The Jackson County public library is on the verge of major change, with a new director and a new direction to follow, the municipality is looking to expand its presence in the community. New Library Director, Deborah Hynes, has been in office for about three weeks now.
In that time, she has already started making changes and writing a new chapter for the Graceville and Marianna branches. Director Deborah Hynes is a 21 year veteran in the library business. She spent the last eight and a half years working as a branch manager in Nashville, before that in Pasco County, and started a medical library at the University of South Florida. Hynes is working to create more interactive reading clubs for all ages in the community such as an expansion to summer reading programs.
Tuesday a construction grant of $500,000 will be submitted to the state in hopes of funding a renovation, or rebuilding. According to Hynes she is looking to stay with the Jackson County Library for a while, "When I walked in here the very first time I just thought, It's the perfect place. Everybody has been so warm and welcoming. I love this community and love the people here. I sized this up very accurately when I came in here the first time and so far I'm very happy."
The library will know if they receive the grant monies July 2015.