Glen Allen Library expansion:Temporary closing beginning Saturday

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A popular library in Glen Allen is temporarily closing its doors to allow for an expansion project. That means services will be directed to other branches during one of the library's busiest times.

Branch members are excited about the work being done on the library, but say in the meantime, they're stocking up, hoping to avoid the inconvenience of traveling to another library elsewhere.

It was a busy morning for the Glen Allen Library. One last chance to use the computer, pick up or drop off books before the branch closes for construction. Brenda Huyoung is a retired teacher and has been using the library on a weekly basis for years.

"'I have told them, I'm very upset. I come here two or three times a week. With now computers you can reserve your books, it's really easy," said Brenda Huyoung.

But now as the library prepares to undergo an expansion, funded through the 2005 bond referendum, services will be provided only at the Twin Hickory, Tuckahoe and Dumbarton area libraries.

The bookmobile will also be available, but only for several hours, on alternating Fridays beginning June 19, putting some families in a tough spot as the library has become a part of their usual routine.

"A lot of kids come here they have a lot of programs for children they won't be able to have this summer," said Brenda.

"I've been using the library for 2 years, primarily the computer services, job searches. I've also taken some of their classes and with the economic times, I'm a big reader so instead of purchasing books, I've chosen to get them here, so that's going to be a big loss," said library patron Elaine Whitehead.

But it's a small price to pay, members say for the end result.  New features including a founding fathers collection, a larger meeting room, study rooms, and an outdoor courtyard - all improvements necessary, to keep up with the growing demand of this community.

The library will temporarily close as of 6 p.m. Saturday. Members are encouraged to use the other branch locations until the Glen Allen facility reopens in 2010.

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