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Officials like look of new library
Branch will be systems fourth
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An artists rendering shows the proposed Post Road branch of the Forsyth County Public Library. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

 


Forsyth County’s library board got its first look at renderings for the system’s fourth branch Tuesday.

Mary Helen McGruder, board chairwoman, was pleased with the plans for the branch, which will be built near Drew Campground and Post roads in west Forsyth.

“I’m realy excited about this,” McGruder said. “It’s a great project for the library and for the county.”

The branch will be across from a planned Kroger-anchored shopping center and will border Fieldstone Park subdivision. West Forsyth High School is close by.

At about 23,000 square feet, the library will be comparable in size to the Hampton Park branch, which opened in March in north Forsyth.

It will also be LEED certified, meaning it meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s criteria for a sustainable, energy efficient facility.

Representatives from Craig Gaulden Davis architecture firm presented the design for the Post Road facility Tuesday.

The proposal, which included everything from construction to furniture, is slated to cost about $5.24 million.

About $2 million of the project will be covered by a state grant that expires soon.

It’s not clear when work on the facility could begin. Officials have previously said they would evaluate construction prospects in the spring.

And depending on the county’s financial situation, the system may be able to complete only the building’s foundation or a finished exterior.

County leaders have not determined where the money to operate the library branch, or even finish its interior, might come from.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the library board reviewed plans to offer Mango Languages, a new interactive tool for learning how to speak a foreign language.

The program, which will cost about $6,800 per year, covers nearly 40 languages. It can be used online by any Forsyth County library card holder.