Fans of the Perry Library should come by Saturday with some bags, so they can check out the maximum -- 50 books -- before the Washington Street location closes for renovation.
A temporary site in part of the former Perry Primary School should open in the coming weeks, but people who check out books will have until Sept. 4 to return them to the temporary location, said J. Sara Paulk, director of the Houston County Public Library System.
“You check ’em out, you take ’em home and you return them to the new place. You’re helping us move by checking out 50 books,” Paulk said.
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Saturday’s hours will be the regular ones, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers will still be welcomed early next week to help the library get ready for the move. Anyone willing to help should dress comfortably, and work will be going on 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Paulk said. Professional movers will take care of the rest.
The new library will be expanded and more functional, Paulk said, allowing the library to hold children’s programs without taking over the lobby. A meeting room will be self-contained.
The library was built in 1971 and was expanded once before. It will keep a similar look, in line with the character of Perry, Paulk said. The regular Perry Library site will reopen after about 10 months of construction.
The project is funded by $1.8 million from state bonds and $600,000 from Houston County’s special purpose local option sales tax. “We’ve benefited from every SPLOST,” Paulk said.