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Apalachicola library partially reopens

David Adlerstein
The Apalach Times
The Apalach Times

As it awaits the appointment of an interim director, the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library began curbside delivery of books and materials on Monday.

Hours for this service are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. five days a week. The library is closed Fridays and Sundays.

Books can be requested by emailing your name, library card number, and book request to amklibrary2017@gmail.com; by logging into your library account at www.Apalachicolalibrary.com under “Hours and Services” and reserving your books; or by calling the library during curbside hours at 653-8436 for staff assistance.

You will be notified when your books are available. Library staff will provide safe and easy procedures for picking up your books outside the library. All books can be safely returned to the drop box.

The library continues to provide free Wi-Fi access outside the building. Information and email assistance are also available via phone during hours of operation, with help provided by library staffer Isel Sanchez-Whitely.

The city’s library board earlier this month unanimously recommended Apalachicola resident Carrie Kienzle be brought in as interim library director.

Kienzle holds a masters of library science degree, which is necessary in order for the library to receive many grants available from the state and federal government, as well as from the private sector.

City commissioners are expected to approve the hire of Kienzle at an upcoming meeting, with long-term plans to advertise for a successor to former librarian Jill Rourke, who left her post earlier this year.

Kienzle would be paid as a city employee, but has agreed to make a contribution to a local non-profit organization in an amount equivalent to this salary. She would be compensated for any taxes that accrue to her as a result of this arrangement. Also, she said that if hired, she does not intend to take advantage of any health insurance coverage or retirement contributions that she might be entitled to.

In related news at the county level, county commissioners on Tuesday morning unanimously approved the hiring of Whitney Roundtree, the current library assistant supervisor, as director over the county library system, which encompasses both the Eastpoint and Carrabelle branches.

Her application was the only submission following an in-house advertisement for the vacant directorship. County Coordinator Michael Morón interviewed and recommended Roundtree; she received letters of support from the Friends of the Library, volunteers and co-workers as well.

Roundtree will be paid an annual salary of $36,000.