Library Board announces feasibility study for expansion, renovations

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The next meeting of the Cullman County Public Library Board is set for Thursday, Aug. 15, at noon in the Special Collections Room of the CCPLS main branch. (Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – At the Cullman County Public Library Board meeting on Thursday, June 20, Cullman County Public Library System Director Amber Thornton announced that the Cullman County Commission and Cullman City Council have agreed to proceed with a feasibility study for a phased approach to expand the size of the library and renovate the existing space in order to update the library and try to meet some of its top priority needs.

The feasibility study will be conducted by Williams Blackstock Architects, which specializes in expansions and renovations of libraries. Thornton said the company agreed to donate its services for the study.

The board also discussed storm damage repairs and updates to policies and procedures.  

Present were board members Jill Meggs, Drew Green, Rusty Turner and Brooke Desnoes, along with Thornton and Assistant Director Shelby Creekmore.

During the Director’s Report, Thornton touched on the current progress of the library’s construction and repair from a severe storm in August 2023.

“We have been in full construction mode with our wall and the repairs are almost complete. We now have windows again and we have also put about half of our nonfiction books back on shelves,” Thornton shared. “We look to have them all out by the end of July as technical services is weeding as we bring them out of storage.”

At its March meeting, the board approved the acceptance of a bid for a new Book Mobile. Thornton shared with the board members that the vehicle that was secured for the purpose of a Book Mobile was the incorrect size, with the dealership unable to match the bid on a correctly sized van, resulting in a re-bid for one that is the correct size.

The next informational item on the agenda was the updated CCPLS Disaster Plan. Thornton said the document and plan will be submitted for review and approval at the next board meeting.

“Shelby and myself have begun working on updating our Disaster Plan, our Emergency Plan and our CCPLS Policies and Procedures as all of these are out of date and contain inaccurate information,” said Thornton.

Thornton said current CCPLS Policies and Procedures are being reviewed and updated. Because the board will not meet again until August, the document was provided for the board to review, discuss and approve at its August meeting.

The next meeting of the Cullman County Public Library Board is set for Thursday, Aug. 15, at noon in the Special Collections Room of the CCPLS main branch.

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