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Published on December 15th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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RICHLAND LIBRARY EDGEWOOD OFFICIALLY OPENS

Columbia, SC– After nearly one year of construction, Richland Library has added a new location to the Edgewood community. Recently the staff held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and invited the community to take a look at the state-of-the-art facility, which transformed from an Old Dollar General into a new library.

The nearly 7,500 square-foot structure, located at 2101 Oak Street, offers customers the following, enhanced spaces:

  • ORAL HISTORY RECORDING ROOM: Use your voice to help capture the history of our community. Ask a staff member to get started.
  • MAKERSPACE: Tinker, experiment and create with tools in both guided and open-lab sessions.
  • MEETING SPACES: Learn, create and share in flexible spaces that support community collaboration, small group discussions and more.
  • CHILDREN’S AREA: Inspire lifelong learning, get your kids ready for kindergarten or build reading muscles in our new Children’s Area. Explore our cozy story room and tinkering space.
  • COURTYARD: Step outside and enjoy the fresh air without leaving the library.

In addition, one percent of the construction budget went toward a one-of-a-kind, community-driven public art piece by Ayako Abe-Miller. TitledTreasure, it includes seven panels, depicting members of the community as silhouettes. When Abe-Miller spoke with local residents, they continued to reply, “Edgewood’s greatest treasure is its people.”

The upgrades are part of the more than $2 million project that was planned for the Edgewood location. It was made possible, thanks to funding from Richland County Council, the sale of the former Richland Library Sandhills building and a fundraising campaign by the Richland Library Friends and Foundation.

To check out the latest building updates and project renderings at any of our library locations, visit buildingyourlibrary.com.

For additional pictures, click here, and for questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com. 

About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

 

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