New windows installed at library

Zack Goodman, left, and Hunter Hodge, right, with Hiawassee Glass in Athens, Tenn., install new windows at Spring City’s Audrey Pack Memorial Library on Wednesday afternoon.

Spring City’s Audrey Pack Memorial Library is getting ready for the summer reading season by making improvements to library facilities.

Audrey Pack Memorial Library Director Cindy Wilkey said on Wednesday that the library was recently able to install new windows thanks to donations made to the library foundation.

“We’re super excited,” Wilkey said. “The windows we had were over 30 years old, so it was needed.”

Throughout the week, window installers from Hiawassee Glass in Athens, Tenn., replaced the old windows, and Wilkey said she was thankful for the donations that made it possible.

The Spring City library is also preparing for a return of its kids’ summer reading program — “Tales and Tails” — which is slated for June 15 through June 17 for ages 6 and under and June 22 through June 24 for ages 7 and older.

“We decided to split it up into two weeks. One for older kids and one for younger,” Wilkey, adding that by breaking the reading program up by age groups allows the library to more easily cater to those specific age groups.

Wilkey said the library has lined up several guests to make an appearance at the summer reading program, including representatives from the Chattanooga Zoo.

“The Chattanooga Zoo has been so good working with us, so we’re always happy to have them,” she said. “They even provided us with zoo passes that people can check out from the library for two adults and up to four children.”

Also planning to visit the summer reading program are Rhea County High School cheerleaders, who will assist in reading to children at the summer reading program.

“We look at it as a mentor situation,” Wilkey said. “The younger kids can learn from the older ones.”

A Rhea County Sheriff’s Department K9 unit is also slated to visit the library during the summer program, and Wilkey said that the children will also be educated on how dogs can be trained to be service animals.

The library offers a variety of activities and services for children and adults, including reading challenges with prizes, and a free wireless Internet connection for visitors.

“We try to do whatever we can to get the whole family involved,” Wilkey said. “We aim to be very community oriented here.”

Spring City’s Audrey Pack Memorial Library is located at 169 West Rhea Avenue in Spring City. The library can be contacted at (423) 365-9757 or via email at library@townofspringcitytn.org.