Drumroll, please!!!!! After years of waiting and the hard work and generosity of so very many determined supporters, the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Library announces the official groundbreaking of the new library will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at the site of the new library building.
The building site fronts S. Brittain Street across from the Old City Cemetery. Everyone is invited to join the celebration. The library will be closed briefly that afternoon so that all staff may attend.
The library's construction will take about a year to complete. This is such an exciting time for Bedford County. We will be keeping you informed of the building's progress on our website at www.acolibrary.com and on our Facebook page. We are already beginning to plan for the move.
A big congratulations goes out to our own Jessica Osborne, who graduated from Motlow Community College last Saturday with an associate of science in Teaching. Miss Jessica is busy visiting schools and putting the finishing touches on the Summer Reading Program. Don't forget signup for Summer Reading fun begins May 28.
At the recent Tennessee Library Association conference in Murfreesboro, I was again impressed with the wealth of services that are offered free of charge to Tennessee residents. Among these, the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped shines as a great example of your tax dollars at work. Those who are blind or unable to read regular print with corrective aids because of illness or injury, or those who cannot hold a book or turn pages due to illness or disability are eligible for these wonderful services.
One can also enroll for service if your condition is temporary such as after an eye or hand surgery. As a talking-book patron, you receive the loan of a portable digital audiobook player and access to audiobooks mailed directly to your home. They can be returned postage free.
Braille materials are also available. Remember, too, that blind or physically handicapped children are eligible for these services, and that many award-winning and classic children's books are available to borrow free of charge. If you know someone who might want to try these services, please call 1-800-342-3308 (toll free), or (615)-741-3915, or pick up an enrollment form at your local library.
Keep on reading, whether it is with your eyes, your ears, or your fingertips!
-- Rita Allen is director of the Argie Cooper Library.