Open House Held July 25 For New Children’s Wing at Library

Fentress County Librarian Kathy Goad, left, cuts the ribbon at the open house for the new children’s wing at the Guy C. and Wilma R. Pinckley Library.  Joining her are members of the Fentress Co. Government, Chamber of Commerce, Roane State Community College, and library staff and board members, along with Mrs. Claudine Pinckley, representing the Pinckley Foundation, which donated most of the funds for the new wing.

Fentress County Librarian Kathy Goad, left, cuts the ribbon at the open house for the new children’s wing at the Guy C. and Wilma R. Pinckley Library. Joining her are members of the Fentress Co. Government, Chamber of Commerce, Roane State Community College, and library staff and board members, along with Mrs. Claudine Pinckley, representing the Pinckley Foundation, which donated most of the funds for the new wing.

Open  House was held Saturday, July 25 at the Dr. Guy C. and Wilma R. Pinckley Library to celebrate the addition of the new children’s wing.

Local government officials, Chamber of Commerce representatives, along with representatives of Roane State Community College, library board members, and several well-wishers were present for  the event, which included a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Fentress County Librarian Kathy Goad welcomed the large crowd in attendance, thanking them for coming and thanking her staff for all their extra efforts in getting ready for the event, and expressing special appreciation to Donnie Tinch of DT Construction, contractor for the new addition, for the remarkable job he had done on the building.

The new children’s addition, which provides an additional 2,000 feet of space plus a storage room, was made possible by a large donation by the Pinckley Foundation from the Wilma R. Pinckley estate, which allowed the county to apply for a state grant to help finish the funding.

Mrs. Claudine Pinckley, representing the Pinckley Foundation, also expressed her appreciation to Library Director Goad and her staff for their dedication, stating:  “This library is probably one of the most-used in the area.  We have had over 200 kids here at a time for the summer reading program, which is just amazing.  I encourage everyone to continue bringing your children here.  Guy (her late husband Guy Comer Pinckley) would have been very happy to see how this has turned out and how it’s being used.”

Fentress County Executive Mike Cross also expressed his pride in seeing the new addition become a reality, and his appreciation to the Pinckleys, stating:  “On behalf of Fentress County, this is one of the greatest additions we’ve ever had, thanks to the Pinckleys and their generosity.  A town is only as good as its library, and we have one of the best libraries around.  It’s a wonderful day for Fentress County and Jamestown.  Once again, I would like to thank the Pinckleys for their love, their generosity, and their vision in realizing the importance of a library, and all its resources to open kids’ eyes.  It’s a wonderful addition, and we thank you from the bottom of our heart.”