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DeKalb Libraries May Be Facing Huge Funding Cuts

Feb 14, 2017
According to petitioners, East Cobb is the second busiest out of the 16 libraries in Cobb County.
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DeKalb County's library system could lose more than half its funding for new books and supplies.

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Last year, libraries got $1.1 million for supplies. This year, the system is looking at $440,000.

Sara Fountain, chair of DeKalb County Public Library's board of trustees, says the cut would be damaging.

"A lot of people who use the library don't have the financial resources to access certain materials," Fountain says. "And so it's a critical need for our community."

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday not to tear down Central Library.
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Atlanta's Central Library downtown will be getting an upgrade.

After many months of public debate on whether to build a new library or renovate the existing one, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday not to tear down the building.

The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library system will now select an architecture firm to work with it on designing the renovated spaces and coming up with the actual cost.

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Atlanta's City Council passed a nonbinding resolution Monday calling for construction of a new Central Library building downtown.

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The future of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library may be in limbo.

Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts has called for a new, flashier building in its spot, which is located on Margaret Mitchell Square. While the chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees, Stephanie Moody, said in a recent meeting that it should be replaced with a smaller downtown branch instead.