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June 17, 2010

Windfall Library unveils renovations at summer reading kickoff

When it’s summertime, the living is easy and the reading is fun.

And unlike some summer activities for children, this fun is free.

Wednesday, the Windfall Library, a branch of the Tipton County Library, kicked off its Summer READing Club with the theme “Camp Read S’More.” Events were held at the renovated library building at 127 McClellan St.

The weekly children’s program continues through July 23, said Linda Joines, director of the Tipton libraries.

“The kids have been out of school for a couple of weeks and this is a chance to get them outside and encourage them to read,” said Joines.

However, in addition to celebrating the summer reading kickoff, the Windfall branch is also celebrating a grand opening.

Closed for the past several months, the building, which was formerly a First Farmers Bank and Trust branch, has been totally renovated. Although it isn’t completely a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building, it’s as green as it can be, said Joines.

Formed in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that indicates a structure was built or remodeled using strategies for energy savings, water efficiency, improved environmental quality and stewardship of resources.

“We recycled the carpet, the glass, all the metals and the lighting. We did everything we could to make this as green as we could get it,” said Joines.

She noted the renovation project, which totaled more than $300,000, was paid for though library project funds and past savings without any taxpayer money.

“We were able to sell the [bank] vault doors. We tried to recycle as much as we could to keep things out of the landfill.”

Regardless, children and parents were more interested Wednesday with the library’s outdoor activities and having books read to them.

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