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Library puts final touches on makeover
New Web site, logo likely to debut soon
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Public Library system soon will have some new looks.

Staff members presented a new logo and Web site to members of the library board Tuesday night during the group’s first meeting of the year.

Holly Barfield presented the new logo, which features the letters “FC” in the shape of a book and the words “Forsyth County Public Library” next to it.

The wording appeared in a couple different fonts, with the board deciding on a final version.

The new logo will be prominently displayed on brochures and other library materials, as well as the system’s new Web site.

Staff members Stephen Kight and Barfield presented the new Web site, which they said would soon go live, though a definite date wasn’t mentioned.

“We want the new Web site to be more visually appealing and have new features that make better use of the space,” Kight said. “We want it to be more intuitive and user-friendly for our patrons.”

Some of the new online features include a more user-friendly layout and a search function.

There’s also more of a focus on the library’s electronic offerings.

“I love this over the old site,” said Mary Helen McGruder, board chairwoman. “You don’t have to go down through so many layers to find things. The content is incredible.”

In other business Tuesday, the board also voted 4-0, with member Tim Plotner absent, to approve 2012 budget adjustments of more than $32,000 in additional revenue.

Anna Lyle of the staff said the majority of the new funding comes from additional money from Forsyth County government to reconstitute paid holidays and a cost of living adjustment for employees.

Some other funding comes from additional donations from the system’s Friends and Advocates group.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” she said.

In addition, Lyle presented the 2011 audit of the system to board members. She said there were no negative findings.

“Overall, it’s kind of glowing,” said Bob Keller, board member.

Added McGruder: “The staff is really to be commended, especially given the numbers they have to work with.”

The board also voted 4-0 to approve a bid of nearly $62,000 from Building Maintenance Services for janitorial services during 2012 at all library branches.