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Work under way to 'load' library
Stafford's new library branch getting ready to open

 Branch manager Nancy Buck (left) and Janice Black, collection development coordinator, discuss shelf placement at the new England Run Library in Stafford, VA, on Aug. 20, 2010. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star) ------ 3 col color
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Date published: 8/24/2010

BY HUGH MUIR

The England Run Library, the second public library in Stafford County, will open Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. Last Friday, more then 65,000 items were trucked to the new building. This week, library staff and scores of volunteers will begin "loading the building" as they shelve, file and store everything in its proper place.

The move Friday culminated weeks of work by volunteers and staff at the Library Service Center, on Olde Greenwich Drive south of Fredericksburg, where items for area libraries are processed after arriving from distributors. The Oct. 4 opening will follow a Sunday by-invitation event for library and county officials and volunteers who all helped bring the library to fruition.

"Books are our brand," said Nancy Buck, who on July 1 was named the manager of the England Run facility. The initial 65,000 items are expected to grow to 100,000 in a year--which will include not only books (in print and on recordings) but also DVDs and computers, as well as areas for community meetings, reading groups and research.

England Run is a state-of-the-art library. Its contemporary design is by architect Gregory S. Lukmire, who did the John Porter Memorial Library in North Stafford, as well as the recent renovations at the Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania.

It is a curving structure of glass, brick and stone, facing Plantation Drive at Lyons Boulevard in southern Stafford.

Hugh Muir: 540/735-1975
Email: hmuir@freelancestar.com