Monday, July 16, 2007

JMRL Central Library to Get Upgrades

Good news for book-lovers, according to the Daily Progress. But it will take some time:

Library in need of upgrade
Asks city, Albemarle to fund renovations

[ . . . ] The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has set aside $10.5 million in its preliminary fiscal 2013 capital improvement program budget for the project. The board has already allocated $8.5 million to upgrade the Crozet library, scheduled to begin in 2010, and $16.5 million to build a library near Hollymead, set to break ground in five years.

“Over the next five years the county is looking to make a significant financial commitment to the library system,” said Lee Catlin, county spokeswoman. “We have quite a number of things out there the board is looking to handle.”

The restoration of the library, which saw about 380,000 visits last year, would focus on reconfiguring the interior of the building rather than altering its size. The plans call for additional meeting rooms and space for children’s activities and story time. A “reading garden” would likely be built on the side of the library, adjacent to Lee Park, and a coffee shop may be added.

I'd love to see a library near Hollymead!

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