Mayor, Community Celebrate At Improved Facility
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five months after flooding forced the closure of their local Nashville Public Library branch, Old Hickory neighbors today regained access to the facility. By afternoon of reopening day, nearly 300 visitors had come through to view the branch and check out books, CDs and movies.
Mayor Karl Dean joined Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library, Darren Jernigan, Metro Councilman and members of the Old Hickory community Thursday morning at the branch, located at 1010 Jones Street in Old Hickory, Tenn., to celebrate the reopening.
In August 2013, flooding brought nearly 10 feet of water into the lower level of the two-story building. Water ruined the elevator, forced complete renovations to the lower floor and required that the entire collection be moved into storage for safekeeping.
The reopened location features flood-related repairs, including a new water retention wall designed to prevent future water damage.
The reopened branch also features other upgrades, which were scheduled prior to August flooding. This work includes new paint and carpet, installation of more efficient lighting and refinishing of the branch’s original service desk.
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 DuPont Company built the Old Hickory structure, a Williamsburg-style building measuring nearly 6,000 square feet, in 1937 for their workers and their families. It was added to Nashville’s library system in 1964.
From July 2012 to June 2013, nearly 60,000 visitors checked out 46,675 books, CDs and movies there. Nearly 3,500 patrons attended branch programs, including weekly preschool story time – a community favorite. The branch offers six public computers, free wireless Internet access and 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, and work.”
Karl F. Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville
“We know Old Hickory Library 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:
Old Hickory Library
A week-by-week listing of events at Old Hickory branch
Images of, directions and connecting bus routes to Old Hickory 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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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
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