Hanover Public Library
set to open in spring 2010
to include Internet
access, audio-video loans
HANOVER, Ind. (January 2010) - In tough economic times,
while many community services face budget shortfalls and a lack of support,
libraries historically thrive. Jefferson County, Ind., is no exception
to that phenomenon either, and the upcoming Hanover Jefferson County
Public Library will be a welcome addition to the library system.
by Konnie McCollum
Hanover Jefferson County
Public Library will offer the same
services as the Madison branch
of the library system.
Community support for our library services has always
been great, said Kristi Harms, director of the Madison Jefferson
County Public Library. We are excited about the new Hanover library
because we know there is a big need for it in the community.
The new Hanover public library, located in the former Madison Bank and
Trust building on Hwy. 56-62 at Madison Avenue, is scheduled to open
on April 10. Library officials are planning a huge celebration for the
We are fortunate that we can afford to open a library at a time
when other communities cant, said Harms. We have the
funds already scheduled into the regular budget, and there will be no
need for additional taxes to operate it.
The former bank was purchased from MainSource Bank for $75,000, just
less than 20 percent of the appraised value, according to the librarys
website. The Town of Hanover sponsored a $500,000 Community Focus Fund
grant to help fund needed improvements to the building.
Bradshaw Building Specialties Inc., North Vernon, Ind., is the general
contractor for the project, and work has been under way on the renovations
since ground was broken on May 21. Prince-Alexander Partners Inc. of
Indianapolis was the architect for the project.
When finished, the former bank building will become the adult reading
room and magazine section. The former bank drive-through was demolished
to make way for a new wing that will house the childrens section,
and there will also be a drive through for book drop-offs and pickups.
There are many residents of Hanover who dont drive or are
unable to get to the Madison library, said Harms. We plan
to offer the same services at the new library that we offer at our Madison
Those services include adult and children reading collections from the
latest best-sellers to all-time classics, videos, music and audio books,
magazines and newspapers, public computers and wireless Internet, childrens
story hours and programming, Literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language
tutoring, and more.
Harms said during economic hardships, people tend to use the library
more to take advantage of the free services that are offered, including
video rentals and internet access. People have had to give up
some of the extras, and have found they can have them for free at the
library, she said.
Madison Jefferson County Public Library is part of the Evergreen
Indiana interlibrary loan service, and the Hanover branch will be added
to that as well, said Harms.
That means library users can borrow materials in Jennings, Jackson and
Switzerland counties and even return them in Jefferson County. Currently,
there are more than 40 Indiana library systems where patrons can use
Evergreen Indiana cards. More than 60 libraries intend to join.
For more information about the Hanover
Jefferson County Public Library, visit www.mjcpl.org.
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