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New library in Linwood ready for readers

October 20, 2010

Linwood’s library collection once could be found in a former jail cell, Bruce Nelson noted Sunday.

But it’s gone from that “to a liberated and spacious location, so that’s good,” Nelson said.

The Linwood Community Library board chairman was one of a few officials to speak before a crowd of about 80 on a sunny Sunday afternoon outside the new library at 19649 Linwood Rd. A ribbon cutting followed, thanks to longtime library board member Marceline Turner.

After the ribbon cutting, patrons made their way into their new library, checking out all the nuances of the new location that provides a great deal more space than the former library.

The new site’s 3,500 square feet is double the public space available at the downtown site, library director Sue Peavy said. It was home to the library for roughly 30 years, bridging the gap from those early years of smaller spaces, such as an old jail cell, to the newest locale.

Christy Crews, Linwood, and her daughter Sadie Crews, who is 3, were among the local residents to see the new library at the open house.

“It’s gorgeous,” Crews said. “They’ve done a great job with it. “It will be a great addition to the community.”

Crews said the library has always offered great children’s programs and thought the new venue would enhance those offerings.

Before the ribbon cutting, Nelson also noted it was great for the library to have ownership of its own building, and then he stopped himself, noting First State Bank and Trust had ownership. The new library is being funded through the bank. The

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