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Dothan Opens New Libraries


"Most people have just been absolutely awestruck."

"It's just a beautiful facility and more peaceful and the smell the new of the library. I remember the old library and it's just a lot different."

"This one seems more open, more brighter and more organized than the old one."

"It's just nice here, it's more pleasant."

"It's big."

"It's not as old and also there's better chairs. They're really cool."

Both libraries have only been open for a couple of days.

"It's already changing perspectives of what a library can be. The very first day we had a little girl and she said to her mom, "Mom library pretty."

The library's old home is on Burdeshaw next to one of their new facilities.

"We love our previous building but this building will help us better serve the community."

The previous building was built in 1940 as an elementary school, but there were asbestos issues, old wiring and plumbing issues.

Forbus says the new location's designs are the perfect fit.

"The space is logical, the visibility is a very open floor plan so we can better utilize our staff to supervise. Before we were in a renovated school so the footprint dictated where you had to have people when."

And the space isn't all that's new.

"We have more technology now, we'll be able to check out laptops, in the near future we'll check out kindles, IPads and along with that we've strengthened our book collection."

"New technologies like their touch screen card catalog are making it a lot easier to find your favorite book. You can also browse books from different libraries from Columbia to Ashford."

"We will hopefully bring in a whole lot of people who haven't been in a library since their seventh grade book report and they think, oh that's just where you go for not fun stuff. We want people to come for fun, new technology, because it's a warm welcoming place."


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