St. Martin Library expansion underway in Jackson County

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Residents in the St. Martin community will soon see major upgrades to their local library.

The dirt has been turned and the stage is set for major upgrades to the existing St. Martin Public Library building. Jackson George Regional Library System Director Lori Barnes said, “This expansion is going to be fabulous for the citizens, for the children, the teens and the adults in this area.”

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The Jackson County Board of Supervisors secured funding for a comprehensive expansion of the building, expanding its footprint by over 6,000 square feet and adding a children’s library area plus much-needed space for their general collection. “We did think about services in the future, we did think about flexibility, and being able to offer various services to come, as well as current services, so we are happy about the flexibility we’ll be able to provide in that area.”

The goal of this expansion project is the inclusion of a maker space room, a space where the public can utilize technology such as 3D printers and recording equipment. Jackson County District 4 Supervisor Troy Ross said, “Digital age is coming in and replacing some things, so they’ve got 3-D printers, innovation centers for children, different things to bring the community in.”

With an estimated price tag of $1.2 million and expected completion within a year, Jackson County officials say this is an important investment for community improvement. “You’ve got to have your kids grow up and then they want to choose to live here too, so stopping the brain drain is critical, hopefully this is a way that we can help contribute to stopping the Mississippi brain drain.”