View today’s Clayton Neighbor article, “Groundbreaking Held For New Library.”
Archive for October, 2011
Photos courtesy of George Hazelton.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held at 4pm on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the new location: 4818 West Street, Forest Park (corner of West Street at North Avenue, across from the back parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park).
A cold front coming through made the proceedings chilly, but well over 50 people turned out to view the plans and express their support for the new library. Members of the local community and elected officials, representatives from the Fire Department and the Police Department, the Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and the media were in attendance. County Commissioners Gail Hambrick, Wole Ralph, and Chairman Eldrin Bell all spoke thoughtfully and supportively for the library, as did Alan Harkness of the Georgia Public Library Service.
Read the Clayton News Daily’s coverage: Officials Break Ground on New Library by Curt Yeomans.
Architects: Craig Gaulden Davis Architects & Gerding Collaborative
The new Northeast Clayton / Forest Park Branch Library is scheduled to open Fall of 2012! It will be one block west of the current library location, across the street from the rear parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park. The new building will serve as a replacement for the 44-year-old building, doubling the size and adding new resources and features:
- New Library Size: 16,000 Square Feet
- Books & Other Library Materials Capacity: 64,000
- Public Seating: 246 (including meeting room)
- General Use Computers for the Public: 36
- Youth Computers: 22
- Computer Lab for Public Computer Classes: Seats 20
- Multi-purpose Meeting Room: Seats 40
- Teen Room
- Homework Center
- Children’s Program Room
- Toddler Area
- Designed to decrease the need for artificial lighting and air conditioning
- Saves and highlights as many of the existing trees on the property as possible