The Mildred L. Terry Public Library closed to the public Wednesday evening and will reopen in a new building June 2 at 10 a.m.
The library, the first public library in Columbus for African Americans, had been operating in the same building for 56 years and was originally named the Colored/Fourth Avenue Library.
It's first librarian, Ms. Mildred Rivers, served for more than 30 years and was known by many in the public as Mrs. Mildred L. Terry. The library was renamed in her honor on January 28, 1981.
Helene Watson, who replaced Terry upon her retirement, served for 18 years and was on hand Wednesday to ceremonially check out the last book before closing.
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The new library will have expanded space for children's activities, meeting rooms in various sizes, expanded parking, and new technology that includes 50 new computers for public use.
Crews are scheduled to begin moving furniture and other items into the new building this Friday.
For video of the final day at the library, check out www.ledger-enquirer.com/videos later today.