This week, the Forsyth County Public Library system announced new details about the upcoming grand reopening of its Sharon Forks Library Branch.
According to a news release by the library system, the all-day reopening celebration will take place on Saturday, March 24, and will feature activities for all ages throughout the day.
“The wait is almost over for our patrons and we’re looking forward to celebrating our grand reopening with the whole community,” said Sharon Forks Library Branch Manager Mendy Gunter.
The celebration will feature a performance by Lambert High School’s string quintet, The Fab Five, who will play from 10 a.m. to noon. The group includes Lambert High School students, Serena Gao, Rachel Zhou, Joey Jin, Minjae Kim and Carson Tufts.
“The library has been such a big part of our lives since elementary school — we were honored to be part of such an amazing event for our community,” Jin said.
Tufts said the group felt it was “awesome that we get to combine two of our favorite things: music and books. It should be a lot of fun.”
Gunter said that after the performance, the event will have a flag raising ceremony led by Cub Scout Pack 205, self-guided scavenger hunts and staff-led tours through the renovated library, a story time program from Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books.
“We’ve missed seeing our youngest patrons in our weekly story time programs, but we’ve been working on new programming ideas and our patrons are going to love what we’ve planned for the spring and summer,” said Cleo Joyce, youth services supervisor.
The celebration will also feature several cultural demonstrations and performances from the University of North Georgia on Chinese culture and traditions, and two Indian dance performances from Natyalaya School of Indian Classical Dance and Atlanta Nritya Dance Academy.
“We’re so grateful for our patrons who love the library and have been so patient during the construction process. It will be our pleasure to welcome everyone back to a bigger, more beautiful, and more functional library,” said Gunter.
The Sharon Forks Library Branch, 2820 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, has been closed since Feb. 19, when it shut down for expansion.
According to Gunter, the expansion added new space for materials and technology at the branch.