Sept. 4, 2013
It's a story ten years in the making. The new Crozet Library opened on Wednesday after years of planning and anticipation.
Staff and readers of all ages arrived at library for the soft opening of the brand new facility.
"I've been dealing with the flat plans on this library for about five years now. So to see it all in 3D is like when you are a child and you open up those magical pop-up books, and everything is standing there before your eyes," said branch manager Wendy Saz.
Eager readers arrived bright and early to get a first glimpse of the brand new library, and they were not disappointed.
"Each time I get into a different spot, it just blows my mind," said library patron Michelle Amtmann. "Like this teen section over here is absolutely incredible."
The creation of the new library, like any good story, had a few bumps in the road.
"I think the Albemarle County Supervisors made a brave decision to go ahead, even when the economy was down. And it really turned out great," JMRL Director John Halliday said.
The community had a huge impact in getting the library up and running, from raising funds, to filling the space with books.
"We've seen over 700 individual donations from people wanting to be a part of the library, to help build the library," said chair of the fundraising committee Will Schrader.
That community spirit is exactly what gave the library a storybook ending, or at least the beginning of a new chapter.
"I grew up here so I've watched the library move all over, from the old women's club to the other spots, and finally here. It's like a dream," said longtime patron Nancy Virginia Bain.