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Library approves strategic plan

Halifax County-South Boston Public Library Board approved a strategic plan for 2013-2016 and launched a fundraising drive during its meeting Tuesday evening held at the South Boston Public Library.

Library Director Joe Zappacosta informed board members Tuesday the strategic planning committee met approximately seven times over a six month period to prepare the plan for board approval.

After reviewing and approving the plan, board members praised committee members and Zappacosta for their hard work.

“This is a big step Joe,” said board member Lisa Crews.

In other business Tuesday, Zappacosta shared financial and statistical reports.

“Overall circulation is up 11 percent (for the library system),” said Zappacosta who announced the hiring of a new part time employee, Cody Duffey, who will work primarily at South Boston Public Library helping with circulation and shelving.

“We were stretching things too thin, so I decided to hire someone else,” said Zappacosta.

A joint library committee is being established to discuss and research consolidation of the two branches and other matters of service and funding for the county library system.

South Boston Town council came out of closed session Monday night and voted unanimously to appoint Vice-Mayor Ed Owens and Councilman Snead to the joint library committee.

The Town of Halifax and Halifax County Board of Supervisors also will appoint two representatives to serve on that committee.

Tuesday afternoon the library director said he planned to request that  Library Board Chairman Bee Espy serve as a non-voting member on the joint library committee. 

Zappacosta said he also planned to assist the committee with information.

“I’ll keep you all updated,” he added.

This month the library is launching its fund drive. 

According to Zappacosta, this fundraiser will be a “library effort,” and those donating will have the option to donate toward summer reading or operations.

The fund drive will continue for a couple months before Zappacosta brings the total to the board to decide where the money should be allocated.

Before adjourning Zappacosta asked board members if their meeting time could be changed to the second Tuesday of every month so that the information he provides will not be so old. 

After some discussion, board members approved not holding a November meeting and meeting again on the second Tuesday in December.

The next library board meeting will be held Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Halifax County Library.