A popular spot in one Washington County city is growing to meet the needs of the community.
The Fayetteville Public Library broke ground on a more than 82,000 square foot expansion Saturday morning (March 2).
The new facility will double the youth services and feature a 700 seat multipurpose center.
“What a great day,” said Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan.
Fayetteville voters gave the nod to expand the public library and hundreds of locals gathered to kick off the official groundbreaking.
“After we opened the new library in 2005, we realized pretty quickly that we needed more space,” Library Director of Marketing and Communication, Steve Litzinger, said.
Over 180 people visit the public library every hour, according to the Director.
“Our programs and services are really at the max,” Litzinger said.
Litzinger said with a growing city comes a growing opportunity for the Library to also to continue to keep expanding.
“We’re going to be able to add a number of new programs for children and teens and for adults as well,” Litzinger said.
Local and state lawmakers like Congressman Steve Womack agree this expansion makes way for the future of the community.
“This library is about to take a major step forward into the future and expand to a lot of other areas that are reflective of what’s going on in the community,” Rep. Womack said.
For the parents and children who already enjoy what the library has to offer, the expansion is something worth dancing for.
“This library is going to get greater. This is an impactful library, a place where the community gathers and a place where people feel safe and they are able to come to gain that knowledge base,” local parent, Cristin Atha said. “What a great place we have here in Fayetteville.”
The library expansion is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2020.