Parkwood Library closing early

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After picking up Big-B from school today and having supper at Elmo’s we stopped by the Parkwood library.  We’ve been meaning to go for a few days now and I didn’t remember if they stayed open late on Wednesdays but we figured we’d go by and see.  Luckily, they were open.  Their schedule says they are supposed to be open until 9pm but I found out that they’ve been having some trouble lately with the parking lot lights.  I haven’t checked all of this out, but it appears that the Church that was in the plaza, where people used to vote, went out of business a while back (hence why voting moved over to the Parkwood Fire Department).  Unfortunately, they own the entire complex and as a result, it seems they have not been paying the electricity bills.  Eventually the piper (or in this case the electric company) must be paid or else he stops providing his service, in this case electricity.  So, after the sun goes down, the parking lot is completely dark.  Because of that, the Parkwood library has been closing early at 8pm when the sun sets.  Now, this isn’t as big of a deal now, when the sun sets at almost 8:30pm, but what’s going to happen when it gets to the time of year when the sun sets at 5pm.  Will the library be closing at 4:30pm then?!?  I realize this is a fairly bad situation for everyone involved, but there’s got to be something that can be done.  I’d welcome any suggestions.

Southwest Branch Library Expansion

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The Durham County Library is inviting the public to a meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 7 p.m. at Southwest Branch Library, 3605 Shannon Rd about expansion plans for the Southwest Branch Library expansion.

The meeting will give the community an opportunity to hear about the expansion and renovation of Southwest Branch Library that will transform the facility into a full-service regional library.

Apparently the branch will be transformed into one of four “regional libraries” along with East Regional (opened June 2006), North Regional (opened January 2007) and South Regional (which is planned to replace the Parkwood Branch). I’d love to go to this meeting, but I’ll be in a First Aid/CPR certification class at the Red Cross that night. I’ll have to see if I can find more information about what happens at the meeting.

More information about the meeting can be found in their pdf flyer.

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