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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A New and Improved Library Reopens in Weir

In late 2017, a new library system was formed in Mississippi. The libraries in Ackerman and Weir became part of the Choctaw County Library System. The main branch in Ackerman reopened to the public in May 2018.

On September 23, the branch in Weir held a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening celebration. MLC staff members Lacy Ellinwood, Library Development Director, and Susan Liles, Public Relations Director, made the trip to see first-hand the outstanding transformation of this library.

Outdoor moveable sign reads Choctaw County Library System, established 2017. Blue balloons are attached to the sign. A permanent marker for the Choctaw County Blues stands next to the sign.
Shelves of children's books. Some are turned face out so you can see the titles.

System Director Cristin Henson and her staff have worked diligently to ensure that the residents of Choctaw County have not had to face an extended period of time with no library services. She has worked very closely with her MLC consultant, Louisa Whitfield-Smith, on properly weeding the collection and other tasks involved in preparing the branch for serving patrons.

A large group of people are standing around talking. They are crammed into a library and children's books are arranged on the tops of bookshelves.

With greetings from Mayor Shuni Coffey and System Director Cristin Henson, the festivities got underway and everyone gathered outside for the cutting of the ribbon into the library.

A woman addresses groups of people standing around the inside of a library.
Mayor Shuni Coffee welcomes patrons to the improved library.

A woman addresses groups of people standing around the inside of a library.
Library System Director, Cristin Henson shares a bit of history about the library with those in attendance.

A large group of people hold up a blue ribbon and stretch it out in front of them. A woman in the middle holds a pair of scissors, ready to cut the ribbon..

With a great deal of support from the community, these two libraries now serve the members of this county with updated materials, public access computers, and a dedicated staff. MLC is proud to support this new library system and applaud them for their dedication to serving their communities.

Two women stand next to each other. On the wall behind them, a sign reads, Choctaw County Library System, Weir Branch.
Library System Director Cristin Henson (left) with MLC Library Development Director Lacy Ellinwood
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