County funding enables Metcalfe branch to open

Patrons of the Washington County Library will soon be able to turn pages of books borrowed from the Metcalfe Library.

With funding secured by the Washington County Board of Supervisors in a November meeting, a new chapter is being written, which will give residents access to the library in Metcalfe Town Hall.

“The budget for the library was cut years ago by previous Supervisors during financial constraints,” Carl McGee, board president said.

After the branch was closed, residents contacted McGee and the library expressing a need to continue operations in the Metcalfe community.

“I’ve heard from many people who said this was important to them,” McGee said. “Though opening the branch was not originally included in the budget, we found funds that could be allocated to the Metcalfe library line item.”

Librarian Kay Clanton said providing access to the library in communities throughout Washington County is important.

“I think it is wonderful to have funding reinstated,” Clanton said. “Being able to open that branch allows us to provide easier access and an outlet for children in Metcalfe. In addition to having access to books, computers will also be available for homework purposes.”

Clanton anticipates being able to open the branch by the end of January, allowing time to train a soon-to-be-hired librarian. While Metcalfe branch hours have not yet been determined, due to being located in Metcalfe Town Hall, 315 Martin Luther King Dr., which closes at 5 p.m., Clanton said the branch will be open three days a week.