From press reports
The Winston County Library staff gave a tour of the library to several distinguished visitors on September 17.
Timothy Owens, Sr. Program Advisor with the Institute of Museums and Libraries of Washington, D.C. visited the library to see how the library had to put use a grant for funding outreach to teenagers and the community.
Winston County librarian Beth Edwards provided a tour of the library and showed the visitors the equipment, books and other items the small grant had helped purchase.
Edwards noted the great community support the library received locally. County and city officials along with Friends of the library were on hand to greet the visitors.
Owens noted that he was glad to see such community support for the library.
Along with Owens visiting were: Susan Cassagne, Executive Director, Mississippi Library Commission (Jackson, MS); David Collins, Grant Program Director, Mississippi Library Commission (Jackson, MS); Jennifer Peacock, Administrative Services Bureau Director, Mississippi Library Commission; Richard Greene, Executive Director, Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (Kosciusko, MS); Lisa Ramage, Branch Services Manager, Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (Kosciusko, MS); Lindsay Fitts, Branch Services Manager, Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (Kosciusko, MS).
Owens made five site visits to libraries which received grant money through his organization within the last five years to build a Teen Room at their library. He makes these site visits once every five years. The purpose of the visits is to see how the grant money was used and how it has impacted the community and the library. In addition to visiting the Winston County Library, Mr. Owens also visited Collins, Waynesboro, West Point and Columbus libraries.
For many children in the area, the local public library is the primary source of reading material. At a time when more and more children and their parents and teachers are using the public library, these same libraries are facing increasing financial hardships grants such as this help the libaries fund important projects.
The group works with the library’s Friends of the Library or other local organizations because it believes in community involvement and encourages and rewards local support of libraries. The Friends help match the grant funds.