Walton County Closing Flowersview Library

The Walton County Commission looked at saving $39,000 dollars by shutting down Flowersview Library.

The next closest library in the county is 30-miles away in Defuniak Springs.

The library is named in honor of Maria Milton’s mother, the late Gladys Milton, who was a prominent midwife for several decades.

In the predominantly poor area, the library offers use of computers and fax machines that are not ready available.

Maria says, "Supplies, salaries, internet access; the whole thing is well under $40,000 dollars. It’s inconceivable that they would close us down and the detriment it would cause to the community."

Folks in Flowersview say it's more than academics, books and internet. The library is really the centerpiece to the whole community.

Resident Bertha Williams said, "The county doesn't give us that much. This is important. We need this library."

"Books and reading, it's part of the soul. We need this library; without it we would shrivel up and die," said another resident, Shirley Moore McLaughlin.

Instead of closing the library, Mrs. Milton says the county needs to do improvements to the building.

The county has agreed to extend funding for the Flowersview Library for at least one more year.

There is s no word on any long-range plans.

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  • by Dave Location: Freeport on Oct 16, 2007 at 08:23 PM
    The facility is used by AARP Taxaide to help the people of the area with their income taxes for free. The next closest location is the Council on Aging in DeFuniak Springs
  • by Charlie Location: Ozark on Oct 16, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    This pains me to no end. All of the waste in government and something useful is shut. Raise and illiterate society and you will pay more than 39K because of it.
  • by Carla Hartley Location: Redondo Beach, CA on Oct 16, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    Please consider forming a Save the Library committee and have fund raisers; sell t shirts and book bags. I will make a donation. Just tell me where to send the check.
  • by vincent Location: defuniak springsi on Oct 16, 2007 at 06:15 AM
    i don't live in flowersville but i don't mind some of my tax money supporting a community facility such as this. if the bcc uses a little imagination i'm sure they can find plenty of fat in the budget.
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