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Fulton Library Board nixes name for new Roswell facility
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
September 04, 2013 02:04 PM | 1951 views | 6 6 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s back to square one in the effort to get an acceptable name for the new library being built in Roswell.

At its meeting last week, the Fulton Library Board did not approve the Roswell naming committee’s suggested name, A.W. Holcombe Library.

“Now we need to go back to the drawing board,” said Lynn McIntyre, one of three committee members.

The rejected name was Holcombe Glen Library, after A.W. Holcombe, a prominent local citizen, land owner, business person and delegate to the Constitutional Convention during Reconstruction.

According to the committee, that name “would help locate the library location as well as provide an opportunity to illuminate a time of great upheaval in Georgia’s history,” the post Civil War era when slavery had ended and when voting rights for former slaves were first established in Georgia.

“There was concern about the name for several interesting reasons,” McIntyre said in an email she sent to report to her fellow committee members.

“One board member wanted to know why it wasn't going to be East Roswell Library. Another comment was having the 'e' on Holcomb was confusing. There was concern about the use of the word ‘Glen’ which sounded like a neighborhood to some, but did not convey the location.

“All in all, there was little concern with the use of the name of A.W. Holcombe from a historical point of view and more concern about getting the location well established.”

Roswell’s challenge is to name what will be the second library in the city in a way that clearly denotes where it is.

Prior to the library board meeting, Mayor Jere Wood made it clear that he and other elected officials would not be happy calling it East Roswell Library, even though that has been the facility’s informal name since a group of citizens first began advocating for the second library several years ago.

Calling it East Roswell would be unacceptable, Wood said, because “some folks create division in Roswell over living on one side of town versus the other.”

The naming committee is actively soliciting suggested names from city residents. Names can be sent by email to any of the following Naming Committee members, no later than Sept. 9:

•Eileen Seidman R4455ATL@aol.com

•Nancy Diamond: ndiamond@roswellgov.com

•Lynn McIntyre: lynn.mcintyre.770@gmail.com



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Jason Andrews
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September 19, 2013
Fouts Tower Library Makes Sense.
Patsy Van Pelt
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September 19, 2013
While I do like Mr. Richardson's suggestion, I'd like to be more inclusive. How about:

The WynnWood DiamondDippolito Tower of Love Library at East Roswell Park. Since these five people are responsible for the destruction of the park's natural beauty, they should forever be recognized for their actions.
Bob Richardson
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September 19, 2013
Why not have the citizens of Roswell vote for the name? the citizens could be given choices (e.g. East Roswell Library, Nancy Diamond Tower Library, etc) or have the opportunity to choose their own name.
Bob Richardson
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September 19, 2013
The name should be the Nancy Diamond Tower Library in recognition of Ms.Diamond's approval to place a 350' tower on a heavily wooded lot behind the library, destroying hundreds of trees and wildlife habitat. The tower could have been located on commercial/industrial property but Roswell leaders insisted it be on city property so they could get revenue from leasing the land. Also, it's an unnecessary duplication of a county upgrade, wasting millions in taxpayers money.
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September 19, 2013
I think the Fouts Tower Library would be a good name. Then if residents call for directions the library can say. Get on Holcomb Bridge Road, look for the 350' Tower, you can see it for miles and miles, once you get to what looks like a once beautiful park and neighborhood you will see a big metal tower, with barbed wire, metal building and danger signs, the library is right in front of it. You can't miss it.
Lee Fleck
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September 10, 2013
Mayor Wood cannot bully the FC Library board, he and every other politician only gets one vote just like every other ordinary citizens.

East Roswell Library located next to East Roswell Park makes perfect sense.
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