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History room upgrades up for discussion Tuesday

The local history room at the Halifax Public Library could be seeing some upgrades in the near future. 

Previously, it was brought to the Halifax County/South Boston Library Board of Trustees’ attention that some felt the documents were not being stored properly. Currently there are several file cabinets filled with envelopes stuffed with historic documents as well as a safe with historic documents. 

In May, Library Director Jay Stephens and Chairman Bee Espy met Edward Gaynor, head of collection development and description at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, when he visited Black Walnut Plantation in Clover to accept a large collection of early manuscripts from Halifax County resident John Thrift. 

The board plans to meet Tuesday at the Halifax Public Library at 4:30 p.m. to discuss extending an invitation to Gaynor to visit the library and provide input concerning the Local History Room. 

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, board members will continue discussion on the exterior signage at the Halifax Public Library. 

During June’s monthly meeting, Stephens told members the wooden sign near the post office is in a “bit of stage of despair,” and he said he had talked with Town Manager Carl Espy about removing it and refurbishing it or installing a new sign. No action was taken at the June meeting. 

Board members also are slated to discuss the following agenda items at the meeting Tuesday: 

Upcoming grant opportunities for the library; 

 Updating the board’s by-laws; and

 Meeting schedule for the remainder of calendar year 2014.  

The library director also plans to share a financial report, a statistical report and his director’s report. Branch Manager Chris Thompson also is expected to give a report.