FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The new futuristic-looking Post Road Library will hold a grand opening ceremony on Aug. 24 that will include tours, activities for children and families.
“We’re planning a big day,” said Carla Beasley, Forsyth County Library assistant director for planning and facilities.
An official library dedication takes place in the morning Aug. 29, with state and county officials holding ribbon cutting ceremony.
“What we see from this library is a blending of the past history with the future promises,” Beasley said. “That is the theme of the building — ‘Forsyth County Public Library connecting the past with the future.’”
From now and until then, shelving is being installed, furniture is being brought in and computers are getting set up.
The 23,500-square-foot facility, 5010 Post Road near Midway Park, has already received its opening day collection of 55,000 books and media or about 1,500 boxes.
“Pretty much all of the work is done on the building, except for painting, putting carpet down on corners and things like that,” Beasley said. “In essence the building is finished.”
This marks the fourth full-service library branch and the Forsyth County's first to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.
This means the library has accumulated enough environmental sustainability features including plenty of glass windows to allow better cooling and heating, as well as recycled materials used in the structure's foundation.
The library will not be limited to those who live in the south west portion of the county, Beasley said.
“People who currently hold a library card in Forsyth County are users of this library, this is part of the Forsyth County library system,” Beasley said. “We encourage them to get a library card at any time at any branch, because they are good at any branch.”
About $5.9 million in voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI funds with a matching $2 million in state grant money made the project a reality.
Because of a Forsyth County Arts Alliance and Friends and Advocates of the Forsyth County Library donation and grant, Bryan White, of Whitelake Studio, a local artist who has done a lot of art in the community, will be put together five large pieces to honor the history of the Drew Community and the county at the turn of the century.
One that Beasley is especially excited about is “Tree of Dreams,” which will be in the children’s area of the library.
“It looks like the spreading branches of a huge oak tree and interspersed in the leaves are vignettes of children’s dreams of what they would like to be,” Beasley said. “We asked schoolchildren what their dreams were and we are taking all of those responses — several hundred of them — and putting them together in a book available under the piece.”
For more information, visit www.forsyth.public.lib.ga.us.