A tearful Lisa Jones, Grayson County Public Library Director, began the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library at exactly 9:00 a.m. Monday morning, June 6.
“As you all know in Grayson County, we’re always quite prompt,” Jones said, to laughter in the small crowd gathered at the construction site in front of the Grayson County Judicial Building.
Plans for the new library began after the first architect interview in 2011. Funding for the library came from a RHS-CF Loan of $4,600,000 and an Applicant Contribution of $308,000, totaling up to $4,908,000.
After a long wait, Jones felt the emotional passion of the moment, and the hopes of how this new library will affect the community.
“We’re just so excited; we’ll be able to do more for the county that we weren’t able to do due to size,” Jones said after the ceremony.
The future library will be more than double the size of the present library at 17,500 square feet, which will include an increased book collection, more computers, study rooms, and a drive-through drop-off and pick-up box. This includes parking that will accommodate 99 cars and three handicap spaces.
“It’s very exciting,” Jones said.
At the ceremony, speakers Terry Loper, Area Director of USDA Rural Development, and Kindra Ewing Jones, president of the Grayson County Public Library District Board of Trustees, addressed the crowd, expressing their excitement that construction for the new library was underway.
After this, board members donned their construction worker hats, picked up some shovels, and tossed the loose dirt presented to them, representing the beginning of a new stage for the library.
Then, led by Laura Lindsey, Youth Services Librarian, older and younger children involved with the library’s children’s programming went up with their shovels as well.
After the ceremony, the library invited the crowd to eat donuts and drink coffee at their present location.
“We’ve had such great community support, we’re so thankful for that,” Jones said.
The new library is expected to be open the summer of next year.