- By J.White
- Posted Thursday, February 28, 2019
Clemmons Branch Library
The Clemmons Branch Public Library is one of the highest circulating in Forsyth County. That’s with only 8,500 square feet. It’s the only Forsyth County Public Library building with a working fireplace! Library Manager Carolyn Price invites you to come in for a warm spot on a chilly day.
The Clemmons Library is located on Clemmons Road and serves a bustling community in a rural setting in southwest Forsyth County. The Village of Clemmons consists mainly of businesses, apartment complexes, housing developments, and several schools and retirement centers. Over 19,000 registered borrowers checked out nearly 300,000 items last year.
A Clemmons Village historical file is part of the branch’s collection, and historic photographs are displayed in the entrance.
Due to the efforts of the Clemmons Civic Club, county library service in Clemmons began in 1964 with a sub-branch located in a former Northwestern Bank building on Highway 158. The first librarian was Mrs. J.F. Brower, who was also a retired teacher. The facility was open for 24 hours per week. In 1967, it moved down the road to a former drugstore.
The Library was moved into a building shared with The Clemmons Courier newspaper in 1977. Hazel Myers and Gladys Cumby managed the Library at that time.
A full-service library branch was opened in August 1984 on land donated by Edgar and Melanie Broyhill. The first full-time professional librarian was Jim Govern, and the Library was open for 59 hours per week. The first children’s librarian, Myra Hill Worrell, was hired in 1984. Elizabeth Skinner became the first adult services librarian in 1987. The first village Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was held in 1990.
The Clemmons Library building was named for former County Commissioner Forrest E. Conrad in 1991. In that same year, another new institution was born; Library Manager Linda Hyde Tannenbaum started the Dial-A-Story service.
The managers of the Clemmons Library through the years have included: Mrs. J.F. Brower, Gladys Cumby, Hazel Myers, Jim Govern, Linda Hyde Tannenbaum, and Cindy Jones.