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Floyd County Annual Report 2017 (combined)

SARA HIGHTOWER REGIONAL

SARA HIGHTOWER REGIONAL LIBRARY / FLOYD COUNTY LIBRARY In 2017, the Rome Floyd County Library had 201,505 people visit the library. During those visits, a total circulation of materials (print and digital) was 359,981. The total holdings (print and digital) for the library is 283,440 items. In the library, 63,767 computer sessions and wireless sessions were logged. Over 2,500 children and teens registered for the Summer Reading Program at the Rome Floyd County Library. First Lady Sandra Deal came to the Rome Floyd County Library in August to read to children in the Children’s Theatre. Following Mrs. Deal’s reading, Governor Nathan Deal and Mrs. Deal participated in the presentation of the Georgia flag to the Rome Floyd County Library which was donated by the Daughters of American Revolution. The Boy Scout Troup 113 performed the official flag raising ceremony. The Rome Floyd Library received a grant from Science Net and NASA to receive Solar Eclipse Glasses from NASA for the community. The library handed out approximately 2,500 solar eclipse glasses to people in the Rome Floyd County area. The Annual Sara Hightower Regional Library System Friends of the Library Book Sale earned over $11,300.00. This was the most successful sale to date. The library’s Makerspace/Creative Space is coming together and is currently being used by the Ridge and Valley Storytelling Guild, the Lavender Mountain Quilt Guild, and the Georgia Council of the Blind. It was announced that the Rome Area Council of the Arts is partnering with the Rome Floyd Library through a donation from the Sennett family to bring an amphitheater to the library’s campus. This space will be used for live performances as well as outdoor art installations and will be open to the public. 42 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT

SOLID WASTE Floyd County Solid Waste collected nearly fifty tons of debris in Lindale on two “Drag it to the Curb” events in 2017. Tip fees paid by Floyd County were $1,700.00. Similar savings were realized by nearly 100 residents, plus the hauling to the landfill. During Floyd County’s Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste Collections, sixteens tons of HHW were collected in 2017. Forty-five tons of electronics were collected and approximately 1,500 residents participated. The Solid Waste department picked up 16,400 cubic yards of limbs and about 4,000 cubic yards of leaves in 2017. All of this collected material was processed and recycled as either mulch or fuel. Sixteen and half tons of tires were discarded. This equaled three tractor trailer loads. Two thirds of the tires collected were generated from Floyd County’s fleet. 43 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT

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