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Elaine Herbst comes with her children to the library every week.

"We come for storytime and that's usually on Mondays for the toddler laptime," she said, "Then we come during the week to check out books."

But for now, Herbst and other Houston County residents have to use the temporary library, set up in the old Perry Primary school, because the Perry branch is still under construction. The $2.4 million renovation started last summer. It's funded through state bonds and $800,00 from Houston County's special purpose local options sales tax or SPLOST.

"Our children's area has been greatly expanded," said J. Sara Paulk, the director of the Houston county public library system. "We'll be able to have children's programs at the same that we could have a meeting room and have other groups meet here."

She says that wouldn't be possible in the old building, which had roof problems and drainage issues. It was also not handcapped-accessible.

"We'll also have more computers, we'll have expanded room for our print collection," said Paulk.

The temporary library closes on April 25th. Zana Sturkey, a college student, comes regularly to study.

"I come here about 2 to 3 times a week, because I don't have a computer at home, so this is helpful for me," she explained.

With more space and resources at the new library, Paulk says she's expecting library goers to be pleased.

"It's just very exciting and I'll be glad when we are in here full stage again," she said.

If all goes according to plan, that should happen at the end of May. Paulk says because of the wait in between, the last next week the temporary library is open, people will be able to check out up to 50 books and keep them for a longer period of time. They'll be able to return the books at the new library.


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