Kanawha County Public Library officials announce that the Elk Valley Branch Library will open in its new location at 313 The Crossings mall in Elkview at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:45 p.m. with refreshments to follow.
The new library is the first in the state to be located in a shopping center. The building is in the new section of The Crossings, behind and to the left of Kmart.
"We're very excited about the new library and the expanded services that will be available," said Alan Engelbert, KCPL Director. "The Library Board got behind the project, library staff did a great job in working with ZMM Architects to plan the layout, and the Elk Valley Branch Advisory Board contributed a significant amount of money to help equip and furnish the branch. They also solicited additional donations, using matching funds designated by legislators from the 30th and 31st districts to leverage additional gifts. It was a real team effort and the public is really going to appreciate the results."
The project is the first to be completed in Kanawha County Public Library's Open a Modern Classic campaign to build a new Main Library and make branch improvements.
"After a careful analysis of the immediate service improvements, the need to renovate the former site of the Elk Valley Library, and the long term fiscal impact, the Board of Directors determined that the community would best be served by leasing the building at The Crossings rather than building a new library," said Mike Albert, KCPL Board President. "We looked at several options, including remodeling the current library in Big Chimney. The location at The Crossings was selected because it was more cost effective and provided better access for the public."
Ellie Teaford, Branch Manager at Elk Valley, is delighted with the features of the new facility. "The new building will allow us to provide more programs for people of all ages as well as a larger collection of books, audiovisual items and magazines. There are three study rooms and one large community meeting room that can be divided into two smaller rooms."
The new library will also have 16 public computers, wireless internet service, ample parking and a drive-up book drop
The branch will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The last day of operation at the current facility in Big Chimney will be July 23 to allow time for staff members to move the collection and equipment into the new building.
If patrons have items checked out from Elk Valley that will become due during the closure, their due date will become Aug. 8. Items can be returned before that date, but will have to be returned at another KCPL location. The book return at the Big Chimney location will not be in service after July 23.
During the time the library is closed, no overdue fines will be assessed for materials checked out from Elk Valley.
Elk Valley staff members will be unavailable during the closure. More information is available at the Elk Valley Branch Library page. For questions about fines, bills or other concerns, contact any other KCPL location or the Main Library at 304-343-4646.