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Library board ponders going regional

Even though board members voiced their concern about regionalizing the Halifax Public and the South Boston Public libraries last month, they plan to hear an update on regionalization at their meeting Tuesday. 

The Halifax County South Boston Library Board will meet Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Halifax Public Library. 

Library Director Jay Stephens agreed last month to speak with the director of the Campbell County library to see what further information he could bring back to the board. 

Campbell County is currently in efforts with the City of Lynchburg to regionalize. 

Previously, Bedford County was part of these efforts but has since decided not to participate. 

A majority of the board members said they felt since Campbell County has four libraries and Lynchburg has two or three compared to Halifax’s two libraries, the Halifax libraries would have a limited voice if they were to regionalize. 

“We would be 20 percent of the libraries which means no voice. And that means our libraries would be run by Campbell County and Lynchburg,” said board member Martha Coates at the previous meeting. 

Members also said they felt other libraries would see Halifax “as more as draining resources than contributing.” 

 According to Kim Armentrout of the Library of Virginia, if the board decided to regionalize with Campbell County and the City of Lynchburg, they need to move forward soon. 

In other old business, the board also will review a report on allowing drinks in the library, and the director will request approval of the behavior policy following the report. 

The behavior policy was tabled from the last meeting after board members said patrons should not be allowed to have drinks in the library. 

Currently, they are allowed to have drinks as long as they have a lid on them, but board members said there is still too much of a possibility that patrons could spill their beverage on books or computers. 

Also up for approval is the circulation policy. 

The board also plans to hear a presentation on an updated personnel manual. 

Under new business, the board is scheduled to review the bibliostat submission. 

Stephens also is slated to bring his director’s report, and Library Branch Manager Chris Thompson will offer his report.  

The director is slated to give the statistical report as well as the financial report.