Ed Worso, GCPL Director

We’ve had an eventful few weeks at GCPL with citizens across the county asking numerous good questions pertaining to the bond issue – all of which we’re eager to address. We look forward to more at our numerous town hall meetings (see schedule).

The need to ask our neighbors for help is not one that we take lightly. With our upcoming bond issue we are addressing an ongoing problem that our system has had for decades. Structural issues are making our buildings a burden to our community. Although they may appear to function properly, there are problems that a fresh coat of paint alone cannot repair. See the January 2017 Lines & Links article for more information.

Add to that the growth of our beautiful county has expanded the number of people we are lucky enough to serve. Though we have an excellent and committed facilities staff who work diligently to maintain our buildings, in some instances they are simply not enough to provide quality space for our residents any longer.

As librarians, when we see a need, we instinctively want to help. From enrolling our youngest readers into the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten plan, free after school programs to the students in our county, book discussion that gather our friends and neighbors together and even community quilting nights, we are committed to our community. 

With the opportunity for friends and neighbors to vote for our upcoming bond issue, we have been given the opportunity to answer questions, which is all we can really ask for. We encourage anyone who may need more information on this issue to please ask. In fact, if you need more information on any issue at all we would love for you to stop into our libraries and simply ask a librarian. After all, that is what we are here for.