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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:25 pm

A decade of planning will come to fruition Saturday when the new Gum Spring Library fills with families exploring their new community gathering point for the first time.

The final touches still are being made, but the shelves are filled with books, banks of computers are online and the library’s spacious reading areas and meeting rooms are fully furnished. This week, artist Joan Gardiner will work to complete the large ceramic wall display, entitled Riparian Zone, that will be a visual focal point of the library.

The 40,000-square-foot facility is the county’s first two-story library, housed in a four-story building just south of Rt. 50 at 24600 Millstream Dr. near the entrance to Van Metre’s Stone Ridge development. The project began in 2003 as county leaders worked to provide more public services to residents in fast-growing southern Loudoun. In 2007, county voters approved a bond referendum to finance the project. At the time of the 2009 groundbreaking ceremony, a 2011 opening was envisioned.

Residents will likely find the opening of the library worth the wait. Gum Spring, the county’s eighth library, will be the first new branch to open in Loudoun since Ashburn Library in 2003. Since 2007, library usage in the county has increased by 50 percent.

The entire first floor of the new library is dedicated to children, with different rooms designed to serve specific age groups and reading levels. The second floor layout is geared to adults and teens, with spacious reading areas, glass-walled collaboration rooms and a game room.

The Gum Spring staff already is planning a wide range of programs for children and adults. Signup in under way for the Kids Book Club. Programs on how to use technology, including iPads and e-readers, are planned for adults.

The grand opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 and activities—including face painters, musical performances, teen center activities and opportunities for residents to get their library cards—will continue through 5 p.m.

Welcome to the discussion.

6 comments:

  • Concernedloudoun posted at 8:34 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    Concernedloudoun Posts: 9

    No room for fluff Library Guy? Then how do you explain a violent WWE and other video games and the gaming room? How is that not fluff? Again, is this a recreation center or a library?

     
  • library guy posted at 11:07 am on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    library guy Posts: 3

    Neither of you has much of a clue as to what goes in to planning for these facilities. The Gum Spring Library building was donated by Van Metre Companies. The fit up was done through bond issue and the management is included in the library budget which is just $13,500,000. Less than 1% of the county budget. There is no room for fluff in the library budget. The size of the library is commeserate with the population to be served. The model for Gum Spring, which is slightly smaller than Rust Library, will serve a population of about 100,000. The library circulates about 6,000,000 volumes a year. If residents had to purchase those materials instead, it would cost them about $90,000,000. Not bad for a $13,500,000 investment - which includes research help, reference librarians, story times for little kids, ESOL classes, community meeting areas, rooms for tutoring and a plethora of other learning tools. As for the materials in circulation, the library does not censor materials. That's the job of parents. If all libraries were the same size then you'd have massive buildings in Lovettsville and Middleburg or undersized buildings in Ashburn & Leesburg. When people are out of work, the free resources the library offers including help with resume writing and internet access are invaluable.

     
  • norges55 posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    Why is the bus service provided here in one of the wealthiest counties in the USA free of charge to the parents with children in public school?

     
  • swleesburgva posted at 3:21 pm on Tue, Feb 19, 2013.

    swleesburgva Posts: 26

    Good grief! Loudoun taxpayers should be outraged. Why is this library to be different from other Loudoun County libraries? Are the patrons of this library different than those who utilize other libraries in the county? Of course not!

    Every Loudoun County library should be identical to other recently-opened libraries. Too much money is wasted on architects and special planning. The same goes for schools--all new schools should conform to master plans for elementary, middle, and high schools. So the next two elementary schools would be absolutely identical. We do have a spending problem in this county. Drawing up new plans for every new public facility is ridiculous!

     
  • Concernedloudoun posted at 10:52 pm on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    Concernedloudoun Posts: 9

    A specially outfitted game room? Really? Is this a library or a recreation center? It is no wonder the library budget is out of control. They are setting up stuff like this room, loaning out blockbuster movies to compete with commercial rentals, loaning out mature rated violent video games to kids, etc. I would encourage the BOS to actually visit and question their programs, facilities and lending materials before blindly funding them. What does a WWE wrestling violent video game have to do with educating my child. Stick to the books!!

     
  • Concernedloudoun posted at 10:51 pm on Mon, Feb 18, 2013.

    Concernedloudoun Posts: 9

    A specially outfitted game room? Really? Is this a library or a recreation center? It is no wonder the library budget is out of control. They are setting up stuff like this room, loaning out blockbuster movies to compete with commercial rentals, loaning out mature rated violent video games to kids, etc. I would encourage the BOS to actually visit and question their programs, facilities and lending materials before blindly funding them. What does a WWE wrestling violent video game have to do with educating my child. Stick to the books!!