A few days ago I went to the grand opening celebration of the new
library in my neighborhood. . . because I didn’t choose the nerd life the nerd life chose me. But seriously, Henrico County's brand new Libbie Mill Library was no small feat. Construction cost of the project was 30 million dollars. It's 39,915 square feet and has 67,000 volumes. It's been the talk of the town and at the grand opening there were so many people they had cops directing traffic
The Libbie Mill Library is in good company in a new "midtown" area. It's reminds of that town center fever that I've seen growing in Northern Virginia suburbs. I’m sure there are a lot of unfortunate implications about all these new expensive buildings (like rising housing cost), but the library that used to serve this area really deserved the upgrade.
|The YA Room|
|Romance, Mystery, AfAm--- all together now!|
- Computer labs with the Adobe Creative Suite
- Podcasting tools
- A green screen
- A FREAKING 3D Printer.
It was so fun to see the enthusiasm from kids and adults over books. People had stacks !
Going to this opening was a lot of fun (or IDK, maybe it's the sparkling apple juice talking) and it reinforced in me the idea that libraries matter. They are places for people to learn and discover and it's nice when they have a great ambiance too. I definitely see myself coming here. A lot.
|My Haul: The Royal We, Aftermath, The Heart Goes Last and The Imitation Game|
Did I mention they had food ? It was catered by Southern Seasons, which is also in the town center. I got a brisket slider and a ham and pimento cheese biscuit because this is Virginia dammit. It was so weird seeing people eat in a public library...