Coley, Gaetz visit Chipley

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 08:17 PM.

As important as state funding is for libraries, state aid has seen a 33 percent reduction since 2001, severely impacting rural library budgets, Rountree said.

“Please support us and state aid funding for libraries,” she asked Coley and Gaetz.

The state’s Division of Library and Information Services is also requesting a $500,000 grant which would fund an e-book program that would provide support to K-12 students with electronic access to non-fiction materials.

“By the year 2015, the state has said that all instructional materials for students from Kindergarten to grade 12 must be provided in an electronic or digital format,” Rountree said. “We live in an area where there are places with no internet access, or phone or cell phone access. The library provides that service for a great number of our county residents.”

Rountree said that library usage has steadily increased over the past decade. “It seems like the worse the economy gets, the more people come to the library.”

Rountree said 35,000 people came through the library’s doors last year, and the library processed more than 60,000 transactions.

Tamara Hampton, a family support worker supervisor for Healthy Families North Florida, also addressed the delegation seeking continued support of her organization’s programs, which provide services to prevent child abuse and neglect.



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