Branch library to open in Chapel Hill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

By Jan Allen

Director, Marshall County Memorial Library

Marshall County Memorial Library is happy to announce the opening of its Chapel Hill Branch, located at the Chapel Hill Community Center, 206 Depot Street. You are cordially invited to an open house being held at the Chapel Hill location from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 4. Please come and visit the new branch.

Opening up a branch in Chapel Hill has long been one of the goals for MCML. And, despite not having county funding for the entire project, we are moving in the right direction. The City of Chapel Hill is providing space within the Community Center in which MCML can house a small branch. MCML currently has a director, four full-time employees and four part-time employees.

The Branch will operate under MCML Director. The Chapel Hill Branch Library will be staffed by Debra Sands, a resident of Chapel Hill and full-time employee of MCML for the last 11 years. Debra will be at the location on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. Then, on Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., June Lubieski, also a resident of Chapel Hill and part-time employee of MCML for the last three years, will be available.

The Chapel Hill Branch Library will operate under the MCML Policy as set by the Library Board of Trustees (Chair Beth Chunn, and members Ralph Stephens, Brenda Brown, Tom Sumners, Rena Finley, Jennifer Meyer, and Donald Hayes). Even though we might not be there all the time, Carol Hale, Director of the Chapel Hill Community Center, will be able to assist you in the library when she can and you can always call (931) 359-3335.

The first day of operation at the Chapel Hill branch will be Tuesday, April 8. Many books were donated by residents of Chapel Hill -- they've been processed and are ready for check out. But the best part is that the residents of Chapel Hill will not be limited to just what the Branch has available -- we will bring materials from the main library for those requesting items. You may reserve an item, and if it is in the main library and available it will be brought to the CH site for pick up. You may return books to the Chapel Hill site when we are not present by dropping items off in the portable book drop on the inside of the building.

Public computers will not be available at the Chapel Hill site.