An Open House was held last Tuesday from 2-6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new Vandalia Branch Library on Main St. More than 100 people attended the event.
Audrain County Eastern District Commissioner Alan Winders congratulated the staff, library board, the community, and the whole Vandalia area.
“We know how important a library is,” Winders said. “And this facility is just wonderful and is the result of a lot of hard work.”
Winders recognized Librarian Crystal McCurdy.
He noted the past conversations with McCurdy when he was the town’s city administrator as they discussed the many structural problems with the former building.
“What really impressed me was the attitude that Crystal and her staff…had in overcoming these problems,” Winders noted.
McCurdy told “The Vandalia Leader” that she’s really excited to have the new library.
“I think it is something we’ve been waiting for a long time and it’s exciting to be in here right now,” she said.
“This is a really great day for Vandalia,” said City of Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda.Mayor Kuda was complimentary of the local staff.
He also talked about how the local branch has a lot of things for kids to be involved with. He also recognized alderman Teresa Wenzel, who was in attendance.
Board President Aggie Deimeke and board members Amy Childs, Bob Fenlon, Ruth Calcaterra, and Connie Hesse were each in attendance.
Hesse had opened the event by thanking the patrons who helped the library get to the Open House event. She also recognized some of the city and county officials who were in attendance.
Some officials included Audrain County Collector Kate Becker, Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Audrain County Western District Commissioner Tracy Graham, City Administrator Darren Berry, and several other local residents and officials.