Duncan, Okla._ A Duncan apartment complex with its fair share of criminal activity wants to change its image. So, today, they unveiled an on-site children's library.
The Elm Terrace Apartments, on the corner of East Elm Ave. and South A Street was home to a large drug bust in August. But the owners are now taking strides to clean up its reputation.
This morning's ribbon cutting at the new children's library at Elm Terrace comes after months of trouble at the complex, including the arrest of six people after police raided an apartment there in late august after a 3-month investigation of a meth and marijuana ring.
"For one thing, to clean up some of the bad light that has been focused on this apartment complex," said Mary King, the complex's office manager.
She hopes the new space will give the nearly 100 kids on-site a place to learn lots.
"A place where the children can come, further their education, and get them interested in reading," said King.
Jasmine Cox, a fourth grade student, is already the library's most frequent customer. She is grateful for the nearly 1,500 books to choose from.
"It's important because you have to get your education, you have to do good, like on your reading tests, you have to read maybe like a little story," said Cox.
All of the books, plus about 700 more on the way, are all thanks to generous donations from Duncan residents and the public library.
"[The kids] just keep coming, and that's the important thing that they do come back," said King.
Duncan Mayor Gene Brown is hopeful the library will be a positive place for kids to learn and interact, as well as helping the apartments bounce back from some troubled times.