A number of fundraisers are in the works to benefit the county library system.
On Nov. 13, the advisory board for Franklin County Public Library welcomed three newly elected members Melonie Inzetta of Eastpoint, Linda Thurman of St. George Island and Kathleen Oman of Carrabelle. Returning is Treasurer Uta Hardy of Apalachicola.
Anna Carmichael did a presentation on fundraising efforts. Ongoing is the sale of personalized bricks and pavers. The “Souper Book and Bread Sale” will happen again in 2014. In the spring there will be a third annual Putt Putt golf tournament at the Red Pirate; weekend book sales are planned at Sometimes It’s Hotter on St. George Island. Anyone wishing to donate books or audiobooks for the sale can drop them off at the library’s administrative offices at 160 Hickory Dip Road in Eastpoint 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Carmichael also said she hopes to make the county library more of a presence in both Apalachicola and Carrabelle and plans to place booths at more county events.
Library Board Chair Denise Butler told the meeting the nomination committee has interviewed 11 applicants for the job of county library director. She said all of the candidates had impressive qualifications and the board plans to make a recommendation to the county commission in the near future.
Joyce Estes, who spearheaded fundraising efforts for the new Eastpoint branch, said that, while the interior of the new Hickory Dip Branch in Eastpoint is complete, major work remains on the landscape and parking lot.
In collaboration with the Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper, a nature trail is planned for the seven acres of land surrounding the library. Ornamental plantings are also envisioned in front of the building and around the parking lot. Estes said she hopes some kind of pervious surface can be used for the parking lot and entry road to minimize runoff.
Margot Posten, a coastal training specialist for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, gave a presentation on a rain gardens. This technology allows runoff from impervious surfaces, like the roof of a building to be stored for use in irrigation.
Posten said roughly 30,000 gallons of water would run off the 5,000 square foot roof of the library annually.
In a rain garden, the plants benefit from this runoff and purify the water before it reenters the groundwater system. The garden will cost between $15,000 to $30,000 to construct.
Posten said she already has rain barrels, donated by Coca Cola that can be used to collect runoff at the library.
She said a rain garden could feature educational kiosks on topics like water pollution, rain barrels and plant based purification systems. “My goal is to continue enhancing the property and maintain the area in back of the building as protected wetlands,” Estes said.
The library sits in the watershed for Indian Creek, which empties into the bay through Indian Creek Park.