Charles City County first public library now open

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CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — For the first time in Charles City County’s 400 year history it now has a library to call its own.

On Sunday afternoon county administrators and legislators gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new library on 10790 Courthouse Road.

The goal is to offer the community more than just a good book.

“I like how some books have a lot of pictures and some have a lot of words,” third-grader Amelia Foster said.

Foster told 8News she likes how big the library is and that you can sit and watch videos.

“Build your mind strength and learn more,” Foster added.

Charles City County was the only Virginia municipality without a library. Book lovers created a makeshift library in the county’s courthouse. However, the makeshift library was only open 17 hours a week.

The new library will be open six days a week and is 8,200-square feet. It houses books, a children’s area, meeting rooms, a history center and even a 3-D printer.

County administrator Michelle Johnson said the library also serves as a workforce development center for individuals who are looking for jobs.

“It just brings me a lot of joy and happiness to see that our citizens can now have a quality space that they can now come to and visit on a daily basis,” Johnson said.

A committee started raising money 14 years ago for the library. In 2015, voters passed a bond referendum for $2.5 million to build the library.

“This should be the center of activities in Charles City County,” Charles City Library Campaign member James Tyler said.

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