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Law library relocation advances

Moving the law library from the Halifax County Courthouse to the Halifax Public Library took another step forward Tuesday when Halifax County-South Boston Library Board members authorized Library Director Joe Zappacosta to move ahead with discussions regarding the law library.

Discussions first began in February when the Halifax Public Library was being considered as a future home for the law library.

The move is being considered, but the court is hesitant about moving the law library to the Halifax branch that currently is closed on Fridays, said Zappacosta.

At present, the law library is in a bad location, Halifax County Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Conner said, and he feels moving it to the county library would help the library with funding issues.

“It could be better managed, and Judge Joel Cunningham agrees,” said Conner.

Today lawyers use computers more than they use the library, Conner said, but they can’t stop having the law library for the use of the public.

However, Conner noted the courthouse could use the space that would be freed up if the law library is moved to the Halifax branch library.

 “It could be beneficial for the county library,” added Conner.

In February he stressed discussions are only at the exploratory stage, and the law library could stay where it’s currently housed.

Another possibility is moving the law library to the ground floor of the courthouse building if the sheriff’s office is moved to another location.

Board members unanimously approved Zappacosta moving forward with discussions with the bar association on the future location of the law library.

In other business Tuesday, board members approved the library mascot, an owl, they plan to name “Minerva” after the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of the arts, trade and defense.

Zappacosta gave an update on the annual fund drive, which has reached $10,467 and is continuing.

“It’s already done better than I thought,” said Zappacosta. 

“Overall everything looks about normal for the quarter,” he added of the finance and statistical reports.

Board members also decided Tuesday to keep things the same when it comes to accepting checks at the library. However, patrons will have to give their name, address, phone number and hold an account with the library when using checks.

The library director announced the hiring of a new employee, Justin Moore, who will be working part-time as a desk circulation employee between both libraries.

Moore, along with other employees, will often be on hand to assist the public with using electronic devices such as iPads.

Board members expressed their interest in wanting to alert the public of the new books, audio and DVDs the library receives each month, suggesting an article in the local newspapers each month.

Zappacosta told board members he would be at the Town of Halifax Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, with an information booth and flyers for the summer reading program and other information on the library.

The next library board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14, at 4:30 p.m. at South Boston Public Library.