Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Abilene Council to Hear Library Plan for Lincoln Middle School" | KTXS News Story

News Story by Jeff Cramer, Weekend Anchor/Reporter for KTXS News

Lincoln Middle School
Plans for a library at Lincoln Middle School have been circulating around for years since it was closed in 2007.

Thursday, the Abilene City Council will hear how transforming Lincoln to a library could be possible.

It's part of a strategic plan for the city's libraries.  It is the first potential plan for Lincoln's future on paper.

"The potential that Lincoln could bring to Abilene is very exciting," said Lesli Andrews, director of community services for the city of Abilene.  "It's a great opportunity for the citizens of Abilene and Abilene's library system."

Jay Riley takes his granddaughter to the library downtown often and said it's a great way to spend time together.  He welcomed the idea of the main library moving to South 1st Street and Grape Street.

"I think that would be a great use," Riley said.  "It would be something that would work well for the kids."

The strategic plan for Abilene's libraries is something that is going to take more time, planning, and discussion before anything can be finalized.  The city, along with the Abilene Preservation League wants to keep that building active in the community, Andrews said.

"[Libraries] bring the world to the kids," said Andrews.  "The people, the literacy, and so anytime that we can be a part of that, it's a wonderful thing."

The city said money to renovate Lincoln Middle School could come from public fundraising campaigns.

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