It is a great pleasure to welcome you to your new Central Library. While it’s been a long time in coming I believe you will agree with me when I say it was worth the wait.
From start to finish the construction of the new Central Library has been a wonderful learning experience for me. The overwhelming passage of the 2010 Library bond referendum was a reflection of your awareness of the need to upgrade our Central Library and to replace outdated cramped branches in Clemmons and Kernersville.
Construction of a new library is the public face of progress but tells just part of the story. When Central Library closed, thousands of books and resources had to be moved, furniture stored, programs recalibrated, staff relocated to branch sites all while still delivering the excellent library service you have come to expect. Our collaboration with Forsyth County Government during the entire process helped prepare the way for a smooth transition of how we delivered our services and resources.
Everything about this magnificent building has been designed with you, the end user in mind. From the moment you enter the building there is a sense of excitement with a new discovery around every corner.
From the open expanse of the atrium, with our new video wall providing information and visuals about library happenings, to the coffee shop around the corner where you can stop by for a cup of coffee and a sweet roll you will soon discover this is a library built for the future.
Our new children's area will have adults wishing they could turn back the clock and be a kid again. The light and airy design includes an abundance of computers laid out in a creative serpentine pattern. Strategically placed nooks and crannies are perfect for literally curling up and getting lost in a favorite book.
Moving upstairs you’ll noticed the decor turns a bit postmodern as you pass an orange wall speckled with dots and comma marks. Welcome to our Teen Central area. From furniture choices to shelving everything here is planned to attract and appeal to the teenager. Without a doubt the pièce de rèsistance has to be the brand new makerspace located in the new Teen Central.
What’s a makerspace? It’s simply a laboratory like setting that provides a hands on creative learning environment for teens to design, experiment, build and invent using a variety of materials and resources (safely of course). One of the new pieces of technology you’ll find in our makerspace is a 3D printer which is the perfect tool to turn ideas into finished pieces.
The third floor houses our general collection as well as two new great features have already received rave reviews. The first is the Forsyth Reading Room which will make you think you’re in your own den, sitting in a favorite chair reading a favorite book or periodical in front of a fireplace. (Not to worry, the flames are not real.) the second is our open air terrace looking out over the Fifth Street entrance and in the fall and winter offering wonderful views of Pilot Mountain and the Sauratown Mountains.
Success for this project starts first and foremost with you, the citizens of Forsyth County. From your support at the ballot box to your thoughtful ideas and suggestions at our public input meetings the new Central Library, and future Kernersville and Clemmons branch libraries is a strong testament to your vision, insight and understanding that indeed great libraries help build great communities.
It is my sincerest desire that the new Central Library will provide joy, happiness and satisfaction to all who pass through its doors and that future generations will also come to know the transformational power found in public libraries.
Donna L. Staley
Chairwoman, Forsyth County Board of Trustees