Turrell Library to hold Open House

Community invited to see new facility this weekend

By Mark Randall news@theeveningtimes.com

Turrell is inviting residents to come see their new library. Mayor Dorothy Cooper, who worked four years to get the city a library branch, said they will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. “It’s beautiful,” Cooper said. “Everyone is invited and I hope you will all come out.” The library is housed in a trailer which was donated to the city by Dr. Glenn Fenter when he was president of Mid-South Community College. Cooper first brought the idea of opening a library branch in Turrell in 2012 and worked to get the endorsement of the county library board and funding from the Quorum Court. She personally raised $2,000 and used the donated money to build a ramp and decking to make the trailer handicapped accessible. The Quorum Court provided $1,500 for the underpinning and agreed to appropriate $3,100 for a part-time librarian and office supplies, and $600 for Internet service. The county also gave the library computers and printers. Turrell is paying for the cost of utilities and insurance on the building. Cooper thanked residents who responded to their request for books, and would welcome even more books. “We got a ton of books,” Cooper said. “So thank you.” Anyone interested in donating books can call 870-343-2537 or drop them off at City Hall. The library is located at 52 Flippo Street, across from the Post Office.

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