New library starting to take shape

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Updated Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:23 am

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Work continues on The Library Center - Waccamaw on Willbrook Boulevard in Litchfield. The county will take posession of the building just before Christmas, and it should be open early next year.

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Carlethia Rudolph got her first up-close peek at The Library Center – Waccamaw last week, and she was nearly speechless.

“Wow” was the first word that came to mind. “Home” was the second.

“I think we’re home now,” said Rudolph, the manager of the current, and future, library branches on Waccamaw Neck. “I think we’ve come home to roost.”

Dwight McInvaill, director of the Georgetown County Library System, was equally impressed.

“So many have given so much of their time, and planning and … funding [for] this facility, that it really makes me feel great to see it go up the way it is,” McInvaill said. “It’s now something solid, whereas before it was a thing of dreams.”

The new facility, on Willbrook Boulevard next to Midway Fire Rescue, is 10,000 square feet larger than the current facility on Library Lane.

“I didn’t realize the children’s area was that huge,” Rudolph said. “[It] is such a huge and awesome building. It’s beautiful.”

The new facility will have 40 percent more shelf space in the adult reading area and 80 percent more shelf space in the children’s area.

There will also be a community room that can seat around 175, double what the current facility’s community room can hold.

McInvaill said construction has been going well, with change orders kept to a minimum.

However, there is no firm opening date yet, although the county is expected to take possession of the building the week of Christmas.

“We’re still at the mercy of the weather,” McInvaill said.

When the county was building the current Waccamaw Library, Hurricane Hugo hit. McInvaill is hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.

Rudolph said she and her staff are already planning for staffing levels at the new facility, coming up with opening and closing procedures, and deciding what items at the current facility have to be packed up moved, and what won’t be moved.

“We’re really thinking and trying to plan in advance,” she said.

McInvaill said overall plans for the grand opening are in place, but many of the details still being worked out.

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