham and county commissioners in asking for the $116,000.
The letter states, “The restoration and repairs to the exterior facade, at a cost of roughly $100,000 has greatly affected our budget. The library emergency fund will be used for this, much to the detriment of our investments, but the library building will be restored to its original beauty and service for decades to come. Any amount of help from the Warren County Commission and the city of McMinnville would be greatly appreciated, as we strive to provide the best services possible to all of the citizens and to maintain the historic, one of a kind, building on Main Street.”
The letter listed statistics for 2012-13:
• Magness Library had a circulation of 47,167 materials or 1.2 items checked out per capita.
• There were 57,714 visitors to the library during this time.
• The library provided 32 public computers to 17,036 users.
The dollar amount of $116,000 is the same given last year. According to the Tennessee standards for non-metropolitan public libraries, Maintenance of Effort requires allocation of locally appropriated public funds at a level not less than the amount appropriated in the last fiscal year.
Required by Maintenance of Effort by the State of Tennessee to be free of charge to the public are:
• Books, audios and movies
• Genealogy department
• Weekly story time on Thursday at 10 a.m. for children as well as a free telephone storyline
• Free computer classes
• Summer reading programs for children, teens and adults
• E-books and Audio books accessible with library card
• Interlibrary loans