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February 24
Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Reopening of Wake Forest Community Library

Wake County Public Libraries celebrated the reopening of the Wake Forest Community Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24.

“Well, they say good things come to those who wait!” said Mike Wasilick, director of Wake County Public Libraries. “And I know that the Wake Forest community has been waiting a long time for this moment.”

The library, located at 400 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, is open seven days a week for the first time. The Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the expanded hours in its Fiscal Year 2019 budget as recommended by the Wake County Library Commission.

The library, which has expanded from 5,000 to 9,000 square feet, offers youth programs, a collection of up to 50,000 books, 16 public computers and WiFi. It features an increased youth programming space and enlarged reading and study areas for both children and adults.

“While this library will house an impressive collection of books, it will also serve as much more,” said Greg Ford, vice chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “It’s a dynamic community center with the ability to bring people together and provide a space to connect.”

Located at the southern edge of Wake Forest’s downtown, the Wake Forest Community Library serves the growing communities of Wake Forest, Rolesville and north Raleigh. It sits on a campus shared by Kiwanis Park, an EMS station and the Wake County Northern Regional Center. It originally opened in 1996.

The expansion, which begin in September 2017, was a part of a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2007 to build, expand, renovate or repair libraries. Project costs totaled $2.64 million for construction, $272,800 for furniture and equipment, and $675,000 for books.

About Wake County Public Libraries
The mission of Wake County Public Libraries is to promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County. In fiscal year 2018, our 22 libraries were visited more than 3.43 million times, and 235,251 people were active library cardholders.


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