Collegedale Public Library opens for in-library use and receives grant for damaged books

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The Collegedale Public Library opened on March 15 for limited in-library use including browsing and checking out books, using the computers and studying at indoor tables.

According to a Collegedale Public Library news release, patrons will be required to wear masks, maintain six feet of social distance when using the library services and wait if the library reaches full capacity. 

“The Library is pleased to expand services in a safe way to meet community needs,” said Collegedale Public Library Director Natalie Wright in the news release. “We are happy to move forward with community support.”

During the April 17 tornado that came through Collegedale last year, 324 young adult section books valuing $5,526 were destroyed in the tornado damage along with other sections of books, according to a Collegedale Public Library news release

According to the news release, the repair process included the City of Collegedale replacing the roof and The Friends of Collegedale Public Library donating to replace other sections of books including non-fiction and adult fiction. 

“In all, a total of 534 books were damaged at a cost of $10,832.” the news release said. 

On March 4, the Collegedale Public Library announced on their Facebook page that the Friends of Collegedale Public Library received a $5,000 grant from the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation to replace the lost young adult fiction books, including titles such as “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

“We were absolutely thrilled that the Friends of Collegedale Public Library received a grant that fulfilled 50% of the Tornado Relief Fund goal [of $10,000], especially before another Summer Reading Program begins,” Wright said. 

According to Wright, the Collegedale Library will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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