Mayor, Community Celebrate At Improved Facility
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A month after their local Nashville Public Library branch closed for upgrade work, Edgehill neighbors today regained access to the facility.
By afternoon of reopening day, nearly 255 visitors had come to view the branch, use computers and check out books, CDs and movies. In coming weeks, visitors there can enjoy programs that include a free-throw basketball competition, cooking classes, an African drumming workshop and a movie showing.
Mayor Karl Dean joined Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library, Sandra Moore, Metro Councilwoman and members of the Edgehill community at the branch, located at 1409 12th Ave. S., to celebrate the reopening Tuesday morning.
The reopened location features new paint and carpet, more efficient lighting, refinished furniture (including the branch’s original service desk) and an upgraded multipurpose event space.
These upgrades are part of a larger capital improvement project, taking place across the Library system. Delayed during the recession, these basic improvements are badly needed to keep Library structures safe, up to date and on pace to accommodate Nashville’s growth.
The Edgehill facility opened in 1967, dedicated to Councilman Mansfield Douglas III, who served the community for nearly four decades.
From July 2012 to June 2013, nearly 63,000 visitors checked out 43,213 books, CDs and movies at Edgehill. The branch is known especially for its afterschool programs, offered to students of all ages.
Visitors to Edgehill Library branch will find 15 public computers, free wireless Internet access and a group meeting space.
For details on all Library branch hours and programs, call (615) 862.5800, or visit www.library.nashville.org.
“Our Nashville libraries perform such critical functions for our community, it is only right that they include welcoming, positive, up-to-date facilities, where we all want to go to read, learn, gather, work and dream.”
Karl F. Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville
“We know Edgehill branch is an important part of this neighborhood, and we’re glad to be open again, back to the business of reading, ideas and creating community.”
Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library Director
Pictures from today’s event:
A week-by-week listing of events at Edgehill branch
(Old) images of, directions and connecting bus routes to Edgehill branch
About Nashville Public Library
Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The Library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit library.nashville.org.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
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