Mint Hill begins effort to save the library

Inside the children's section of the Mint Hill library.

News of the Mint Hill Library and 11 others within the system closing because of budget shortfalls have sent shock waves throughout the community. E-mails to the Mint Hill Times have called it a “sad day” in Mint Hill. While there is an movement county-wide to raise funds to save libraries,  Mayor Ted Biggers has begun an effort organize the town to voice disapproval to the county board of commissioners and the library board of directors.

A petition has been placed at the Mint Hill Town Hall for citizens to sign to show support for the town’s library. Contact information for the county board of commissioners and the library board of directors will also be available. Biggers is also in the process of organizing a committee that will focus on saving the library. Some of the committee members were a part of the original group that helped bring the library to Mint Hill decades ago.

By the end of the day, the town will have a form-letter available to citizens to send to the county and the library. The letter will be at town hall or can be printed from the town’s Web site.

The Mint Hill library has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the county in circulation despite being one of the smaller libraries in the system.

Donna Rogers, a longtime resident of Mint Hill, summed up it up best.

“Unbelievable! A sad, shameful day to be from Mecklenburg County.”

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5 comments on “Mint Hill begins effort to save the library
  1. I would say we could posibly get some help from our representative in the state house but I am not sure he knows where Mint Hill is.

  2. Very bad decision to close any Public Libraries. Our kids need a close place to have computer access and to check out books needed for school work. With the cuts already planned in education, this is going to be another negative impact on education! Required summer reading and projects will also be impacted by this decision. Has education taken a back burner in Meck. County? What will the cost be to reopen these when the economy is better? Why does Meck.County fail to see the long term impact of decisions.

  3. And what about the impact on the homeschool community. I have been taking my children to the library for the past 12 years and use the library as my curriculum for homeschooling. Now there will be no libraries in all of eastern Mecklenburg County.
    I am working to do anything I can to slow this rash quick decision.

  4. As a former resident of Mecklenburg county, I still use the Mint Hill library for my son’s educational needs. I paid the fee for non-residents to use the library and feel that it is worth so much more than the $45 that I paid. Closing ANY library is a big mistake. Why not have a user fee for all that use the library? I mean the cost of one book is about $15.

  5. The Mint Hill Library must remain open. Perhaps the town of Mint Hill should take on ownership of it if the County isn’t able to manage it. Closing libraries is not an option.

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