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Community to Celebrate Opening of New Crozet Library

The community is invited to attend the official grand opening ceremony for the new Crozet Library to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:00 a.m. at the new library on the corner of Crozet Avenue and Library Avenue.  The program will include remarks by Ann Mallek, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors; Tom Foley, Albemarle County Executive; Delegate Steve Landes, House of Delegates, District 25 Representative; Brian LaFontaine, President of the JMRL Board of Trustees; Bill Schrader, Chairman of the Library Fundraising Committee; and Madison Tegen, Western Albemarle High School Senior & Crozet Library Teen Volunteer. 

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 offers 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.

The new 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 funded purchase of the land, site preparation and building construction while private funds being generated through a community-based fund raising effort actually turned the building into a library: providing books, shelves, chairs, tables and desks,  A/V equipment and much more.  

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