Library will open under state standards for staff, books

Despite the fact that Sumner County is among the wealthiest in Tennessee, budget constraints place Sumner’s three county libraries below state standards in staffing.

Two county libraries will soon have new, bigger homes and a third an expanded facility, but library board leadership worries that the system will not be able to staff the expansion. The library system is currently short eight employees and are open 55 hours less than required by state standards.

Larry Hinton, chairman of the county library board, stated that “the budgets will support the (state) report. If it is cut, it will directly relate to the amount of hours they can stay open.”

Hinton added, “If you move into these new buildings and you don’t add staff – you will run out of labor hours in the middle of the week. Now you’re faced with a new library that can’t stay open but half the week.”