By Nathan Prewett
For the Tribune
TRUSSVILLE — “I’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Emily Tish, Trussville Public Library’s director as she was getting ready to cut the ribbon with city officials, making the library’s re-opening official. Though it was a rainy Sunday afternoon, the inside of the library was alive with visitors as they gathered to see the ribbon cutting.
“It may be raining on the outside but it’s a beautiful day inside this library, I can tell you that” said Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat. “This has been a team effort from day one.”
After the ribbon cutting, the library was open to self-guided tours and refreshments before a performance by storyteller Dolores Hydock.
Last year, the library closed as it underwent extensive renovations in a $4.3 million project that was carried out by Blalock Building Company in Trussville. Several weeks ago, it was reopened with multiple additions and upgrades, including an auditorium where Hydock appeared today.
“Working with the city has been a great honor for me,” Tish said. “And I have enjoyed the process. They’ve been very supportive of the library because it means so much to the community and I’m so grateful to them.”
See below for a gallery of today’s reopening ceremony: