Braselton's new library breaks record for sign-ups

BRASELTON - Braselton's librarians signed up more new patrons in February than any other library in the Piedmont Regional system.

Librarians issued 153 library cards in February, as opposed to 23 in February 2006. The Piedmont Regional Library system encompasses 11 libraries and one bookmobile in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties.

Bev Adkins, the library manager, attributes the accomplishment to interest in Braselton's new library building that opened in October.

"We are in a very visible location, the area is growing and we have a pretty building," Adkins said. "People like to come in our library."

The 6,100-square foot library's architectural style resembles an old Southern home, complementing the century-old buildings nearby. The white, one-story library features a covered wrap-around porch and houses office space, a meeting room and shelves for 161,000 volumes.

Its $1.6 million cost will be paid for by a grant from the Urban Redevelopment Agency, impact fees, general fund revenues and a 15-year bond.

Previously, library patrons maneuvered their way around 6,200 books and nine computers in an 843-square-foot wooden former home.

Books and audio recordings, many of them donations, are being added every week, Adkins said.

"We add from five to 50 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday," she said.