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Bursting at the Seams

As your librarian and manager for the Bailey Cove Library, a branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system, I am overjoyed to see such a positive public response in support of a new library building for the community of South Huntsville.

Consider this -- what reasons might bring you to the decision of moving your family into a new and larger house? Do you need easier and safer passage for walking and biking? Is your current house a fraction of the size that your family requires? If you find that your house is falling apart at the seams and you are pouring more money into repairs than actual improvements, it is likely that you will want to invest in a structure that you can trust to be reliable and stable, and is a positive reflection of how much you care about the growing and changing needs of your family. We are faced with the same challenges with the current status of the Bailey Cove Library, and we feel the same way about wanting to provide the very best for the citizens of Huntsville and Madison County.

If you have ever tried to find a parking spot in our 27-space lot during one of the wildly popular storytimes or puppet-shows, or you wanted to find a seat in our 50-person meeting room during a doubly-crowded author event, or maybe you simply wanted to host your own civic group only to find that the one meeting room is perpetually booked, you are already aware of the fact that our community’s demand for library services has far outgrown this landlocked former Ace Hardware building. Library employees are experts in the art of frugality, but doing more with less can only go so far. A knowledgeable, talented, and welcoming library staff is already in place, and we are thrilled at the possibility of moving forward to serve you in a new facility.

The fact that the materials circulation at the Bailey Cove Library has increased by almost 12,000 items to 338,000 items this last year is a clear indicator that your library is still vital. We continue to offer world-class storytimes, teen events, book clubs, and STEAM inspired programs for all ages. We believe that with a more accommodating space and adequate parking, as well as groovy amenities such as a sound/video recording booth, the newest technologies, gallery space, an abundance of rooms for quiet study, studio work, conferences, and banquets, and even a coffee shop, the public library will be more useful and relevant in your life than ever.

With your support, together we are faced with the opportunity to create a spacious, multi-use, state-of-the-art facility. We need your input in order for this building to be everything it can be in 5 years and 25 years down the road. We need your input now, more than ever, so we may ensure that this is truly “the Community’s Library”.

Patsy Ducote has been an employee of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system since 2001. In that time, she served as a Youth Services Librarian at the Madison Branch, and as the Manager of three different HMCPL locations; the Bessie K. Russell Branch on Sparkman Dr., the Eleanor Murphy Branch on Charlotte Dr., with the last 4 years at the Bailey Cove Branch, where she can still be found matchmaking people with their next favorite books.