Charlotte Public Library celebrates grand opening



The City of Charlotte celebrated the grand opening of the new Charlotte Public Library building on Sept. 13. Pictured, from left, are city employees Utilities Administrator Laura Morales, Melinda Ramon, Richard Zuniga, Librarian Marianne McGinnis, City Secretary Gracie Garcia, Councilwoman Liz Ramon, Theodore Guerrero II, Mayor Christi Rankin, Theodore Guerrero III, Councilman Fabian Garza, Hector Rodriguez and City Supervisor Jorge Zuniga. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The City of Charlotte celebrated the grand opening of the new Charlotte Public Library building on Sept. 13. Pictured, from left, are city employees Utilities Administrator Laura Morales, Melinda Ramon, Richard Rodriguez Jr., Librarian Marianne McGinnis, City Secretary Gracie Garcia, Councilwoman Liz Ramon, Theodore Guerrero II, Mayor Christi Rankin, Theodore Guerrero III, Councilman Fabian Garza, Hector Rodriguez and City Supervisor Jorge Zuniga. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The City of Charlotte celebrated the grand opening of the new Charlotte Public Library this past Monday with a ribbon cutting and proclamation reading ceremony. The building, formerly the United Methodist Church, also houses the municipal court judge, city secretary and a community room that could be used for meetings or small gatherings.

Twenty years ago, Dorothy L. Mueller made a generous donation to all five Atascosa County libraries and Charlotte’s funds had been sitting in an account until the city purchased the old church three years ago. Now, the community of Charlotte has a much bigger and more resourceful library to enjoy for years to come.

“This has been a long time coming for the citizens of Charlotte,” said Mayor Christi Rankin, “I want to thank everybody from the contractors to the city employees and all of those who donated grants to make this possible. I really hope you all enjoy it.”

Mayor Rankin read a proclamation that declared the Charlotte Public Library officially open to the public. Maggie Morales with Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office also presented a proclamation celebrating the grand opening of the library and congratulating the city on this momentous occasion.

Members of the Atascosa County Librarians Board of Directors and Tocker Foundation were also in attendance at the grand opening of the Charlotte Public Library on Sept. 13. Pictured, from left, are board member Diana Gonzales Leal, Charlotte Librarian Marianne McGinnis, Lytle Librarian Cassandra Cortez, Pleasanton Librarian Dorothy Steelman, Darryl Tocker of the Tocker Foundation, Jourdanton Librarian Dorothy Manning, Jourdanton Librarian Assistant Mary Cardenas and Karin Gerstenhaber of the Tocker Foundation. Not pictured is Poteet Librarian Lisa Burbridge. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Members of the Atascosa County Librarians Board of Directors and Tocker Foundation were also in attendance at the grand opening of the Charlotte Public Library on Sept. 13. Pictured, from left, are board member Diana Gonzales Leal, Charlotte Librarian Marianne McGinnis, Lytle Librarian Cassandra Cortez, Pleasanton Librarian Dorothy Steelman, Darryl Tocker of the Tocker Foundation, Jourdanton Librarian Dorothy Manning, Jourdanton Librarian Assistant Mary Cardenas and Karin Gerstenhaber of the Tocker Foundation. Not pictured is Poteet Librarian Lisa Burbridge. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte Librarian Marianne McGinnis thanked the City of Charlotte staff and community for allowing her to be their librarian and for patiently waiting for the new library.

“I cannot thank the city and all of you who have waited for this day for so many years. Thank you to those who were able to attend the Grand Opening, and for those who came later to attend the Open House portion of the day,” said McGinnis. “I am blessed beyond measure to be your librarian, and hope those who weren’t able to make it [Monday], will be able to check in this week to see how lovely everything turned out.”

Mrs. McGinnis would also like to thank the Charlotte High School Mighty Trojan Band for performing during the ceremony, Darryl Tocker and Karin Gerstenhaber with the Tocker Foundation and members of the Atascosa County Library Board for attending as well.

Stop by the library to grab a free bag for your children with a new book, coloring book and library information about the Fall reading program. The Charlotte Public Library is located at 8 Couser Blvd. and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m. You may also call them at 830-277-1212

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