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Plans For A New Library In Midland, NC Currently In The Works

Aug 22, 2018 02:55PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Midland has been working hard to get a library, and those efforts aren't going unnoticed. In fact, plans are currently in the works for a new library to be built in Midland, NC.

It all started last year with Mobile Mondays, where staff from the Cabarrus County Public Library System spent two days out of the month operating out of the Midland Town Hall. This year, all the pieces fell into place to provide a dedicated facility with library services three days a week. 

The Friends of the Midland Library group (a 501(c)(3) tasked with raising funds and awareness for the library) has been active for five years, raising more than $15,000 and serving as invaluable advocates. 

According to Emery Ortiz, Cabarrus County Public Library Director, this has been a great, collaborative effort between Cabarrus County, the Town of Midland and the Midland Friends of the Library. "Historically, libraries in our system are shared investments, where the town or city provides the facility and the County provides operational and administrative processes including resources, equipment and staffing," Ortiz told us. "For several years, the County and Midland have worked together to develop a plan to bring library services to the area."

Technological capability is the main factor in initiating not only Mobile Mondays, but also a new library facility at all. Thanks to these capabilities, the library is able to offer services that aren’t bound by physical locations.

The Mobile Monday services were a great way to reach the Midland area. It helped the library staff understand and measure need, introduce new families to their services, and form relationships with people who are passionate in community investment. While the Mobile Library provided services, it was the Midland Friends who developed the community atmosphere by hosting community events. Mobile hold and pick up service will continue until the new branch opens.

Mobile Mondays take place on the first and third Monday of each month from 4-7 p.m. at Midland Town Hall.

Now, the library system is moving forward with creating a new library. 

Having dedicated branch space allows for more community connections through in-person literacy and learning opportunities—a limitation of the Mobile service. "The community can expect more story times, STEAM programs, workshops, performances and other programming," Ortiz said.

The architecture and design is currently in process and it is expected to open before the end of the calendar year.

As the timeline is confirmed, the library system will provide information on an opening activities. In the meantime, visit cabarruscounty.us for other library programming, services and announcements.

"Next month is 'National Library Card Sign Up Month' at the library and we’re rolling out hoopla, a new streaming service for movies, music, ebooks, and more," Ortiz told us. "Definitely an exciting time!"

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