The Pickens County Library Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
May 2, 2023
Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) invites all members of the community to join them at 100 Library Lane as they celebrate the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Pickens County Library on May 11 at 4 PM, hosted by the Pickens Chamber of Commerce.
“We are looking forward to the ribbon cutting, not just as a celebration for the opening but an opportunity to say thank you,” says Angela Cortellino, Executive Director of SRLS. “We were able to renovate and expand our library because of community support, but also because of the support of our local and state leaders. The project was funded by SPLOST and two state grants. The ribbon cutting is a celebration of all the things that made the project possible.”
The Pickens County Library relocated to a temporary space in May 2021 while the primary space underwent construction. Partial funding of $1,800,000 for this project was made possible by the Pickens County’s SPLOST program. To fund the remaining portion, the Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) applied and received from the State a $2,000,000 Capital Outlay Grant, administered by the Georgia Public Library Service. The project received a second Capital Outlay Grant for FY24, for the amount of $175,000. These grants are funded by the sale of bonds and must be approved by the state legislature.
The finished renovation includes the addition of 8,200 square feet to the building. With an expanded and renovated library facility, the Pickens community will have more space for books and technology; larger areas for programs, meetings, collaboration, and creation; and additional seating for study and quiet reading.
“We have already hosted storytimes, lifelong learning programs and impromptu tours,” Cortellino says. “It has been an exciting time as we reintroduce the community to the new library, which everyone seems to really love. If you haven’t stopped by to take a look, please do.”
Pickens County Library full service hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
To view the library system’s full programming schedule and register for events, visit CalendarWiz.com/SequoyahRegLib. Please continue to visit SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org/PCL-Project for updates and announcements about the project, as well as up-to-date service hours for the Pickens County Library.
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