Sign-wavers, door-knockers, party-preparers all kick into high gear for a Yes on bond measure

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Supporters of a library bond measure in Cornelius have been greeting rush-hour motorists on the corner outside Walgreens. Library supports come from both the Anglo and Latino communities in the city.Supporters of the $2.4 million bond measure that would help expand the Cornelius Public Library and lay the groundwork for a three-story building with senior housing and a community room are intensifying their campaign in these last days before the Nov. 5 election.

One group frequently stands on the corner outside the Cornelius Walgreens during rush hour, waving pro-library signs to people passing on the TV Highway. Other volunteers are going door-to-door, talking to voters.

This Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., library supporters will host an outdoor party at what would be the site of the new library, on the northwest corner of Adair Street and 14th Avenue, just across the street from Cornelius Elementary School.

According to Luis Nava, who is organizing support for the bond measure among local Latino voters, the festivities will include a piñata, popcorn, hot dogs and desserts, as well as an art contest using colored pencils, crayons or watercolors, with prizes for the winners. The party is free and open to the community.

Library supporters will be on hand to answer any questions people might have about the bond measure, which would raise $2.4 million towards what is expected to be a $12.8 million COURTESY OF SCOTT EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE - Renderings of what a new Cornelius Public Library might look like show several quiet nooks, such as this fireplace with couches.

According to statistics from Washington County Coooperative Library Services Manager Eva Calcagno, the Cornelius library is currently one of only two WCCLS libraries below state library standards for staffing.

It also rates last in four categories, including having the lowest total library expenditure per capita at about $28 (the average is $56.62). And it has the lowest square-foot per capita building at .24 square feet (the average is .6 square feet).

by: COURTESY OF SCOTT EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE - This rendering of the initial view upon entering the proposed new Cornelius library shows a cafe to the right, a community room to the left and a technology center at the end of the long, open corridor.Ballots for the election are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. They can be mailed to the county elections office or dropped in the ballot drop box at Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N. Barlow St.

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