Bookmobile shelved - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Bookmobile shelved

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Darton College receives new honor

    Darton College receives new honor

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:37:42 GMT
    Darton State College receives a new honor.It is ranked 6th in the country among mid-sized colleges in the Center for Digital Education's annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.More >>
    Darton State College receives a new honor.It is ranked 6th in the country among mid-sized colleges in the Center for Digital Education's annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.More >>
  • NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

    NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:34:28 GMT
    Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive DirectorSilke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director
    The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence .Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. More >>
    The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence .Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. More >>
  • Albany fire department recruits 15 firefighters

    Albany fire department recruits 15 firefighters

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:29:55 GMT
    Richard Lynn, Albany FirefighterRichard Lynn, Albany Firefighter
    More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.More >>
    More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.More >>

March 4, 2003

It's lined with books, filled with gas, and ready to go. But the bookmobile that serves Tift and four surrounding counties hasn't left the garage in months.

"That's access to books people would have won't have now," Coastal Plains Region Library Director Teresa Cole said.

That's because to get the bookmobile out of park and onto the road, they'd have to hire a driver, and that's not something they have the money to do right now.

"People don't realize how much we depend on state funds," Cole said. "Books are expensive and we have to buy them." 

The Bookmobile serving Tift, Turner, Irwin, Berrien and Cook Counties checked out 17,000 books last year. It's parked at least until the new budget takes effect in July.

The problems at the Coastal Plains Region libraries go further than just the bookmobile, they've run out of state money to buy new books until the new fiscal year begins in July, and then they are expecting budget cuts to get worse.

"Twenty years ago, books were $11, now they are $30. The funding is similar to what it was then, with cuts it's even lower."

Without the bookmobile, children will have to travel to the library to grab a book, once there they likely won't be finding the newest of the new.

"We're supposed to be the reading capital. That's real bad for Tifton," Walter Mathis said.

But a  reality, South Georgia libraries are facing. 

posted at 6:20 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com