Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Fairmont City Library Center

Sunday, August 24th
2pm to 4pm
Fairmont City Library Center
in the American Legion Hall
2870 North 44th St.
Fairmont City

The Open House will allow the public the first look at the new Fairmont City Library Center. Refreshments will be provided and staff will be there to give you a tour of the shared-use building and answer any questions that you may have about the new library service in its new location.

In June of this year the Mississippi Valley Library District based in the Collinsville Memorial Library Center decided to open a satellite library in a classroom of the Holy Rosary School in Fairmont City. It was an attempt to offer library service to the communities of State Park and Fairmont City in hopes that a more permanent location could be found if the interest of the communities warranted the continuation of the service. In the two short months that the small library was open over 1,000 people visited the temporary location and had taken home over 1,500 items. The overwhelming response to having a library in that area was an important step to increasing the effort by the Mississippi Valley Library District to find a permanent home in the area as soon as possible.

Several Fairmont City Post 961 American Legion members, hearing of the growing popularity of the Library Center, approached the Library District with an offer of putting the library into their building on 44th Street in Fairmont City and having it occupy several of the rooms. This sharing of the building gave the Mississippi Valley Library District just the opportunity it needed to put in a permanent library for the community.

The Fairmont City Library Center closed its doors in the classroom of the Holy Rosary School on July 31st and moved its collection to the American Legion Hall. Since then the Library District staff and workers have been getting the building ready to give the area complete library service with a complete collection of books, audiobooks, children’s items, music, videocassettes, dvds, as well as a computer lab, reference service and study and reading areas.

The first full day of service will be on Tuesday, August 26th and the doors will open at 10am and close at 6pm. The hours for the Fairmont City Library Center will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10am to 6pm and Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm.