(AP) - A new public library in a community in the Omaha Indian Reservation has offered hope for the area that's been struggling against poverty.
The Sioux City Journal reports the community gathered for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Walthill Public Library Wednesday. The library reopened Thursday in what was once a garage for the town's firetrucks and ambulance.
The library used to be in an 800-square-foot building that had no storage, little room to sit, flooding and a neighboring bar.
The village secured more than $400,000 over three years to turn the former fire hall into a library.
Library director Nola Briggs says the library "is a community building that hopefully is homey and welcoming."