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New Roswell library’s informal name seen as too divisive by some
by Joan Durbin
August 28, 2013 12:16 PM | 2221 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It is east of Ga. 400 and it is in Roswell.

But when it opens in 2014, the newest library in this city likely will not be called East Roswell Library, even though that is how it has been informally known for the past seven years.

“I don’t want to see ‘east’ in that name, and I will not support it,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood.

“Some folks create division in Roswell over living on one side of town versus the other, and I don’t want to be part of continuing that geographical division. I and the council represent the whole of this city and what side of town you live on doesn’t make a difference.”

A three-person committee in each of the cities getting new library facilities from the 2008 library bond referendum will recommend a name for the libraries in their area to the Fulton County Library Board today.

“Library names have been brought forth with supporting documentation and community support,” said north Fulton resident Stephanie Moody, who chairs the library board.

“The suggested names will be presented at our next board meeting, Aug. 28, for branches where land has been purchased and design is in the final stages. That includes at least five branches, three from north Fulton.”

Names approved by the board will be sent to the county commission for the final decision.

Moody said she sat on the Roswell, Milton and Alpharetta committees “more as a mediator than a contributor, although I did do my research regarding each area’s history and I listened to residents’ and city council’s ‘wants’ regarding the names brought forth.”

The committee in Roswell is comprised of Councilwoman Nancy Diamond, Lynn McIntyre and Eileen Seidman, who solicited input on a possible name from residents and elected officials.

“We were thinking it was going to be just East Roswell Library, but the city council doesn’t want to divide the city any more on an east-west basis,” said Pat Price, who with Seidman, is a charter member of a 1,600-member group that has championed a new library in this city since 2006.

“I can tell you my input was about having something other than East Roswell,” Diamond said on Friday.

The land on which the new library is being built was donated by the city and sits adjacent to East Roswell Park. Price said at the Aug. 1 groundbreaking for the new 15,000-square-foot library, she even heard talk about changing the park’s name to delete the “east” reference.

“We are looking at the east and west names we have around town to see where we can update with names that have more meaning than just a side of the city,” Diamond said.

“Now that our parks have been developed for a while, we may want to recognize some of the people who have helped make them possible, like we did at Don White Park.”

Wood said even though East Roswell Park’s name does make a geographic statement, “there is no movement on to rename the park. I do not wish to do that and there has been no discussion about going forward on it.”

The library naming process has been low profile and the name being sent to the library board has been kept under wraps.

Lacking city council or mayoral support, that name is not going to be East Roswell, Price said.

“It will probably be something like Holcomb Bridge Library or Holcomb Glen or River-something,” Price said.

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