Wake Forest Community Library Re-Opening

Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
3:00 PM
Wake Forest Community Library, 400 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, NC

Wake County Public Libraries will celebrate the reopening of the Wake Forest Community Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24. The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the library, which is located at 400 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest.

“The library has always been an important part of this community, and we’re so excited to reopen it,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries. “This new and improved building will serve library patrons for years to come, and we look forward to making new memories with all of our visitors.”

The event will include the opportunity to check out the library, meet staff and hear from:

  • Greg Ford, vice chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners

  • Vivian Jones, mayor, Town of Wake Forest

  • Mike Wasilick, director, Wake County Public Libraries

  • Ann Burlingame, deputy director, Wake County Public Libraries

  • Lisa Behrens, chair, Wake County Library Commission

The library, which has expanded from 5,000 to 9,000 square feet, will offer youth programs, a collection of between 40,000 and 50,000 books, 16 public computers and WiFi. It will feature an increased youth programming space and enlarged reading and study areas for both children and adults.

For the first time, the Wake Forest Community Library will be open seven days a week. The Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the expanded hours in its Fiscal Year 2019 budget as recommended by the Wake County Library Commission.

Located at the southern edge of Wake Forest’s downtown, the library serves the growing communities of Wake Forest, Rolesville and north Raleigh. It sits on a campus shared by Kiwanis Park, an EMS station and the Wake County Northern Regional Center. It originally opened in 1996.

The expansion, which begin in September 2017, was a part of a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2007 to build, expand, renovate or repair libraries. Project costs totaled $2.64 million for construction, $272,800 for furniture and equipment, and $675,000 for books.