Library recognizes Skelton for 25 years of service

by Celia Shortt

The Coweta Public Library System recently recognized manager Bill Skelton for his 25 years of service to the library system.

“It’s great the whole time he’s been here,” said CPLS Director Jimmy Bass. “He’s been a right hand.”

The library trustees recognized him with a plaque, commemorating his years of service at their quarterly meeting on Tuesday.

“I was surprised,” said Skelton. “It was great.”

In the past 25 years, according to Skelton, the best part has been working with the public.

“Just helping people, I love doing that,” he said. “You do not last long as a librarian if you don’t like helping people. I like people to leave with a smile on their face and feeling happy they came here.”

Also at the meeting, Hans Wilson from Coweta County gave a positive financial report for the library system.

“Overall, I think we are looking pretty good,” said Wilson.

Bass gave more financial news. He said the library system is receiving a $20,000 grant from the state. This grant will be used exclusively for technology.

In other business:

• The Grantville and Central CPLS branches will be used as polling places in the upcoming primary election.

• The construction on the new restrooms at Powell branch library on Hospital Road in Newnan was set to begin the week of April 21 and should be completed by the time the summer reading program starts. Half of the project is funded by the state, and the other half is funded by the county.

• In this quarter, the CPLS’ circulation was 120,751 items. The library system had 82,477 visitors, and more than 38,714 system wireless hits. It also saw 15,635 hours of public computer use.

• Trustee Marianne Thomasson asked Bass to look into the feasibility of adding more computer stations at the Powell library branch and to research and possibly re-bid the landscaping for all branches.



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