Book drop

The Franklin County Library continues to improve with makeovers and repurposing of their space and now there is a convenient way to drop off books.

A new drive-up book drop was recently provided to the library by the Mt. Juliet Library.  The value of the metal book return is more than $8,000.

The receptacle is actually a book/media drop allowing patrons to return books in a separate space to avoid heavy books damaging CDs and audio books. The placement of the drop serves patrons without requiring them to leave their vehicle, shielding them from inclement weather.

John Hein, Friends of Franklin County Library member, said, “Though the efforts of Dave Van Buskirk and Lee Rohrer, it was delivered to Franklin County.”

The book drop was recently put into service by Library Director Tina Stevens who is happy to reveal that she is always looking for a bargain and is pleased to be the recipient of the depository.

The library’s recently reconfigured parking area can now be entered from South Porter Street which permits patrons to drive up and drop items when pulling into the lot.

Hein said, “The original book drop was at the front door of the library, but the new drop is more convenient for patrons and will encourage quick return of items for further use by others.”

Stevens said, “We hope to get a wrap for it soon so it will be bright, colorful and easier to see.”

Hein explained there have been several other improvements in the past two years.

“The library moved the history/genealogy room to the main level, increasing the children’s area and decorating it in welcoming colors and inviting scenes. There is a new youth area, improved access to public computers, a Friends of the Library book store and a new and engaging circulation desk.”

Director Stevens urges the public to visit the library. She or one of her staff will be happy to introduce you to library services and programs.

The library is located at 105 South Porter Street in Winchester. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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