Gadsden Public Library to convert Alabama City branch into genealogy library
, 2020-01-19 02:00:00,
Big changes are coming to multiple branches of the Gadsden Public Library beginning this week.
The library’s genealogy and reference department, which is currently located on the fourth floor of the main branch, will be moving into the Hoyt Warsham Library branch located in Alabama City. That branch closed as a traditional library on Friday.
“It will still be a library, but it’s content will be different,” said GPL Director Craig Scott.
Once reopened, it will serve as a facility devoted to researching family trees and local history.
Scott said the move is the first in a series of expected changes to the library as he and the staff work to find new ways to carry out their mission — remaining at the heart of the community while enriching lives, inspiring ideas and creating community.
The Alabama City branch will become formally known as the Bobby Junkins Collection at the Hoyt Warsham Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library. It is named after Junkins, a former director of the library who later served as a state representative and provided funding and resources to develop the genealogy department at the library.
“We owe our genealogy collection to Bobby,” Scott said.
Moving the genealogy and reference material to a new location is expected to have several benefits.
First, the new location will be in close proximity to two other genealogical research sources: the historic Nichols Library operated by the Northeast Alabama Historical Society and the Etowah…
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