Kennesaw Needs "Important Library"
by Kevin_Foley
 Improving Our Community
November 21, 2011 11:50 AM | 1050 views | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Learning is a lifelong process and libraries are part of our ongoing education. Libraries are something every community needs. Yet, here in Cobb County, some regard libraries as needless extravagances, a waste of tax payer money. In Bozeman, Montana, where I spend a good deal of time, citizens there have a beautiful 53,000 sq. ft. public library ( http://www.bozemanlibrary.org/) that's a community gathering place. Opened in 2006, it offers a wide range of free programs and services for all ages along with best sellers in regular and large print, books on disc, classics, movies, music recordings, periodicals, Internet access, a used magazine exchange, and even a coffee shop in the lobby. The Bozeman Public Library is always busy. Anchoring the east side of the town's main thoroughfare, it attracts young and old residents alike to downtown Bozeman, where shops and restaurant's benefit from their presence. Built at a cost of $17 million, $4 million raised through a bond issue, it's a library that makes good business and intellectual sense. In contrast to Bozeman's library, our public library in Kennesaw is a sad little affair, tucked away on a side street as though it's trying to hide. It's dedicated staff works hard, but they're fighting a losing battle for the resources they need to help them fulfill their mission. The populations of both cities are roughly the same. Like Bozeman, Kennesaw is home to an important state university. Shouldn't we have an important library, too? Would a library like the one in Bozeman infuse downtown Kennesaw with the same kind of energy and commerce? I think it so.
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G. E.
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November 17, 2011
There actually is a new library in the master plan for Kennesaw’s Depot Park. The library would go from its current 5000 square feet to 15,000. We can all hope that the dream will become a reality sooner rather than later and help spur economic development in downtown Kennesaw. In the meantime, the Kennesaw Branch is a vibrant, friendly and busy place - in fact, in spite of its size, it is one of the busiest in the entire Cobb County Public Library System.
Marian L. Brarian
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November 14, 2011
I'm not sure about Kennesaw, maybe Mark Matthews needs to focus on libraries rather than schmoozing with special interests in Atlanta. But in Acworth there is the large west Cobb library near Brookstone and closer in on Due West is a wonderful little community library where the staff couldn't be better.

I'd love to visit the Bozeman library someday.
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