This story is a great example of a community coming together for the common good to build a new library. The new Jackson County Library replaces one of the first public libraries I used as a child when my father was the Director of the Western Carolina University Library:
The original building was my summertime source for science fiction and fantasy. Western North Carolina was a great place to grow up and mature.
My introduction to Public Libraries came from Sam Molod, the former Deputy State Library Director for Connecticut. When my father was the Sciences Librarian at Wesleyan University, they became great friends and Sam gave our family many books. We discovered reading for pleasure – the myths, the legends, the fables. We utilized the Middletown Public Library in Connecticut as our local lending library. I was horrified when I ended up with my first overdue fine. One of many to follow.
When I became the Director of the Middletown Public Library in Rhode Island, I found that Sam Molod had served as the original building consultant on the renovations made to the facility in the 1970s. I went on to finish the work that had been started and had fallen through because of lack of funds. Karma.