MARTINS FERRY — The ultimate model of the state of Ohio’s finances didn’t embody a reduce to public library funding, a lot to the reduction of Anthony Orsini and different library administrators throughout the state.
“They haven’t reduce it within the last model of the finances. They’ve stored it at 1.7 %,” stated Orsini, director of the Belmont County District Library.
Orsini stated he was shocked the reduce didn’t occur, as libraries throughout the state had been warned months in the past that it could doubtless occur — going from 1.7 % to 1.66 %.
Studying that it was not going to occur was excellent news for Orsini whose library system is dependent upon cash from the state Public Library Fund. The reduce would have equated to the district library dropping $25,000.
“For us it means we don’t have to begin making modifications to our plans,” he stated. “We will hold going forward with our assortment growth and our tasks can get completed.”
Orsini stated the library system has a number of tasks within the works, however the latest is the opening of the Powhatan Public Library in a brand new location — a former Catholic church. A grand opening celebration is being deliberate for July 16.
“It’s new to us. … We virtually tripled the house we had. It’s a really fairly constructing and gave room to do storytimes and add some good things,” he stated. “It has stained glass home windows, excessive ceilings and authentic lighting fixtures.”
Orsini stated the Hendershot household bought the previous church and is permitting the library to lease the house. The outdated constructing beforehand owned by the district library has been bought, he added.