Local library 'bursting at the seams' hopes for expansion

Possible library expansion in Cross County
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Cross County Library held a public meeting Monday night to discuss expansion opportunities.  

Operations Manager Claire Miller said they currently do not have the square footage to serve the population in the county.

"We are at capacity for programming," Miller said. "It's not book or material space. It is body space."

They explored three options for expansion, which are the results of a recent feasibility study.

Miller said they have expanding programs but not the space to utilize them at their full potential.

"We do not have a large enough space for the summer reading program," Miller said. "Currently, we use the entire children's area. During that time no one can check out books unless they squeeze in."

Jeremy Baker lives in Cross County and often takes his children to the library.

He said he noticed the lack of space first-hand.

"I've been to events hosted here at the library where they have literally been bursting at the seams," Baker said. "People were over flowing out of the doors. That itself says they need a larger facility."

Miller said they will meet with the quorum court to discuss their plans in the next couple of months.

She said they are hoping that the information will help them see where they are coming from.

"We hope we can get more space no matter what happens," Miller said.

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