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Library destroyed by tornado reopens in Pratt City

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It was a special moment on the road to recovery for Pratt City. Their library is now open for the first time since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

The grand opening ceremony was supposed to be January 30th, but it was rescheduled due to the ice storm. This morning, state and city leaders cut the ribbon on the new library. It is in the same location at the corner of Hibernian Street and Dugan Avenue and now has a storm shelter which can be used by the community if there is another tornado.

As crews were building the new library, they came across artifacts like old soda bottles used by miners. They are on display throughout the library.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell says libraries are vital for communities.

"I'm a librarian's daughter, so I traveled the world through books long before I had a passport and I think libraries are meeting places for communities to get info, but also to come closer together," said Sewell.

The library was paid for with money from a federal tiger grant.

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