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New branch library has 'stunning' debut
Patrons like new library

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Date published: 10/5/2010


Jamie Wells and her 2- year-old-son, Alex, were among the first to check out southern Stafford's new visionary England Run Library.

"It's stunning," Wells said while looking through children's Halloween books for Alex. "The children's section is engaging and colorful even for me as the adult. It is more than I was expecting from a library."

Wells was one of the many nearby residents eagerly awaiting yesterday's grand opening.

During the grand opening, the library offered a variety of activities geared toward children such as story time, a magic show and a puppet show.

According to Branch Manager Nancy Buck, this library has been in the works for 15 years.

"People have asked for another library," Buck said. "And with the growth in the county another library is justified."

The 30,000-square-foot building was designed by architect George Lukmire, who designed Stafford's only other library, Porter Library in North Stafford.

The new facility houses 90,000 volumes and 65,000 media titles, with room to grow, in a space that is as friendly to the environment as it is to the eye.

The builders incorporated sun shades on both sides of the windows, a reflective roof, energy-efficient glass and lighting, recycled materials in carpet and countertops, and paint and adhesive in low volatile organic compounds.

At a cost of $6.8 million, the library actually finished ahead of schedule and $2 million under budget.

The design itself was modeled after that of bookstores, which allow for more display space and storage space.

"It's approachable and popular," Buck said. "We want this to be a destination, community spot and a meeting place."

Claire Clauss was eager to have a library she could walk to. Before, she drove to the headquarters library on Caroline street.

"This is much more convenient," Clauss said. "I should never have an overdue book again."

Dawn Rossiter also lives within walking distance of the new library.

"I just love it," Rossiter said. "It's beautiful. I love the green technology, the beautiful view and the brand spankin' new books."

She, along with family members Kristin Rossiter and Denise Hamm, expressed amazement that the library had everything they were looking for.

This was made possible by Janice Black, collection development coordinator.

Black has been ordering books for England Run Library for over a year.

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