Harpersville Library makes a home in Borum-Darby house

There are plenty of cozy places to read just like this one in the Harpersville Library's new building. (Reporter Photo / Molly Davidson)

There are plenty of cozy places to read just like this one in the Harpersville Library’s new building. (Reporter Photo / Molly Davidson)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

HARPERSVILLE—With multiple rooms, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and plenty of cozy corners to read, the Harpersville Library’s new home in the historic Borum-Darby house is exactly what Library Director Marsha Moore hoped it would be.

The Harpersville City Council approved the library’s move from its former small metal structure to the Borum-Darby house during a February meeting.

“It’s just been a whirlwind. I worked a lot of 13-hour days,” Moore said, recalling the weeks following the Council’s approval of the move.

Moore, along with the library staff and members of the Harpersville community, worked to transform the Borum-Darby house into a library. The more than 100-year-old structure has housed an Allstate agency, a consignment shop and a yoga studio, among other things.

All of the library’s nearly 15,000 books and DVDs had to be moved, sorted and shelved as well.

“It’s definitely a community effort,” Moore said. “The firemen were over here helping us. People have brought over furniture.”

Even though all the library’s materials have been moved over, the project is still not done, Moore said. She is now working to decorate the library’s different rooms, including her favorite, the library’s spacious children’s room.

“I like to dream and I can see the potential,” Moore said. “In here, I want it to be kid friendly. We’re not a quiet library, we have fun and talk.”

Moore’s vision for the children’s room includes a reading corner topped with a tulle canopy, a tree house inspired play fort and plenty of space with mirrors for dress up.

The additional space may also allow the library to expand its children’s programs. Moore said she is considering adding a toddler story time and a program for homeschool children.

Although a work in progress, Moore said she is thrilled with the Harpersville Library’s new home and the possibilities it offers the library and the community.

“We have room! Finally, we have room,” Moore said. “I want (the library) to be a source of information and really a ministry, helping people when they come in.”