Houston & Peach

Perry Library’s serious readers to help it move

PERRY -- When Perry’s library moved from its regular location to a temporary one, patrons checked out several thousand books to help the process.

Next week, they can check out more books to help the library return home.

The library is asking customers to check out as many as 50 books to help with the move.

Last year’s effort helped the library a great deal, said J. Sara Paulk, director of the Houston County Public Library System. Paulk said it also helped patrons, who got to relish dozens of offerings for more than a month.

“It gave people a sense of being involved in the move in a productive way,” she said.

Starting Monday, patrons of the Perry branch can check out 50 books that won’t be due until sometime after Memorial Day, after the library has opened in its Washington Street location. An official opening date hasn’t been set, but Paulk expects an opening in late May of the permanent library site.

There, the materials from the temporary site on Sunshine Avenue will combine with materials in storage since July. For every book shelved in the former Perry Primary School, four more had been in storage.

Paulk said the community will be delighted by the expanded library, which was rebuilt with $1.6 million in state money and $600,000 from a county sales tax initiative. The temporary site was donated by the Houston County school board.

“It’s exhilarating, because it’s open and there’s wonderful new lighting. With the expansion we’ve got window seats. I envision people coming in and looking around with huge smiles on their faces,” she said.

Other features include a greatly expanded children’s area with its own room for programming, as well as a community meeting room available for separate booking.

But first, the materials have to get in. Paulk said the 50-book checkout limit will come with generous return terms.

“We want to make it a smooth process for folks who are helping us out, so we’ll be pretty lenient, at least a month after we’re open, and then we’ll be back to regulation,” she said.

The Perry branch library is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The 50-book checkout process starts Monday and ends at 2 p.m. Saturday, when the temporary location will close to the public.