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Jellico Library News

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Jellico Library News

Library Director Mark J. Tidwell

Jellico Public Library hosted a President’s Day reading program on February 21.  Linda Hollars, retired Whitley County teacher, dressed in full costume as Betsy Ross, came and quizzed the kids on presidential trivia.  The kids did pretty well with all those presidential questions and seemed to have a great time.

The library itself is still in a period of transformation due to the expansion project.  We are very excited about, but also very tired from all the wall removal, shelf moving, book stacking, cleaning, painting and all the myriad of other projects currently going on. 

We have been a beehive of activity.  We are trying to maintain as many services as possible during the renovation.  However, at times services have had to be, and will have to be interrupted in the future.  Please bear with us as this major project continues to progress.  All the extra work and disruption will be well worth the effort when the finished project in finally unveiled.

Please note, we could be closed during certain regularly scheduled work hours due to the construction and so many other tasks swirling about.  We will do our best to keep folks posted, but there’s always the unexpected to deal with.  Some things may come up beyond the staff’s control for which we’ll have to be closed, or temporarily discontinue some services.

Seven hundred square feet will be added directly to the service area of Jellico Public Library.  This is going to make a huge difference in the way we are able to arrange our assets and accommodate the people of Jellico and the surrounding communities.  State of Tennessee guidelines specify that we should have .75 square foot per capita.  We have been assigned an Official Service Area Population of 5,326 here at Jellico.  Technically we should have 3,900 square foot to serve our population.  We’ll be very close to this specification when the project is complete.

The library is looking sharp with its new paint scheme.  Formerly, the walls were a dull beige monotone.  We have brightened things up considerably with bright white on the walls with Jellico Blue Devils blue from the floor up to the window sills.  Now some people have been confusing this with Kentucky blue.  I assure you, the paint professionals at Buck’s Jellico Hardware, next door to the library, went above and beyond the call of duty to carefully duplicate Jellico’s color with their line of Grayseal paint.  Rosa Thomas and Ronnie Buck have really come through on the job with the paint and other little items needed during the project.  They’ve even delivered “Johnny on the spot” the huge distance between the hardware and library.