Need for new library ‘is a given’

Published 4:22 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2016


We would like to thank Tom Hughes, of James River Slate Co., for donating a load of gravel for the Buckingham County Public Library parking lot, as well as to A.C. Lightfoot, for hauling and spreading it. 

Without the assistance of our community businesses and citizens, we could not continue with our services.

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In 1996, an assessment was made that the library needed to expand. The existing building could not be enlarged in any capacity.

In 2008, the search for a new home began. Working with two separate boards of supervisors, it was finally approved to be built on the parcel on Wingo Road last year.

Over $65,000 has been spent from library funds working toward this end. The Friends of the Library have been instrumental in raising these funds in good faith that the county’s new board will continue with the plans. 

Many have written to this editor voicing their opinions on why or why not we need a new library. It was assessed almost 20 years ago that, yes, we need a new library. That is a given. The only thing “archaic” about our library is the building it is inhabiting at this time.

The Buckingham County Public Library will continue working toward our goal of creating a better space in which to serve. 

Together this can be a reality for our county, and it will allow us to assist our community in their continuing endeavors on the 21st century informational highway. Thank you all for your support!

Jo Elaine Justis

Library Board Member

New Canton