New library to be dedicated

April 16, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - Residents in the southern end of Jefferson County will celebrate the opening of their new library in Summit Point on Saturday, officials with the South Jefferson Public Library said.

The new South Jefferson Public Library opened in February, but Saturday's event will be the grand opening and dedication, said library Director Dana Jenkins.

The dedication will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include children's games, a visit from local author Susan Crites, storytelling for children and food, Jenkins said.


The building at the intersection of Summit Point Road and Church Street cost about $350,000 to build and more than tripled the space the library had in its former location, library officials have said.

For 19 years, the library operated out of a cramped portable classroom where books were stacked to the ceiling.

Space was so tight in that building at the corner of Shirley Road and Summit Point Road that when children's programs were held, sometimes half the youngsters had to wait outside, said Don Ranelli, president of the library's board of directors.

The new library has room for 10,000 books. The accommodations also include Internet access areas, a computerized card catalog and a meeting room that has a capacity for about 40 people, Ranelli said.

There has been a growing need for space to hold community meetings with legislators and other functions, Ranelli said.

Visitation has been brisk ever since the new library opened, Jenkins said this week.

Because of a new computer system, library patrons had to obtain new library cards, and about 300 to 400 cards have been issued, Jenkins said.

"Activity has definitely picked up going from one building to another," Jenkins said.

The library's regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday's hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

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