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Alleghany County Public Library

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PROCLAMATION - 2016: The Year of the Library

WHEREAS, in a world undergoing constant change, libraries provide enduring connections to the past and the future of our communities, nations, and civilizations.

WHEREAS our librarians work to meet the changing needs of our community, including providing resources for everyone;

WHEREAS, The Alleghany County Public Library offers programs to all residents

WHEREAS, The Alleghany County Public Library offers programs to all residents including storytime for pre-schoolers, technology classes, financial planning services, job-related assistance, health-care programs, travelogues, and cultural programs; 

WHEREAS, libraries provide entry to important research about health, economics, housing, the environment and countless other areas to support better living conditions and to help people lead longer, more productive and fulfilling lives;

WHEREAS, the Golden Leaf Foundation, the County Commissioners, NCWorks and community library supporters have provided funding for the new facility, additional monies are needed for technology and furnishings.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners proclaim 2016 as the Year of the Library and urges everyone to support this effort.

Tom Smith, Chair
Board of the County Commissioners

John Miller, Mayor

Sparta Town Council





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Alleghany County Public Library
122 North Main Street
PO Box 656
Sparta, North Carolina 28675
Voice: 336.372.5573
Fax: 336.372.4912
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Debbie Brewer,
Branch Librarian
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Carolyn Osborne, 
Assistant Branch Librarian 
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Doug Spurlin, 
 Library Assistant
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Jeanna Gibbs,
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Services Provided

Member of NC Cardinal  High-Speed Internet Access for the Public
NC Live Access Audio Books on CD and Playaway
 Public Fax & Copier VITA Program
Large Print Books Alleghany News on Microfilm
Periodicals Swap Paper Backs
Genealogy Materials Children's Programs
Movies on DVD Children's Early Literacy Station Computers
Lighted Magnifier Downloadable e-books

Meeting Room Information

At this present time, use of the meeting room is limited to library-related activities  and can be used during regular operating hours with prior arrangement with the librarian. 

Local Board Members

*Pat Polley, Chairperson  *Brant Banks
Elizabeth Dixon Bobby Fender
David (Casey) Jones Alice Keighton
* Tom Smith Joyce Speas
Carolyn Sprinkle

* Regional Board Representative

Meeting Dates: Third Tuesday of January, April, June and October


Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Alleghany County Library was organized in 1979 with the first meeting held on April 5, 1979. This group of interested library supporters organized to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services for the community. Membership is open to all individuals who are interested in supporting the library in various activities. Membership in the Friends group is $10 annually.

The Friends are a major part of library planning and activities. The group was responsible for opening the Books 'n Friends Bookstore in March of 2003, which has been a great fundraiser for the library. This has enabled the Friends to provide funding for many activities and library needs.

The Friends continue to be a major avenue of support and help for the library and truly do make a difference.


Be sure to visit Book 'n Friends, a volunteer-run bookstore whose profits 
benefit the Alleghany County Public Library. The bookstore is located at 35 N. Main St.
The phone number is 336.372.5155. The hours are Monday and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  

Library History

The Alleghany County Library was organized in 1935 by the Sparta Woman's Club. The Library was housed in one room over Cheek's Cafe. Makeshift furniture was donated by local individuals; books and rent were paid for by the Woman's Club.

In 1940, the library moved to a small room in the courthouse and in March 1941, the library was moved again to a room in the new community building. A desk, reading table, chairs, magazine rack, and book shelves were provided by the Woman's Club. At this time, there were 753 books and circulation was 5,872.

In 1958, a new brick facility was built by Mr. Edwin Duncan, Sr. in memory of his parents. The new library opened its doors on February 1, 1959. Also in 1959, Alleghany, Stokes, and Surry counties were organized into the Northwestern Regional Library.

By 1980, the library had completely outgrown its little brick building. On October 28, 1981, movers lifted the building onto a truck and moved it to its present location on Main Street where extensive remodeling was done. Mrs. Bessie Lee Duncan was a major benefactor.

In 1991, another addition funded by the local citizens was completed which allowed expansion for children's services and meeting facilities.
In 1996, a grant was written to install a computer circulation system in all libraries in the Northwestern Regional Library System.

In December 1997, the library began offering Internet for the public. Two terminals were made available with a grant and donations from local businesses.

During 1998-99, the Alleghany County Library Board began the groundwork toward a new building expansion for the library. A consultant was hired to create a Building Program, prepared from a Space Needs Study, by the staff.

In November 2004, the board signed a contract and paid a down payment to purchase the property adjacent from the library, with the help of local donors. A library expansion project is planned sometime in the near future.

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