The Duncan Banner

October 20, 2013

Elm Terrace adds children’s library

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — After years of rumors and planning, Elm Terrace Apartments now have a children’s library.

The library opened about two months ago, but Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry ambassadors performed a ribbon cutting of the library Friday morning. The library is geared toward children, ranging from birth to 18 years old.

The library concept was initially approached by the Stephens County Smart Start Board, but was put on the hold as board member Daisy Lawler looked for space to host the library. When a trailer upgraded for office space at the apartment complex, Lawler took the opportunity to suggest transforming a storage room into the children’s library.

“The library idea has been floating around for a long time,” Mary King, who runs the Elm Terrace office with her daughter Constance King, said. “I don’t know why we were so lucky for Daisy Lawler to show up. There are lot of volunteers who have helped us out. We hope to have an adult library at some point, but we’re just starting out.”

Lawler said the Elm Terrace Library was a something she wanted to see happen while she was a member of the Smart Start Board. And when she recently saw the trailer had been upgraded with plumbing and electricity, the library concept came out of hibernation to become reality.

She said the library will have at least 1,500 books by the time she gets the remaining 700 books pocketed and ready to go. More books can be donated to the library.

“We will fill this library up,” Lawler said.

There are about 80 youths who live in the Elm Terrace Apartments. Lawler said the library is for them and for other children living in the area nearby. Mary King said the library has been an immediate hit with area children.

“The turnout of children has been unbelievable,” King said.

Duncan Public Library Director Jan Cole was at the ribbon cutting to express her excitement for the children’s library at Elm Terrace. Cole said one goals of the Duncan Public Library is to work in tandem with the Elm Terrace Library.

Cole said Elm Terrace residents can use the Duncan Public Library’s website to access various resources. The public library may also start scheduling regular children story time at the apartment complex.

Mayor Gene Brown said the library is a great demonstration of community support and hard work. Brown said the library will help provide more learning opportunities of area children.

“Knowledge is a valuable thing,” Brown said. “A lot of people are wanting to help out. I know I am. I know it’s going to be a success.”