New Turrell Library opens

Mayor: ‘Things came together so well’

By Mark Randall

The new library in Turrell is a hit with the community. The library officially opened its doors Dec. 8. Mayor Dorothy Cooper said there were about a dozen people using the library opening day. “The response was wonderful,” Cooper said. “Everything is working out great.” They also had about 20 people turn out for the ribbon cutting which was held on Nov. 21. “It was a great turn out which included many community leaders and elected officials,” Cooper said. “This is what I worked so hard for. I always told the Turrell citizens I would work to leave the library mansion ready for our wonderful community, and this is what I prayed did. Many, many unselfish, unpaid hours went into making it all happen.” Cooper worked for four years to get a library for Turrell. The newest library branch is housed in a trailer which was donated to the city Dr. Glenn Fenter when he was president of Mid-South Community College. Cooper used money she had raised to pay for the construction of a ramp and decking on the building. Crittenden County Quorum Court donated two computers and a printer and will pay $3,100 a year for a part-time librarian and office supplies, and $600 a year for Internet. The county also paid $1,500 to underpin the building’s foundation. Cooper thanked everyone in the county who called and donated books. Lester Pierce, Barbara Woods and Beverly Keaton of I Am A Part Church in West Memphis helped gather over 1,000 donated books. “We went all throughout Crittenden County to pick up books,” Cooper said. “We have plenty of books now. Their generosity will never be forgotten.” Cooper also singled out Fenter, city workers Jerry Dyson and Jerry Hale, and citizen Jimy Lee Anthony for their work in getting the library finished. “Things came together so well because Turrell matters,” Cooper said The library is open Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The city has also hired a librarian, Jennifer Carr.


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