Community Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Crozet Library
Albemarle County government officials joined representatives from the Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL), Crozet residents and other invited guests at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crozet Library held on Tuesday, June 26, at 11:30 am at the site of the new library on the corner of Crozet Avenue and Library Avenue. The 23,000 square foot library building is scheduled for completion in approximately a year at a construction cost of approximately $5.8 million.
The program included remarks by Ann Mallek, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors; Tom Foley, Albemarle County Executive; Tim Tolson, President of the JMRL Board; Bill Schrader, Chairman of the Library Fundraising Committee, John Halliday, Director of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Nancy Virginia Bain, lifelong Crozet resident and supporter of the Crozet Library.
The 2004 Crozet Master Plan established a new and expanded library in downtown Crozet as a critical community priority. Based on community input and preferences, the library was planned for the heart of downtown Crozet to provide a focal point for community activity and expand opportunities for economic vitality for existing and new downtown businesses.
The new library will support the community’s educational, recreation and social needs while fostering JMRL’s belief in the public library’s mission to help communities grow, learn and connect. The library planning and design team worked closely with community members to preserve and enhance the existing character of downtown Crozet and to incorporate features and elements into the library project that represent and honor Crozet’s heritage.
The library will offer a variety of exciting new features including a teen area with computers, study and lounge; community meeting/multi-purpose room seating 70; public computers for research and job seekers; children’s area with computers and furniture to scale; meditative reading area with mountain views; service desk with four self-check out units and adult area with a 50% increase in collection size.
Construction of the library is the latest in a series of projects envisioned by the Master Plan and implemented by Albemarle County to reinvigorate downtown Crozet. The new library supports a host of infrastructure projects that have multiple benefits for the public including a shared public parking lot for downtown, the streetscape project, construction of Library Avenue and the new stormwater basin.
The library represents an innovative public-private partnership in which Albemarle County has funded purchase of the land, site preparation and building construction while private funds being generated through a community-based fund raising effort will turn the building into a library: providing books, shelves, chairs, tables and desks, A/V equipment and much more.
Several major donations were announced at today’s groundbreaking:
- The Woman's Club of Crozet initially began supporting the Crozet Library when in 1928 they offered their clubhouse as a site for the library and the club's volunteers ran the library for over 30 years. The Woman's Club of Crozet continues this fine tradition with a funding commitment being announced today.
- The 32 year old Green Olive Tree thrift store, developed from a small Bible study group, has a dedicated ministry providing for this community. The Green Olive Tree Board is demonstrating that support today by announcing a funding commitment to Build Crozet Library's "BE PART OF THE STORY" campaign.
- The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers that promotes and provides programs and events in the JMRL libraries, including the semi annual book sale. As part of the ground breaking ceremony The Friends of the Library will present a donation of $100,000.00 to The Western Albemarle/Crozet Library Fundraising Committee.
Details on the fundraising effort can be found at buildcrozetlibrary.org.
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