BIRMINGHAM, AL -
There is a new sign of life in one of the Birmingham neighborhoods that was devastated by one of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.
Monday city leaders held a grand reopening ceremony for the Pratt City Library.
The building was destroyed nearly two years ago
when an EF-4 tornado ripped through the area.
In December 2013
library officials offered a tour of the new state of the art building.
The Pratt City Library features new reading spaces, meeting rooms and a business area.
The building also has safe rooms that will hold up to 25 people, in case of severe weather.
While the library’s location is the same, the building has a new address, 509 Dougan Avenue.
The address was changed because the building’s new entrance no longer faces Hibernian Street.
Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., city council members and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell are scheduled to attend the reopening ceremony. "I am pleased to join the community in celebrating the reopening of the Pratt City Library,'' Sewell said. "As a representative of Alabama's Seventh Congressional District, it was an honor to be a part of the collaborative effort to secure funding to rebuild the Pratt City Library. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that was contributed to this project, and I am thrilled that this day has finally come for Pratt City residents.''
Community members are invited to attend.