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Hopkins County - Madisonville Public Library to Get New Building

After three years and several setbacks, the Hopkins County – Madisonville Public Library is getting a new building. Library Vice-President Gary Hunt says board members voted Tuesday to authorize the purchase of a former Save-A-Lot grocery building close to downtown Madisonville. 

Hunt says the new building gives them room to grow. He says,

“It’s not as large as we’d like to have, perhaps, but it’s about 12,000 square feet, and the library that we’re working out of now, which is at the mall, is only about 7,000 square feet.”

Hunt says the new building has plenty of parking as well, which was a problem for them in the past. He says they expect to close on the purchase Monday and then start renovations. Hunt says the board wants to open the new building in mid-December before they have to move out of their current location. He says they haven’t decided what they will do with the old downtown library building.

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique.
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