Public Library could be moving into school district

(WEAU) - The D.R. Moon Public Library may be moving from its address on Fourth Avenue to the Stanley Boyd School District, about a half a mile away.

“I think our facility is grossly inadequate as it fits today in Stanley. It doesn't offer the computer services that it should have available because there isn't the space and also it doesn't have enough services for children,” said Mayor Dave Jankoski.

The changes would include more space than the current public library provides. As a result the mayor is in favor of at least saving the building.

"I am definitely in favor of saving the public library building, its on the national register. But I do support the idea of moving the library to the school if we can work out an arrangement with the school," said Mayor Dave Jankoski.

Not all community members are in favor of the move. Brian Solie started a petition drive against the move that has already gathered 560 signatures.

“Well of course the people who use this library, most of them are opposed to the move. We have an elderly person who likes to walk to the library” said the Public Library Director Susan Director.

Meanwhile the District Superintendant, Jim Jones, doesn't see any hindrance on the school district to allow community members on school grounds.

“We’re already open because of the pool. So we already have that public element in and out of that very same door,” said District Superintendant Jim Jones.

There's another meeting between stakeholders in the next month or so. The move hinges on an agreement between all parties. The mayor added that the estimated cost for the move is 70,000 dollars, mostly for shelving. If it moves, he says City Hall would move into the library building.

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  • by Lori Location: Stanley on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    I take issue with the Mayor's comments. First of all, the committee that studied needed remodeling quoted 85k as their estimate, using the LOWEST choices where there were choices. Already well above the number of 7k cited by the mayor. This does NOT include the cost of putting the school on the MORE system, which may well exceed 10k, nor does it all for any extra staffig for the transition time while barcoding is done, etc. It does not include extra staff hours weeding both the school and public libraries to cut down on the number of duplicate copies. The mayor's figure is, in my opinion, purposely understated as this is a move that he clearly wants. I want to get the facts out and let the people of the AREA decide, not have the mayor railroad threw and then have the public pay the price later.
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