You don’t often hear elected officials talk about jumping up and down with elation. But that was the reaction of Kathy Kitts, the mayor of Midland, when she learned her city would get a new library along with its new town hall.A library has been an important part of the Midland City Council’s strategic plan for at least seven years. The council’s goal for this young, growing community is to expand services while maintaining a rural quality of life.Initially, it looked too expensive to build an additional 3,000 square feet of space for a library as part of the town hall construction. But then Kitts asked if a two-story building, with the library on the second floor, was feasible. Learning that option was possible was what got Kitts jumping up and down, knowing that Midland could have its own branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library.People in Midland “really and truly miss having the bus come,” Kitts said, speaking of the Bookmobile, the mobile library that used to deliver books to rural communities and suburban neighborhoods all around Cabarrus County. Now folks have to travel to Concord, Harrisburg or Mount Pleasant for books. What’s more, the town has always been without all the other services libraries provide, such as Internet access for job applicants, children’s programs, book clubs and meeting space.The “unwritten rule” in Cabarrus County, Kitts said, is that a town provides space for a library, and the county library system will supply books and staff. But more than those three ingredients go into building a good library, and Kitts is determined to do it right the first time. She recently sent an email to Midland residents explaining this opportunity for a library and inviting them to participate in the process. She said the response has been “unbelievable” and “huge.” People are excited, she said, and ready to help with the creation of their own community’s library.In June, Kitts and other Midland residents met with Molly Westmoreland from the State Library of North Carolina about the process for forming a Friends of the Library group. Friends groups exist to support local libraries with fundraising and support. In Midland, the new Friends board of directors will play an important role in working out all the details necessary to have the new library open to the public in, they hope, October 2014.The town has an immediate need for three or four more people willing to serve on the Friends board, Kitts said. Once the group has established its by-laws and membership fees, there will be a great need for Midland residents to join the Friends of the Library with their financial and moral support.If you’re interested in joining or supporting the library effort in Midland, call Kitts at 704-888-0524 or email email@example.com.
Friday, Jul. 05, 2013
Mayor Kathy Kitts excited that Midland will get its own library
Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com.
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