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W.Va. library seeks to expand

April 06, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - The narrow South Jefferson County Library sometimes is so crowded that librarian Dana Jenkins can't get past the people to the corner that houses her desk.

"I've been known to climb over my desk because it's crowded back here," she said.

The library board is currently seeking donations to build a new, larger library to house the books and programs.

The current structure was built in 1984 on Summit Point Road. It is a prefabricated building, shaped similarly in size to a house trailer.

The building has 480 square feet and is only 12 feet wide. The proposed library would have about 3,000 square feet. The brick structure would be located in the center of the village of Summit Point, located south of Charles Town, W.Va.

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Jenkins said that when new books come in, she frequently has to "weed out" books that are not being checked out to create new space.

The library houses about 6,000 books. Jenkins said more space would allow her to have a larger selection of books on tape, a popular item for the many commuters who live in the area and spend hours on the road.

When a new computer station arrived for library users, she had to rearrange the entire room to make an area for it.

The proposed library would have about 3,000 square feet. The brick structure would be located in the center of the village of Summit Point, located south of Charles Town, W.Va.

Jenkins is the only employee of the rural, state-run library. "I'm the director, the librarian, the custodian," she said.

Jenkins said that the demand for library services has grown tremendously because of the rapid growth in the area.

On Tuesdays, the library has a program for preschool students. She had to break the program into two sessions because there was not enough room for the 20 children and their parents to sit down.

The library has raised about $15,000 for the building fund over the past five years from donations from service clubs, residents and from charges for photocopies and fax machines.

The library board needs an estimated $150,000 to construct a new library, she said.

As part of the fund drive, the library will soon start a fund raiser where donors can buy a brick for the building for $10, she said.

Those who contribute will have their names placed on an honor roll in the new library, she said.

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