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Residents fight to keep East Ensley library open

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Residents at the library. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC Residents at the library. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC

People living in one Birmingham community are fighting to keep their library open.

Once the Pratt City library reopens the East Ensley location will be consolidated to the Ensley library.

The director of the East location said Ensley is the only neighborhood that houses two libraries.

After the April 27th tornado leveled the Pratt City location, employees have been working at the East Ensley library.

When the Pratt City location opens staff will go back there and there won't be enough staff to take over both Ensley locations.

The director adds that studies have been done to see which location should stay open and the conclusion was that closing the East location was the best option.

Sedetra Moody takes her children to East Ensley library weekly. She said closing it will affect the children the most.

"A lot of them don't have the resources to computers and this is their resource. A lot of parents, mothers, fathers, don't have transportation so it wouldn't be fair for them to close the library knowing that the children wouldn't actually have the resources as far as internet and computers," said Moody.

Community members have started a petition to keep the East branch open. They plan on taking that to a library board meeting Thursday morning.

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