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Thank you, Bette Hooten. New downtown library long-time dream

January 12, 2013

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West Florida Public Library Board of Trustees President, Bette Hooten, displayed our newspaper during her remarks at the dedication for the renovated and expanded downtown library (See article). Friends have told me that she thanked the Independent News paper for its support for the facility. There is even a picture of Bette holding our latest issue in the PNJ article.

Thank you, Bette, your hard work and dedication. It’s been a honor to work with you over these many years.

  • Eric January 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    “the height of fiscal irresponsibility” has apparently been lowered considerably.

    Library looks great! Here’s hoping we require more going forward.

  • L.Laird January 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Legion Field Community Center is much more than only a Library. 90% of the space will be for education related activities, and sport related activites. Only a small space will be Library use only. If CJ would have done some research, he would have found out the Current West Side Library on Cervantes yearly Rent is nearly $30,000 dollars. Library will pay no rent for the Legion Field space. Hundreds of children participate in all types of sporting activates located @ Legion Field, therefore when they finish their games/practice, they will be able to go into the Library and do homework, or just READ….I hope that CJ is not in the same camp with former Commissioner White who thought talking about expanding Library services was DUMB.

  • CJ Lewis January 13, 2013 at 12:31 am

    All the above said, it remains the height of fiscal irresponsibility to build a second “downtown library” at Legion Field just 0.8 miles further west on West Gregory Street. Shame on everyone involved to include the library board. Let’s hope Commissioner Lumon May shows some leadership terminating the Legion Field Library boondoggle and initiating the search for a permanent location for the Westside Library. It need not be within city limits and might be better located in West Pensacola.

  • HazeMotes January 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Bette Hooten, a former colleague and mentor, is a true hero to all who love the library. Bravo, Bette!