Library employees, public officials and members of the community came together this morning to break ground on the new Mildred L. Terry library.
The crowd heard remarks from Superior Court Judge John Allen, State Representative Calvin Smyre and author Shay Youngblood, who have been long-time patrons of the library, before gathering to throw shovelfuls of confetti into the air.
"Mildred Terry introduced me to the world," Youngblood said. "I grew up in BTW apartments...this is my home. This is my community. This is a place where I was supported."
The current Terry library is 53 years old and about 4,200 square feet. The new building will be about 16,000 square feet and will open in the fall of 2009 on a site next door.
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"Librarians do not like things overdue," said Claudya Muller, director of the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System. "This groundbreaking has been so long overdue."
Even though the building may be bigger and have new furnishings, librarian Silvia Bunn said some things about the Terry library won't change.
"We promise we will keep the warm and welcoming atmosphere you expect," she said.