By Thomas Simpson
NETTLETON – Nettleton’s public library, located just outside of its downtown, soon will move to a roomier location.
Maridelle Dickerson, who has been the librarian at the Dorothy J. Lowe Memorial Library for 13 years, said there is no definitive date for the opening of the new location, which was formerly a funeral home owned by state Rep. Steve Holland. However, she did confirm that it would be in April.
“Right now, we are packing up boxes in the old location to get ready for the move-in date,” Dickerson said. “We are still waiting on AT&T to put cables into the computers at the new location so that we have internet access when we move in.”
The current library facility, which opened in 1987, is about 576 square feet. The new building will be more than 5,000 square feet.
“I have so many story times and readings that I do throughout the year, and sometimes these programs include a lot of kids,” Dickerson said. “I tried to do it in the current location when I first got here, but it ended up being too cramped.”
Dickerson said the local churches helped provide space for these reading programs and story times, but that a bigger space was greatly needed.
Holland agreed to sell the building for $100,000, far less than the appraised value, last year.
The city will provide any needed funds that are not privately raised in a year’s time, but Holland agreed to let the library relocate sooner rather than later.
“We have seen a lot of support from the community,” Dickerson said. “The local food pantry has donated boxes to help us pack up. We’ve had some friends working on applying for grants to help fund the new location, and we’ve had some fundraisers planned as well.”
One organization, the Friends of the Dorothy J. Lowe Memorial Library, is hoping to raise money to move the library into the new facility.
The volunteer organization plans to purchase new equipment for the facility, like computers, shelving and tables. To help offset these costs, the group has created an online fundraiser through RedBasket.org to raise $8,295.
The fundraiser will be online through March 28. For more information, visit the organization’s fundraising page at https://redbasket.org/1218/the-friends-of-the-dorothy-j-low-memorial-library.
“I’d just like to say thank you to all of the volunteers who have taken the time to help us out during this transition,” Dickerson said. “The town has shown a ton of support for the relocation, and we are all very excited for the new location.”