East Roswell Library readying to break ground

Will unveil plans at community meeting

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ROSWELL, GA. – The long-awaited East Roswell library will soon be unveiled at an April 25 meeting (see sidebar), but longtime supporters got a chance to talk with the architects first.

Some of the members of PERLS (People for the East Roswell Library) who have been lobbying for the library for more than seven years were invited last week to talk with Peter Bolek of Cleveland, Ohio-based Holzhiemer Bolek Meehan Architects about the library.

Bolek was still sketchy about exact details of the library, but he was ready to assure those there that it will be a first-class building designed to serve its public. More than 95 percent of the work Bolek and his partners do is the design of public and academic libraries.

“We have built over 200 libraries,” Bolek said. “And my mother was a librarian. I come from a family of voracious readers.”

The few details he did impart included actual ground-breaking for the library will come in the fall. With that construction should take about 12 to 14 months.

Final drawings of the design were not yet finished, but the architects would rely a great deal on the input from ideas suggested at Roswell community meetings, Bolek said.

Bolek also assured the supporters that despite its size at 15,000 square feet, the collection for the library will be extensive.

“With plenty of meeting space at the Roswell East Park next door, there is not a lot of call for meeting space in the library. So we will have more room to devote to the collection,” he said.

And that would include room for a used bookstore to be operated by the Friends of the East Roswell Library, a sister all-volunteer group to other Atlanta Fulton Public Library System Friends groups dedicated to improving the library in their area.

They were also assured by Bolek that the new library would a green building and LEED-certified.

As for the look of the building, Bolek said the design would take its cues from the wooded-site at Fouts Road and Holcomb Bridge Road.

Eileen Seidman, one of the founding PERLS, said the effort to get the library had been a “real community effort.”