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The $6 million facility will welcome its first visitors on Monday after a 10 a.m. dedication.
Friday, June 28, 2013
With a wry sense of humor, an animated Diana Rosapepe described the old, now-demolished Glenvar Library.
“If you walked into a dark closet with poor lighting and machine-gun slit windows, that’s the old library,” she explained.
Standing next to her, Glenvar librarian John Vest nodded in agreement.
“It’s like implosion in reverse,” Vest said.
“Whatever you see here is almost the exact opposite of the old library,” Rosapepe chimed back.
It’s an exciting time for Rosapepe, director of Roanoke County Public Libraries. On Monday, she’ll return to the newly finished facility with a handful of county officials and special guests to mark the library’s opening day. The $6 million facility is nearly 200 percent larger than the former building, and includes an enlarged parking lot, more indoor seating, more computers and a drive-through book pickup and drop-off window.
Roanoke County Supervisor Butch Church will be at the Monday event, a moment he has waited for more than 10 years.
“They’ve got things there that we only dreamed about before,” Church said. “It’s a learning place and I consider them as valuable as schools. I look at this as a gateway into the western part of the county, into the Glenvar community.”
Church added that he hopes the library also will spur some economic activity in the community.
On Friday, Rosapepe walked from room to room, pointing out the nooks and crannies of a place she anticipates will be popular with Glenvar-area residents. Last year, 80,000 people walked through Glenvar’s temporary library doors. Rosapepe said she expects to see at least a 20 percent increase this year.
Alongside more than 44,000 books — some of which are brand new — library patrons will find a 12-computer lab for adults, as well as computers for young children and teenagers. The facility, which is located at 3917 Daugherty Road in Salem, also includes a 77-seat meeting room, two study rooms, a fireplace and a vending area.
The facility will open Monday after the 10 a.m. dedication ceremony.
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