by Alexis Ventura
After being closed for more than two years, Woodrow Wilson Community Library officially had its grand opening on March 21. For many people of the community, they could see this as something to get them positive or to wake up to going to the grand opening of the newly renovated library.
The old library closed on Aug. 31, 2013 for renovation, and was moved to a temporary location in an office building on Leesburg Pike. The temporary site had a 10,000 item collection, small children’s area, 10 internet stations and a small conference room for the duration of the renovations.
The grand opening kicked off with a ceremony led by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Mason District Supervisor, Library Director and Library Board of Trustees Chairman. All the Fairfax County Library members were there delighted to give their words on the renovated library, including House of Representative Gerry Connolly who gave his words about the library. “This is great library for the central part of the community, a place to get knowledge and a place for read and work for generations,” said Virginia House of Representative Gerry Connolly.
Then Fairfax County Library members, with the help of some children, cut the ribbon for the library to be officially open. Followed by the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. allowing the community entered to see the results of the renovation. They were greeted by a 50,000-item collection, multiple meeting rooms, modernized facilities, a sizable children’s area and 24 public computers which is an improvement done to the library. “It’s fantastic and a beautiful library, we’re really glad that it’s open because we’re opened until 3:30 p.m. and is good for the students to have access to another library that is close to us.” said Stuart Librarian Lisa Gunther. “This is fantastic. The library is gorgeous and a place for many to study, read, and do many things with the community.” said Fairfax Board of Supervisor Sharon Bulova. The renovated library was equipped with many building material like reflective material on the roof to reduce cooling cost of air conditioning, as well as air ventilation, and recycling material.
In the afternoon, there was entertainment for the people to watch including The Lion and Dragon dance which has music, dances and crafts. After that event, at 3 p.m. there was a Kaydee Puppet show featuring The Little Red Hen’s Wacky Week and The Lion and the Mouse Fable. “It is fantastic for the community and even during the first days of spring does this day come out to be great,” said Mason District Supervisor Penelope Gross.
The renovation was made possible with the help of many companies. To make the Woodrow Wilson Library with Bowie Gridley Architects with the designs of the building and construction done by Rand Construction Corporation. The renovated library was certified by Leadership Energy and Environment Design Guidelines (LEED). “I’m very excited to get Woodrow Wilson Library back in business and to serve the community, “said Library Director of Fairfax County Edwin S. Clay III. “Anytime you open a library, it feels great,” said Board of Fairfax Library Trustees Charles Fegan.