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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:30 am

What does it take to move not one, but two entire libraries to another location?

Michael Roche, director of Rockingham County Public Library, says it will be a first-time event for him and his staff.

The Madison and Mayodan Public Libraries will close down and merge into what will be the Madison-Mayodan Public library, at 611 Burton St in Madison.

Roche said the process is expected to take about a month.

“I’ve never done it before,” Roche said. “This is going to be a learning experience for myself and everyone involved.”

Before combining collections, there first has to be a weeding-out of duplicates.

There are some best sellers that you will want to have duplicates of,” Roche said. “The older ones with less demand, we’ll weed out the duplicate copies.”

Once that is done, the staff will have to box up all the books from the old libraries.

“That’s the hard part—dissembling one and organizing another,” Roche said. “Multiply by it by two.”

He said they’re going to do one library at a time.

The duplicate copies are being sold by the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore, located at 103 2nd Ave in Mayodan. The prices range from 25 cents to $2. Some current editions are $3.

Friends of the Library’s hours are Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The good thing is that no one will lose their jobs in the process.

The Madison and Mayodan Public Libraries have the same staff. The employees work in Madison on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in Mayodan on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“There won’t be a problem merging staff,” Roche said. “They will just be in one location instead of two.”

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