November 20, 2017

Roanoke PL Could Get $5.5M from Abandoned Stadium Plan

By LJ Staff

While some communities fear the siphoning of library funds for development projects, in Roanake, VA, the Roanoke City Public Library System (RCPLS) most likely will have an additional $5.5 million to spend, as the city council takes steps to abandon plans to renovate its World War II – era Victory Stadium. Council members moved forward to transfer bond funds left over from the project (which included the construction of two high school stadiums), deeming the library system more valuable. A mandatory April 17 public meeting is the next step. Roanoke mayor Nelson Harris supports the plan, as does the Roanoke Times, which editorialized, "A modern library system is already overdue." The case for additional library system funds was strengthened by a study released in October 2005 that highlighted many RCPLS challenges: "The current budget levels for staffing, facilities, collections, technology, and programs are best summed up with a single word… inadequate."

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