By Tim Gann
CENTER POINT — The new Center Point Public Library will open with great public anticipation in mid-March 2020, under the leadership of Martella Nelson, Library Director.
The city of Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson and City Council purchased the former Hilldale Baptist Church property in 2017 and transformed it into a city treasure. The library is the third component of the property, adjacent to the Center Point Community Center.
The library will offer a variety of programs and services for the citizens of Center Point. Storytime, computer classes and book clubs are on the horizon for children and adults. Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) programs for teens and preteens are forthcoming. The library will also host cognitive programs for individuals with dementia. Two reading initiatives, 100 Books before Kindergarten and Ready-Set-Read!, will support early childhood and elementary learning.
The library has an open concept design with adult, teen and preteen areas. The Children’s Department is glass-enclosed and promotes sensory learning for babies, preschoolers and first – second graders. Study rooms for quiet study and a computer lab are available. An added bonus is laptops for children. The laptops were a part of a generous donation from Spectrum.
Center Point Public Library is a member of Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC), which is a One County One Card system. Citizens can use their library membership card at one of 40 libraries in the county with access to more than 1 million library items to include books, audiobooks and e-books.
The Center Point Community Center and Public Library are located at 533 Sunhill Road NW, Center Point, AL 35215.