HC president assures concerned crowd no plans in the works to merge library services with county

Staff Writer

Howard College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks spoke briefly of her passion of spreading literacy throughout the community and how important a community library is to foster reading when she visited with members of the Friends of the Howard County Library Thursday.
“It’s about literacy for all ages,” Sparks said. “I want to foster that love of reading. We all know it can open doors and what a high literacy rate can do for our community.”
In January of this year, the college and Howard County signed an agreement to share a head librarian, who will oversee both the college academic libraries and the county’s community program. The two entities are considering merging their library services into a hybrid academic/community program.
This has caused some concern with members of the community, who are afraid such a merger would mean fewer services and less access to the community as a whole.

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