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Porterdale councilwoman opens library

Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Arline Chapman said she has had to rush to get the hundreds of books donated to the Porterdale Library on the shelves in time for Saturday's opening day. Library hours each Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Arline Chapman said she has had to rush to get the hundreds of books donated to the Porterdale Library on the shelves in time for Saturday's opening day. Library hours each Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COVINGTON -- Because Porterdale City Councilwoman Arline Chapman acted on an inspiration, Porterdale youngsters will soon be getting a boost to their education.

Chapman read an article that told how much better children who read over the summer fare in school and because of this she decided to open a library to give children easy access to books.

Chapman found a space for her library at the Porterdale Depot and began collecting used books. It is now staffed by volunteers and is open each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

"The response to the request for used books was overwhelming," she said. "Books came in from many sources, the majority from families whose children had outgrown their reading level and needed a place to send the old books. The Rockdale Baptist Church and the Social Circle Library donated the largest volume of books."

In addition to the children's library, she also has designated a space for adults and said there is "a significant collection" of adult fiction and nonfiction as well as video tapes.

"Originally this was to be a children's library, but it has turned into one for all ages to enjoy," she said.

She admits the library doesn't have a lot of amenities, but says it serves the purpose.

"This library has been developed at no expense to the taxpayer and while the decor is basic, it is all about the books," she said.

Chapman said there is an ongoing need for more books and bookcases to put them on. Donations can be dropped off during library hours any Saturday. For more information, call 404-468-0173.