VERNON - The Sam Mitchell Public Library in Vernon held a reopening celebration Wednesday after a two month closure for repairs.
"We were officially closed for two months," said Washington County Public Libraries Director Renae Rountree. "Torrential rains last July made us have issues with the roof, issues like mold. It was the City of Vernon who took care of the roof repair for us, and under $600 of the original estimated cost, might I add."
Sam Mitchell Public Library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rountree said the branch averages 800 visitors a month and circulates more than 500 items. She added the local library branches
have also started a new page program. Page positions are comprised of youth who help in the library in exchange for community service hours. The county currently has two pages; one in Chipley and one in Vernon.
"We want to thank our patrons for their patience, and we're glad that the city and the county could come together to help us in this time of crisis," said Rountree.
Vernon City Mayor Michelle Cook said she's happy to have the Sam Mitchell Public Library back open.
"It's something that is a need for this city," said Cook. "People need the resources that the library provides, which includes internet access, as well as required reading for the youth."
Rountree also added children have the opportunity to "see a movie every day" at the Sam Mitchell Public Library, beginning Aug. 5.
"On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the movies will start at 3:30 p.m., and on Fridays, the movies will start at 10:30 a.m." she said.
The upcoming movie schedule includes: August 5, Despicable Me; August 6, Despicable Me 2; August 8, Monsters Inc.; August 12, Monsters University; August 13, Rio, and August 15, Rio 2.