Library schedules bookmobile hours at closed Radcliff branch

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Children's story hour temporarily moved to Colvin Community Center

By Marty Finley

The Hardin County Public Library has released a schedule of  bookmobile dates at the North Branch Library in Radcliff this month to accommodate residents while the facility is closed.

The bookmobile will be stationed in the parking lot of the North Branch at 800 S. Logsdon Parkway starting Monday. Next week, the bookmobile will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and will close from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch, according to Director Rene Hutcheson. The bookmobile also will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 8 with no service planned on Thursday or Friday.

During the week of Nov. 14-18, the bookmobile will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Like the previous week, the bookmobile will close from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.

“We also want to thank the regular bookmobile customers who are doing without service these two weeks so that the bookmobile can be stationed in Radcliff,” Hutcheson said in an e-mail.

The library has moved its children's story hour to Colvin Community Center temporarily. The program is 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays and open to children 3 to 5 years of age accompanied by a caregiver.

The library system made the bookmobile available to the northern part of the county as a way to assist residents while the branch facility is closed for roof repairs. The county found several trusses were heavily cracked or broken in the older part of the facility, compromising the integrity and safety of the structure.

Furniture, books, computers and equipment have been moved to the renovated section of the Radcliff facility or into county storage, Hutcheson has said. Meanwhile, workers in the Radcliff branch have transitioned into roles at the main branch in Elizabethtown.

Hardin Fiscal Court approved the engineering work for the repairs last week, and Judge-Executive Harry Berry authorized an executive order to expedite the work. However, he said it will be early 2012 before the facility is reopened.

Hutcheson encouraged residents to visit www.hcpl.info for updates and announcements and said the library staff will work to alleviate the inconvenience of the closure.

“Please be assured that we will waive all fines for North Branch customers during this transition,” Hutcheson said in an e-mail. “We ask for your patience and understanding during this construction period. You may call us at 769-6337 and we are so sorry for this inconvenience.”

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com