Clovis-Carver Public Library reopens three weeks after shooting

Leonard Tapia
September 15, 2017 06:37 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- The Clovis-Carver Public Library was closed for about three weeks after police say a gunman opened fire on Aug. 28, killing two library employees and wounding four others.


While that shooting is still a tragedy that comes as shock to many, library officials tell KOB they're ready to get back to normal.

"It's getting to where it's business as usual," said Margret Hinchee, director of Clovis-Carver Public Library. "We know what our mission is. We know what our job is, so we have to be supportive of each other. We have to be strong for each other, and we know that we have to take care of our patrons.”

Staff at the library said they don't want people to be reluctant to come in, but rather stop by and enjoy a good book.

Thursday was the official 'soft' reopening of the library. There was a turn-out of about only 25 people, but on Friday number was much higher as families and library regulars made their way through the doors for the first time in weeks.

"This is a fabulous place,” said Doris Wallace, a longtime resident of Clovis. "We have meetings here. Just to be able to go in and pick out a book.”

Library officials are still asking for support during this time of transition, but want to reassure the public the library is safe.

"Time has a way of healing a lot of stuff and so I’m fully confident that over time, you know, it's never going to be the same, but hopefully we'll move onwards and upward and uh it'll be a good thing,” said Tom Phelps, the city manager of Clovis.

The Clovis-Carver Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the next few weeks. New hours will be posted in the future.


Leonard Tapia

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