WL ground break

Student representatives, county officials and library personal at a ceremonial ground breaking for the West Lincoln branch library Thursday afternoon.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event was held Thursday to celebrate progress made on the future West Lincoln Branch library.

The event was well attended by the public, library staff and county officials. Student representatives from area feeder schools took part in turning the soil.

Currently, West Lincoln library is housed in a strip mall on Highway 27. The new facility is being built on 35 acres of land gifted by Loretta Beam and will be approximately 12,000 square feet.

Library director Dr. Jennifer Sackett noted the new library will feature new technology, a

dedicated children’s room, a makerspace, a 100 seat community area, and a dedicated teen space, the first of its kind in any Lincoln County public library.

The Board of Commissioners approved the new library about two years ago. Hickory Construction won the bid to build it at just over $3.3 million. The county received a state grant of $250,000 for furnishing.

The site at the corner of Shoal and Westwinds Road has been graded and the skeleton of the library is beginning to take shape. The library is expected to be completed in early 2020

“It’s always good to see a dream become a reality,” Board of Commissioners chair Carroll Mitchem said. “And that’s what we have here.”

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