November 24, 1999

County Turns Page on New Library Projects

Library lovers in Valley Center, Potrero and Cardiff-by-the-Sea have reason to celebrate the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved ahead with plans to build new libraries in each of the three communities, Chairwoman Pam Slater announced today.

"The Board's unanimous votes on these three projects reaffirms our commitment to libraries, which are vitally important to every segment of our society —from schoolchildren to seniors," said Slater.

The three projects approved are part of a five-year capital improvement plan for the County Library, which includes a total of five new libraries and the renovation of 14 existing library branches.

"Today's libraries are much more than places where you can check out books, although that remains one of their core function," said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. "Patrons also can take advantage of a wide range of audio and video tapes, as well as Internet access."

Tuesday's vote comes on the heels of a Board decision made this summer, during deliberations on the 1999-2000 fiscal year budget. The Board added $2.8 million to the County Library's $15.5 million operating budget. The money is being used to expand hours and buy new books and computer materials.

"Properly staffed libraries with adequate books and educational materials are part of the measure of any community," said Supervisor Bill Horn. "This Board wants San Diego County to stack up with other communities across the state."

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