SOUTHSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Southside Library opened in 2008 within in the Community Center on Highway 77. Due to rapid growth, it was expanded into an adjacent room. In 2013 the entire library was moved to the old Southside High School Lunchroom located at 2138 Highway 77. In 2010 the library added an automated system. Much of the current collection of books and other media have been acquired through grants and from donations by local citizens. In 2015 there were over 13,000 items available to lend.
The collection includes books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction, special collections of large print editions, and Christian fiction, as well as a growing collection of books for children. There is also a nice assortment of books on CD and DVD movies. In 2012 ebooks were added and in 2013 the library started developing the Capstone Interactive Library for children. Both of these collections can be downloaded using the patron's home computer or handheld device.
The library has three computers for public use. In 2013, wireless connectivity was added for patrons. A reference section is being developed with genealogical materials taking priority. Reference books are used within the library. The library offers twice monthly story time for preschool children. It also periodically offers classes in basic genealogy, summer reading programs for both children and teen/adults and crafting. The library offers free services to citizens of Southside and residents of Etowah County.
Because we know you love books like We Love Books!
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
It is the purpose of Southside Public Library to serve all of the citizens of the city by offering the services, resources and facilities to fulfill their informational, educational, and recreational reading needs and interests. This will be carried out through services offered in the library.
If you would like to become a Volunteer, please call the Library at 256-442-6217
The library accepts donations of Books, Books on CD, and DVD Movies. Each donated item is given careful consideration. Items not used are sold at Book Sales or Donated to other agencies. No item is discarded. Cash donations may be made to the library. Checks should be made payable to the City of Southside, Southside Public Library.
We are currently in need of:
- Southside Family Genealogies, Histories and Reference Genealogy books
- Photo’s of old Southside
Sheila WatwoodLibrary Director
Lynne WalkerAssistant Library Director
Rose WeathingtonLibrary Clerk
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS