After years of renovation and construction, Carrollton’s Neva Lomason Memorial Library is reopening its doors to the public next week. A ribbon cutting ceremony this week, attended by sponsors, boosters, West Georgia Regional Library System employees, Carrollton City Council and the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, celebrated the completion of a major overhaul of the library at the intersection of Rome and Spring Streets.
The WGRLS’ flagship library, the Neva Lomason, was built in 1967 and renovated in 1976 and 1993. The current project consisted of two major phases: the construction of a 6,800-square-foot regional administration building and the renovation of the existing library facility. WGRLS administrative offices previously occupied 10,000 square feet of the library structure. Adding the administration building allowed the library to fully occupy the 28,000-square-foot foundation. Highlights of the renovated space include study rooms, three meeting spaces, an expanded computer lab, a redesigned children’s area and dedicated teen space, improved space for special collections and shorter, ADA-compliant shelving.
The Neva Lomason Construction Committee, comprised of Chairman Clint Chance, Michelle Morgan, Tim Grizzard, Walt Hollingsworth, Betty Cason, Shirley Vassy, Cyle Bohannon, Rory Wojcik, Jeremy Snell, Jessica Everingham and Roni Tewksbury, managed the project. The contractor was RA-LIN & Associates and the architect was Rickman Architecture & Design.
The project was funded by a combination of state, local and privately-donated funds. The state contributed $2,615,496, the City of Carrollton contributed $1,155,000 and Carroll County Board of Commissioners gave $500,000. $1,087,052.81 came from private donations.
The WGRLS is governed by a board of trustees appointed by funding agencies across Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Paulding counties. The Neva Lomason is the second busiest of the 19 libraries in WGRLS, welcoming around 87,700 visits in a year. The Neva Lomason Memorial Library will reopen Monday, September 21.
For questions about the Neva Lomason Library, please call (770) 830-2233.
As part of the system’s response to COVID-19, the library will be open on Monday will the following protocols in place:
Masks will be required upon entry. This allows us to maintain the collection for browsing and technology for continued use.
The library will be open Mondays through Saturdays.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: building open for community members at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications.
10:30 am – 5:00 p.m.: building open for the entire community.
Contactless services will continue to be available from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
You may browse the library’s collection; however, reading areas with soft seating will not be available for use.
Computers will be available for public use. There will be a 45 minute time-limit if others are waiting.
Changes to these protocols and hours will be made as WGRLS Administration continues to monitor public health data in Carroll County.
Fireworks and music will fill the air over the Carrollton City Schools campus this July 4, in honor of our nation’s birthday.
The evening’s festivities will kick off at 8:30 p.m. with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds of Liberty concert on the front lawn of Carrollton Elementary School and culminate with the city’s fireworks show, just after dark. Spectators can watch the show in person while practicing social distancing (families should allow six feet between themselves and others) or tune-in to B92 FM and enjoy from their car or a vantage point near the schools complex.
The fireworks show will feature primarily high-altitude pyrotechnics which can be seen from a greater distance. The CSO will follow enhanced safety guidelines, including using a larger stage that allows greater spacing between musicians, checking the musicians’ temperatures before performing and wearing masks prior to the concert.
The Evening Sertoma Club’s annual People’s Parade through downtown was canceled this year to comply with the state’s social distancing guidelines for gatherings.
City of Carrollton administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day. All garbage and recycling will be picked up the day following your usual scheduled collection day.
Many downtown and local businesses are beginning to re-open their doors and you can still call in a to-go order to scoop up or have delivered. Many downtown retailers and boutiques have online shopping options available to pick-up or ship right to your door.
Check out the list of merchants and their Facebook pages for current or changes to offerings.
In support of state and local efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the City of Carrollton will be taking the following precautionary measures:
Effective immediately, we are postponing and/or canceling all large public events, meetings, programs and classes for a two-week period, or until further guidance recommends otherwise. This includes, but is not limited to, all city-sponsored events, city-permitted events, tournaments and rentals in city-owned facilities. Cancellations and rescheduled dates of affected events will be announced on their respective social media pages, our carrolltonga.com and department webpages. We will continue to update you on the status of events based on CDC recommendations.
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all City facilities will be closed to the public until March 29. As we receive further information or guidance, we will communicate any changes. This includes, but is not limited to; City Hall, Parks and Recreation facilities, city parks, Center for the Arts, Senior Center, Depot on Bradley and The Amp. Our drive-through window at City Hall will remain open for utility bill payment, but we strongly encourage customers to utilize online services for utility billing, permits, etc. Some services will also be available by phone. Please contact our main line at 770-830-2000 to be directed to the appropriate department. Specific contact information will be listed online at https://carrolltonga.com/.
Essential services such as police, fire, sanitation and water will continue as normal.
While the risk to the general public remains low at this time, these measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community. For updates, please visit https://carrolltonga.com/covid19
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The Carrollton Center for the Arts and the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum are joining forces this week to showcase the art of quilting, beginning February 21. The quilt museum’s Imagine 2020: A Quilting Expo, February 21 and 22, will feature exhibits, vendors, workshops, speakers and demonstrations for quilters at the Center for the Arts and at the museum.
In conjunction with the expo, the center will host a public reception starting at 5:00 p.m. to mark the opening of JAM Session, an invitational exhibit in the Roush Gallery of works by the members of the Georgia/South Carolina region of Studio Art Quilt Associates.
“These quilts show the potential of the medium to express complex ideas and realistic imagery, which can be difficult to do with sewn fabric,” said Carrollton Visual Arts Coordinator Marcella Kuykendall. “The four artists approach their pieces in a unique fashion, allowing visitors to see several techniques and viewpoints within one exhibit.“
In conjunction with Studio Art Quilt Associates, the quilt museum will host a show in their gallery called A Thread Runs Through It through the end of April.
“I would say that these exhibits are not your grandmother’s quilts,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton’s arts superintendent. “The quilts do not include repetition in design and therefore might lead the viewer to think they are paintings.”
As an expo extra, the Carrollton Presbyterian Church will host A Congregation of Quilts, a free exhibition by the West Georgia Quilt Guild, from 9am-4pm, also on February 21.
As students take a break from school this month and again in April, Carrollton Center for the Arts’ camps offer several opportunities for them to stay creative and have fun outside of the traditional classroom environment. While most of the center’s regular classes and programs will not meet during the weeks of February 17 and April 6, young people can learn about pastry, robotics and the technical side of the arts, working with clay and theatre production — from a murder mystery to the Land of Oz.
Pastry Chef Camp This kids-only cooking camp, taught by LaToya Gamble, will teach pastry, baking skills and confectionery techniques. Each day of camp will focus on a specific dessert finale. Winter Camp: Feb. 17 – 19, 9am –12pm, Ages: 6 – 7 Spring Camp: April 6 – 10, 9am –12pm, Ages: 8 – 12 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
ARTS + TECH Bootcamp The Center for the Arts and the Neva Lomason Public Library team up to explore how technology like robots, video production tools and even Legos can open up new ways for students to express themselves. Feb 17 – 19, 9:30am – 12pm Ages: 8 – 12 Free
Creative Clay Camp Instructor Melanie Drew will teach hand-building skills, from preparing the clay to slab building, coiling and the wheel, before the works are glazed and fired. April 6– 10, 12pm – 3pm Ages: 6 – 12 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
Wizard of Oz Camp Campers will learn dances, songs, lines and blocking, create simple costumes and sets and take part in theatre exercises to build confidence and improve overall performance. The class will present a 30-minute production of scenes from The Wizard of Oz. Tammy Barton is the camp’s instructor. April 6– 10, 1am – 4pm Ages: 5 – 7 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
Murder Mystery Theatre Camp Instructor Jenny Lyle’s camp will explore the murder-mystery genre while students hone their acting and performance skills. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner, followed by a theatre performance with guests investigating the crime. The evening event starts at 6pm. April 6– 10, 9am – 12pm Ages: 8 – 12 Member Fee: $75 per person Non-Member Fee: $85 per person
Register for these camps now online here, by phone at (770) 838-1083 or at the Center for the Arts’ box office at 251 Alabama Street.
Dads and moms, enjoy a fun night with your special girl or boy at the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Daddy/Daughter/Mother/Son dances, February 10, 11 and 13. The dances at the Depot on Bradley Street will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child.
Daddy/Daughter Dances February 10 and 11, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm February 10: Pre-K through 3rd Grade. February 11: Grades 4-8.
Mother/Son Dance February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pre-K through 8th Grade