While it officially opened to the public in January, the brand-new Morrisville Community Library never really got its moment in the spotlight thanks to COVID-19.
“COVID-19 forced us to cancel many events over the past year and a half, including what would have certainly been a great celebration for this new library,” said Vickie Adamson, vice chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “We look forward to giving the library the attention it deserves this weekend.”
Residents are invited to visit the library and enjoy the following activities over the weekend:
- Friday, Oct. 22 | 4:30–5:30 p.m.: Join Professor Whizzpop on the lawn for giggles galore, madcap magic and bundles of books.
- Saturday, Oct. 23 | 3–4 p.m.: The Indian art of Rangoli serves to welcome guests and is a harbinger of good luck and happiness. Join Sampada Agarwal to learn more about this art, see examples from local artists and make your own chalk Rangoli outside the library. Individuals and families are welcome. Registration for this is currently full. Please call 919-463-8460 to be placed on the waiting list.
- Sunday, Oct. 24 | 2–4 p.m.: Drop by to meet library staff on the lawn for fun and games! This Family Fun Day is perfect for babies to adults – there’s something for everyone.
Media are invited to attend a small, outdoor ceremony to officially cut the ribbon on the facility on Friday, Oct. 22. At 8:30 a.m., reporters will hear from:
- Vickie Adamson, vice chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners;
- TJ Cawley, mayor, Town of Morrisville;
- David Ellis, manager, Wake County;
- Martha Paige, manager, Town of Morrisville;
- Brenda Buchanon, vice chair, Wake County Library Commission;
- Mike Wasilick, director, Wake County Public Libraries; and
- Ann Burlingame, deputy director, Wake County Public Libraries.
Library staff will lead a tour of the facility following the formal remarks.
The 8,800-square-foot library offers youth programs, a collection of 45,000 books, 16 public computers and WiFi. Construction began in the fall of 2018 and was a part of a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2007 to build, expand, renovate or repair libraries. Project costs totaled approximately $4.1 million.
In October 2020, the Morrisville Community Library began providing books to the public as part of WCPL’s Books on the Go program, which allowed people to reserve books online and pick them up at the library. It opened for in-person visits in January 2021.