By David O. Heishman –
I want to thank Hardy County Board of Education for uprooting East Hardy Branch Public Library. New construction of East Hardy High School requires the ground the library has occupied for nearly forty years. Hidden among buildings and general hassle of East Hardy High, parking limited to a couple spaces when school is in session, the library has languished in recent years. More materials have become available directly to school libraries even as the public has moved away from books and magazines in favor of television and home computers.
But the public library changed too. Its services now include faxing, copying, audiobooks, DVD’s, and wireless internet. Where once its patrons were largely high school students and a few dedicated readers, now more folks from Lost and Capon River Valleys use its services. With a little help, the East Hardy Branch Library’s forced closing may prove best thing that has happened to it lately.
Community libraries have operated for years at both Mathias and Wardensville. Bringing those libraries to West Virginia state standards, eligible for support from and operation by West Virginia and Hardy County Public Library commissions is an expensive process beyond available financial means. In short, Hardy County receives sufficient public funds to operate two libraries, not three. As a member of Hardy County Library Commission all those years ago when the Baker branch was emplaced on East Hardy High School grounds, I voted yes along with all other commission members.
Now its gotta move…