Patrons turn out to help move books to new Ashland library

More than 300 library patrons came out Saturday to help celebrate the construction of a new library building in Ashland, Mo. The morning event featured a jazz band, snacks, a ribbon cutting and a “book brigade” of community helpers who delivered materials from the old building to the new one.

More than 300 library patrons came out Saturday to help celebrate the construction of a new library building in Ashland, Mo. The morning event featured a jazz band, snacks, a ribbon cutting and a “book brigade” of community helpers who delivered materials from the old building to the new one. Photo by Kris Hilgedick.

Hundreds of book lovers came out Saturday morning to celebrate the imminent opening of a new library building in Ashland.

More than 300 library supporters of all ages formed a long queue — a “book brigade” — from the old building on Broadway to the new one at 109 N. Main. Hand over hand, patrons conveyed bags of books filled with library materials to the new facility.

Although the brigade was largely ceremonial, it was reminiscent of a similar event held in 2000 when books were hand-delivered from the old bookmobile into the “new” library, Ashland’s first.

Longtime southern Boone County resident Kit Salter was ....

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