The new Haymarket Gainesville Library of Prince William County officially opened in October and it is fantastic!
The new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library is a wonderful new addition to the community and is conveniently located on Lightner Road and Route 15 near Mountain View Elementary. It is open seven days a week. The recently adopted new vision of the Prince William County Library System is to create a viable, visible and valued part of the community. This new library should certainly achieve that.
You can smell the ‘newness’ as you enter this 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility characterized by contemporary design features, circular angles, soaring ceilings and huge windows that allow sunlight to spill in everywhere.
The new library offers traditional services, as well as newer web-based services and self check-out. Patrons have access to several large screen Dell computers, printers, copy machines, wireless internet and plenty of table top charging stations. There is a bright and cheery children’s reading room with activity space, meeting rooms that can be reserved by private groups, a quiet study room and a well-stocked periodical section.
Also on location is the The Bushy Park Historic House (shown in photo) . This farmhouse was actually moved to the library site from another local, historical landmark and has been restored and modernized. It will be used to interpret the history of the region and will also serve as a reading room and special place to host community events.
While still growing, the collection of materials here is all new. Gently used book donations to the library system are always welcomed. They are channeled through the Friends of the Library and sold at book sales, in which proceeds help fund the many library programs and special events.
Volunteer opportunities may also be available. Volunteer positions can include various tasks including clerical work or improving technology outreach. To learn about volunteer positions at the library, visit pwcgov.org/library. There is an online application.
This new library will surely be a beneficial hub to our community. Programming for children and teens includes Baby and Preschool Storytimes, PAWs Reading to Dogs, Chess Club and History Readers Club. There are also adult programs like the monthly Great Beginnings Book Club and Tabletop Thursday—with social modern tabletop games. Special events will also be scheduled year round. To get current information sent to your email, sign up for the library newsletter at the link: pwcgov.org/library/emailnewsletters.
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