Library location topic of trustees meeting today

Henrietta or Cliffside
Feb. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The great-granddaughter of textile giant, Raleigh Rutherford Haynes, wants the Haynes Public Library in Henrietta moved to Cliffside where it all began, over a  century ago. 

Amy Drum and her husband Jason Drum purchased the former First Citizens Bank building on Main Street in Cliffside and have been renovating the building for months, hoping the Rutherford County Library Board of Trustees will made a decision to move the library to Cliffside from Henrietta.

The board is meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the county commissioners meeting room at the County Annex.

More than 40 years ago the library was moved to Henrietta as a branch of the Rutherford County Library. 

When the textile industry continued to grow in Cliffside years ago, several buildings had to be moved or torn down for the expansion of the mill.

The library, was the brainchild of R.R. Haynes who had a "love for learning," Cliffside resident Phillip White said.

Rather than see the library disappear townspeople helped find a place for the library to go in 1977 when it moved to Henrietta.

Drum hopes to "bring it back home" to Cliffside.

Drum and her mother Janice Swing, hosted county commissioners, the library trustees and Cliffside residents at the facility Tuesday to introduce them to what they believes will  be a perfect place to put the library.

"I don't know why it wouldn't work," she said. 

The suggested move from Henrietta to Cliffside has been the conversation of residents of both communities for several weeks. 

Drum said she never wanted to cause any problems about the move.

 "I just wanted to bring the library back home," she said. 

In the past few months Drum and her husband and others have worked in the building, put in new tile and decorated several rooms with books, shelves, magazines and childrens' items.

"All of these things are mine. I just brought them from home," she said. 

The building includes several rooms, a Cliffside historical room and  bathroom facilities. There is also a second floor that is not handicapped accessible, but could be used for offices, meeting room or other events.

Last week patrons at the Haynes Branch Library said they would not be able to go to the library if it is moved because they do not have transportation. They walk to the library almost every day, one family said.