When Governor Kemp signed the state’s FY 22 budget, it includes long-sought funds to expand the Braselton Library.
The state budget included $1.73 million in 20-year bonds to support the library’s plans for a two-story addition to its existing building. The Town will cover the remainder of the cost as its local share.
The existing library opened in 2006 and the planned 8000-square feet addition will allow for more circulation materials and programming. All facets – childrens, juvenile nonfiction, young adult and adult titles --- are needed since the town’s population has more than tripled since opening. The popular childrens’ storytimes area will be rightfully accommodated.
The project gained the support of the Piedmont Library System, the Georgia Library System and the University System Board of Regents before being presented to the General Assembly.
“We have so many people to thank,” said town manager Jennifer Scott, “including Appropriations Chairman Terry England, Appropriations Subcommittee chair David Knight, Representative Tommy Benton, Senator Frank Ginn and others who realized and advocated for our need. The Piedmont Regional Library system played a critical role representing the
project to the Georgia Library System. As always, the General Assembly did a thorough review of all requests in the state and approved the most needed projects.”
The addition will connect to the current library on its western side plus add more parking spaces. The state appropriation allows for design, construction and equipping the expansion project.