February 17, 2018

Atlanta Branch Wins Award; Staffers Still Raise Questions

By LJ Staff

The East Atlanta Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System was recently named Best New Library by Atlanta Magazine in its Best of Atlanta Awards. The branch also received a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It features Lillian Blades’ mixed-media wall sculpture, "The Quilted Community," which combines the artwork of 269 East Atlanta residents. Sounds like good news, but critical staffers at AFPLWatch.com had a more complicated perspective: "While it’s always nice whenever AFPL receives some favorable publicity, and while we assume that the staff at East Atlanta is working hard to satisfy their customers, and so on," the writer observed that "its delay-plagued construction is hardly something any library system should be proud of," that the "faux second floor is actually all unusable space," the service desk is difficult to exit, and the branch has lacked staff.