The Independence County Library began in 1933 and shared a space with Central Elementary School. The small space was run by PTA volunteers and was open a few hours on certain days of the week. In 1939, the library moved downtown and became the Batesville Public Library. In 1942, it became the Independence County Library. The library has occupied its current building since 1977. The Independence County Library holds approximately 40,000 titles in books, audio books and DVDs. The library hired Vanessa Adams as county librarian in 2011. Since then, the library has acquired eBooks, movies and televisions series. The library offers free computer instruction classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. The classes include beginning computing, Microsoft Word, internet instruction, and e-mail and social networking classes. During the summer, the library hosts a summer reading program and offers children’s events such as story time and crafting. During the school year, preschoolers can attend story time each week on Wednesday mornings, during which time they listen to stories, watch videos and participate in crafts. The Independence County Library is located at 368 Main St. in Batesville. The hours of operation are Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., Monday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 870-793-8814 or visit www.indcolib.com.
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