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Opinion: Library system does great job serving community
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The Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System will be temporarily located in the former Turner, Wood and Smith building at 100 Brenau Ave. The Main Street library building is being renovated, with an expected reopening in summer 2020. - photo by Scott Rogers

Earlier, this month the Gainesville library hosted a Skype visit with young adult author John David Anderson. My wife and I brought our fourth grader, and for 30 minutes, my son and the other children in attendance laughed and learned with a professional author. 

My wife and I are grateful for the literacy and learning space the children’s librarians have created at all the Hall County Library System branches but especially the downtown branch. 

Even with the challenges of temporary re-locations in advance of much-needed and much-appreciated renovations, the librarians have continued offering wonderful programming to support the children in our community. 

Thank you, in particular, to Allison Brooks, who headed up the effort to Skype with Anderson. 

The Hall County Library System serves as an important community connector, welcoming all the diverse people in our city and county. I am thankful for librarians Gail Hogan, Phyllis Haynes, and Katie Guthrie, who work in youth services, and, like Alli, serve the literacy and social needs of our community.

Michael Rifenburg


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