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|New Library Makes Immediate Difference in One Knox County Community
|Galesburg might not be close just yet to building a new library, but one Knox County town has done so, and it's already proven to be successful.
Yates City held a dedication ceremony Saturday for the new Salem Township Library, moved a few blocks down the street from its original location, and built through a donation made by resident Doris McKinty, in memory of her late husband Owen.
The new library has been open a month now, but Library Board president Bryan Reynolds says the new location is far outpacing the old one.
"767 patrons came in the door in our first month," Reynolds said to a round of applause. "Our numbers down the street were about 150, 200 a month. So, that's just giving me shivers of what [the public is] doing to come out and use our new library."
The land the new library on North Burson Street in Yates City sits on was donated by the Bank of Yates City. The facility has a meeting room, a kids story time area, and lots more shelf space for more books, among other amenities.
Library officials say Doris McKinty and her husband wanted to make sure future generations could be served by the library.
(The outside of the new Salem Township Library.)
(Jared McDermott, a local veteran, helps local Cub and Girl Scouts raise the flag at the Salem Township Library Saturday.)
(A certificate presented to the library from State Rep. Don Moffitt.)
(A look from behind the new circulation desk. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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