THE WHITESBURG RURAL LIBRARY PROJECT
Library Building Begins!
The dream to build the Whitesburg Public Library was realized on December 10, 2005 as state and local officials participated in a ceremonial ground breaking. Now that more than $160,000 has been raised, building plans are being drawn by architect Alan Bell, with construction to begin this summer.
As construction begins, volunteers continue efforts to raise approximately $70,000 still needed to complete the interior and furnishings of the library. The 2,700-square foot library will feature a light, open atmosphere and will provide easy access to any book in the State PINES catalog system, as well as high-speed Internet connections. Children will enjoy a summer reading program.
Whitesburg officials honored at the ground breaking were, left to right, 2005 City Council members Wayne Posey, Bucky Bowen, Camilla Stephens Cooper, outgoing Mayor Bud Hines and new Mayor Amy Reeves Carroll.
Ride to Read Set for Saturday, June 3
The Coweta Custom Riders will host a benefit motorcycle ride for the library building fund on Saturday, June 3. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Whitesburg Elementary School at a cost of $25 per bike/driver plus $10 for each additional rider. Ride departs at 11:00 a.m. There will be music, food, and drawings for raffle tickets. Participants don’t have to ride to enjoy the day’s events. Call Greg Symons for more information.
Quartet of Plays on May 26 and 27 To Benefit the Library
The Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library and Whitesburg Elementary School will present Check it Out: An Evening at the Library on May 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the school library. The four short plays range from whimsy to farce to drama and feature an acting ensemble of four adult volunteers and seven children who will be selected from students at the school. Admission is free, but donations to the Library will be gratefully accepted.
If You Love Books, You’ll Love the Book Bank
Thousands of books are for sale at the WPL Book Bank in the old CB&T Bank building on Main Street. Select from current bestsellers, romance, mysteries, nonfiction and children’s books. Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents.
The bank is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 pm. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Book donations also may be dropped off during these times.
Volunteers are needed at the book bank so the days and hours of operation can be expanded. Anyone interested in surrounding themselves with thousands of books a few hours each week should contact Margery Bouris through City Hall at 770-832-1184. Also, needed is labor to scrape and repaint the bank deck, steps and rails, as well as landscaping and outdoor maintenance.
Join the Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library
The Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library is not an exclusive group. New members and volunteers are needed and welcomed. Join the excitement of building a library in Whitesburg! Everyone is welcome to attend meetings each month on the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Divine Health on Main Street and to get involved in fund-raising and planning for the new library. For more information contact City Hall at 770-832-1184 and leave a message for Margery Bouris, Beverly Dillard or Denise Pate.
The City of Whitesburg and the Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library are so appreciative of all the generous donations and grants received. Since the July 2005 newsletter, the following has been received:
State of Georgia
During the 2006 Legislative session, State Senator Mitch Seabaugh and Representative Tim Bearden secured a $20,000 local assistance grant from the State of Georgia to be used in equipping the library.
The T.H. Lanier Foundation: $12,500
Carroll EMC Foundation: $5,000
The Georgia Power Foundation: $1,000
Southwire Company: $1,000
Duffy Graphics: labor for the new Future Home of Whitesburg Public Library sign
Whitesburg Elementary School: metal shelving for the Book Bank
Glyn Thomas: repair of rail at Book Bank
Nina Dalton: labor and materials for signs at the Book Bank
Bill Bouris and Divine Health: book cases
David McCrory and Neil Bradley at B&B’s: aluminum collection
Labor at the Book Bank
Ira Bishop, Nikki Boswell, Margery Bouris, Bud Hines, Jean Hudson, Denise Pate, Jackie Pate, Becky Leftwich, Sherryll Miles, Farrah Scott, Mary Townsend, Sas Thomas and Debra Willingham
Fund raising activities
Blueberry sales: $448 was raised during the 2005 season on blueberry sales from the orchard of Margery and Bill Bouris. Blueberries will again be for sale this year.
Book Bank sales for 2005 totaled $990.16, and so far this year, have generated $679.85. A special thanks to all the people who donate books and the many who buy them!
The aluminum can recycle bin in front of the Book Bank introduced and maintained by David McCrory has generated $20.68 so far. To donate cans, drop them offf at the barrels in front of the Book Bank.
Sales from baked goods and books at the McIntosh Festival produced $291.75. The festival also offered the opportunity to make more people aware of efforts to build the Whitesburg Public Library.
The following individuals have made contributions since the July 2005 newsletter: Antioch Baptist Church, Danny Arrington, Felton and Evelyn Atcheson, Wendel and Gail Carnes, Wes and Mandy Carnes, Lamar Carnes, Patricia Griffin, Thomas and Vickie Holder, Rulon Johnson, Brad and Susie Lord, Dr. Gene and Leslie McCall, Nanden Friends, Madelene Pate, Wilson and Brenda Pate, Martha Ann Saunders, S and J Sitton, Jackie South, Tracy and Shirley Stallings, Angie Stober, Blair and Eddie Trewhitt, Sas Thomas, Charles and Patricia Whatley, Thomas and Alicia Wester, Billy and Lawana White.
The following have been honored or remembered through gifts made in their names:
In Honor of: Margery Bouris, Anna and Rick Carnes, Iris Duffy
In Memory of: Mr. and Mrs. James C. Carnes, Ralph Carnes, Barbara Johnson, Nell Spence Rowland McCarley, Greg Risse, Evan Cain Robinson, Mittie Brand Summerford, Daisy Brantley Trewhitt
The families of Nell Spence Rowland McCarley and Daisy Brantley Trewhitt provided information about the women’s ties to Whitesburg. Mrs. McCarley began teaching in Whitesburg in 1929. Although she lived in Bowdon, she remained fond of Whitesburg until her death in 2005 at the age of 96 years. Reading was always an important part of her life. Mrs. Trewhitt, born 1892 and raised in Whitesburg, graduated as the valedictorian of her class in 1911. She excelled in a career with Western Union and in working with her husband in his businesses at a time when it was rare for women to hold management positions. She passed away at the age of 98. (More about Mrs. Trewhitt can be viewed at www.rurallibraryproject.org.)
Donations may be made to honor or in memory of individuals or families. Forms are available in the Whitesburg City Hall to record donations and wishes for recognition. Contributions of $100 or more will be recognized on donor wall plaques in the new library. Multiple donations made in honor of a single name will be summed together and the honoree’s name will be engraved on the appropriate wall plaque.
Don’t forget Employer Matching Contributions. Donors may be able to double or triple the impact of individual gifts if their employers have a matching contribution program. Check with the company’s human resources department for specific details.
Make checks payable to the Whitesburg Rural Library Project and mail to P.O. Box 788, Whitesburg, GA 30185.