In case visitors to the Tipton County Public Library in Covington haven't heard yet, Snoopy is letting everybody know.
There's a poster on the front door with everybody's favorite beagle hauling his doghouse in a wheelbarrow. The caption reads, "We're moving."
When the doors close on Aug. 23 at 3 p.m., they won't open again at 300 West Church Ave., the library's location since 1964.
The new 54,000-square-foot, $9.8 million learning center on Dyersburg State Community College's Covington campus is just about ready, and the library will take over about 10,000 square feet of that space on Sept. 15.
It's a serious upgrade over the current 5,500-square-foot location.
The offices occupied by library director Susan Cheairs and her staff are the size of small bathrooms. Tiles are falling off the ceiling.
The old library has 15 computers, causing people to get on a waiting list to use them. The new facility will have 75 computers open to the public and free Wi-fi.
Cheairs has even come up with a slogan to go along with the move: "New location, new look, same service, same smile."
"We treasure our current patrons and hope the state-of-the-art facility will attract even more citizens to try our services," Cheairs said. "Needless to say, we will have more programs and expanded hours."
The library will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With the library closed for three weeks, Cheairs is reminding her customers that if people check out material at the old location, it can be returned at the DSCC location.
Approximately 12,000 people have library cards for the current location, and they will be honored after the move.
Cheairs and her employees have been busy the last few weeks getting ready for the move. In addition to thousands of books, the library has about 4,000 DVDs, books on CDs and magazines. There are approximately 60,000 items to be moved.
"We've been busy," Cheairs said. "The main thing is we want to make sure our patrons continue to come to the library after we move. We have a very special group of people. We consider them friends, not customers."
Tipton County appropriated $3 million for the project, which took four years to complete.
County Executive Jeff Huffman said giving internet access to more residents is crucial to improving the local economy.
"What we found was that when the economy got worse, the first thing people were cutting was their cable and internet access," Huffman said. "Yet, in order to apply for a job to get ahead, you had to have internet access and be able to use computers."
There will be an open house for the library on a date to be determined.
In the meantime, Cheairs is packing up and, with a little help from Snoopy, trying to publicize the move.
"When we open, we want to be able to provide the same service people expect," Cheairs said. "We want to hit the ground running."