NEWTON, Ala. (WDHN)—Last month, a new library director was hired at the century-old, historic Newton library.

In the late 19th century, the historic Oates-Reynolds Memorial Building was built as home to
Newton’s Baptist Collegiate Institute. It would later become a junior college but closed during
the Great Depression before becoming the town’s library.

Amy Galletly and a few volunteers have been organizing and cataloging thousands of books, so they are easily accessible.

It’s a monumental effort, but important in modernizing the facility which now has computer rooms, internet access, and other 21st-century technology outlets.

Through the end of this month, the library is holding a book sale. Hardback books are
for one dollar, soft-cover books are going for 50 cents. In addition, there are CDs and audiobooks for sale.

The money raised goes back into library operations.