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Big plans for library in new year

By Leigh Anne Butler

The Tallassee Community Library is ringing in 2016 with many exciting additions.

Margaret Lumpkin has been promoted to director, and Mary Baker is the library assistant.

“The library has had great directors through the years.  I want to continue to leave my mark like my predecessors,” Lumpkin said.

Lumpkin, who served as library assistant for almost nine years, assumed the director and head librarian position in mid-November.  She was a volunteer for three years.

“My number one goal for 2016 is to complete a hands-on inventory of the entire library,” Lumpkin explained.  “We want to put our hands on every book.  January is amnesty month, which works well with our inventory efforts.  Through the end of January, overdue books can be dropped off in the book drop or brought inside and turned in to make sure your account is cleared up.  If you’ve lost a book, we are asking for patrons to make a DVD or a CD audio book donation.”  

Lumpkin was optimistic about the new year.  “We have been approved for a grant that should be ready by mid fall.  We are planning on expanding our non-fiction and large print collections.  Our summer reading program, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, is already in place and is a fun curriculum that incorporates fitness into reading.”

The Blount Foundation awarded the library with a grant to purchase two additional bookcases, which leaves only three bookcases to complete the campaign to replace all the library’s older bookcases. 

Lumpkin added, “Our Lego club is in the planning stages and we hope to begin meeting in February.”  The Lego club is slated to meet once a month during after school hours.


“Our new library assistant, Mary Baker, has many new ideas and is a great asset to the library,” Lumpkin concluded.  “One idea Mary is currently working on is a book club which will begin sometime in the new year.”

“I feel like the reason I was promoted was because of my patrons.  They make my job enjoyable.”

The Tallassee Community Library is located at 99 Freeman Avenue in East Tallassee.  The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Beginning January 4, regular business hours will resume.  The library is open Monday 9-5, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-6, Thursday 9-5 and Saturday 9-1.

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