Updated 3/26/20

The Ardmore Public Library, which serves patrons in Tennessee and Alabama will close until April 6th.

The closing was a request that came from librarian Verlin Collins and the library board.

According to Ardmore City Recorder Mary Prier, Mayor Mike Magnusson spoke with attorney Joe Henry recently and they agreed that the city would pay library employees until April 2nd, when the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets to re-evaluate the matter.

“We are not asking the library to close. They asked to be closed until April 6th,” Alderman Paul VanManen said during the discussion of whether the library personnel should be paid during the shutdown.

“They are the ones who want to be off,” said Alderman Garon Hargrove, who also questioned paying the library employees.

The mayor reported he was gathering information on possibly live streaming the April 2nd meeting to meet a directive by Governor Bill Lee to avoid large public gatherings.