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Fourth library branch coming along
Work began this summer
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Forsyth County News


Also during its meeting Tuesday, the Forsyth County Library Board:

• Elected officers for the 2013 fiscal year: Mary Helen McGruder, chairwoman; Bob Keller, vice chairman; and Kristin Morrissey, secretary/treasurer.

• Revised a memorandum of understanding between the library system and Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates.

It adds a paragraph clarifying that a board member of the Friends and Advocates could not join library staff or vice versa.

• Approved two budget amendments for fiscal year 2013: a reduction of a little more than $11,000 due to a 3 percent state funding adjustment, and an addition of $500 given by the Friends and Advocates group for the library’s entry into Spell Check Live, an adult spelling bee that raises funds for Literacy Forsyth.

• Discussed attending the library’s staff strategic planning session on Dec. 12.

• Heard the July financial report and July/August activities report from staff members.

— Crystal Ledford

Construction of Forsyth County’s fourth library is on track, according to officials.

Members of the Forsyth County Library Board heard an update on the branch, which will be on Post Road in west Forsyth, during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Carla Beasley, the library system’s assistant director of planning and facilities, told the board the project is “on track.”

“This last week or so, they’ve been putting in the curbs and gutters and grading off the parking lot,” she said. “They’ve got most of the site graded to the height it will be. So if you drive by there, you get a pretty good idea of where it’s going to sit on the road.”

Work began this summer on the 4-acre site and the branch is scheduled to open in July. Construction costs are estimated at nearly $4.2 million, with that total shared by the county and state.

The county is slated to provide the funding to operate the branch.

Beasley noted that crews have also begun work on a basement where the building’s heating and air-conditioning units will be housed.

She noted the space will also provide additional storage.

“That will allow from some extra shelves and things that we usually have to house off site, so this will be a savings to us as well as a convenience,” she said.

After the meeting, Beasley said those passing by the site may not think much as been accomplished.  

“There’s still a lot of dirt out there,” she said. “Mostly what’s been done is concrete work — some retaining walls, the basement and the curbs and gutters.

“Right now, it’s not very exciting to look at, but it’s exciting for us because we know where we are in the process.”

She told board members the building itself soon will start rise.

“Pretty soon we’ll be laying binder down in the parking lot … and the next step will be creating the building pad, so we may see steel going up in another month or so,” Beasley said.

While it’s still nearly a year away, there’s excitement in the community for the new library.

“We’ve had lots of patrons say they’re excited about it, they can’t wait for it to open,” she said. “So we feel sure we’re going to have a lot of people lined up at the doors on the day it opens.”