From YouTube: NewsMakers; Westover Library/Reed School
NewsMakers; Looking at the progression of construction and the programs offered in the new Westover Library/Reed School in Arlington County
It's going really well. The schools are going to gain occupancy in the middle of this month, there's kind of a rolling occupancy, so the libraries should be able to get into the building in early September and begin our move from the existing facility into this facility and then look for an opening, probably soft-launched, mid-october, with a party for the community in late October. That's what we're looking at right now for the library staff.
It's really exciting, because there will be three different programs in the schools with whom we can partner on education and outreach in literacy in reading programs and instilling in the members of those school communities the joy of reading and kind of lifelong learning. So for us, it's a real opportunity and we're looking forward to when we're all in the buildings and ready to go having more sessions to talk about what that joint programming mark might look like the building level.
Planning Commission was absolutely integral to the success of what you're seeing today, because the neighborhood had waited since 1998 for a library and had an enormous amount of influence over the design concepts. The principles they were very excited that we were interested as well in retaining the original school because of the nature of the original school structure, there's kind of a mix of classic architecture and classic stylings in terms of some of the outfitting Zand furniture, as well as these kind of modern and again I.
Think that really fits because it it's the old that leads to the new it's the new that is built upon the traditions of the past. Well, I think, if nothing else, it provides a community focus in a community space. We have the plaza out here for farmers, markets and festivals and music events. They don't have something like that now, so it's a it's a destination rather than a library up the hill. It becomes an integral part of community and community life, so it becomes a real magnet for all kinds of activity.
There's a community facility in the building we'll have tons of new computers, so again, I think I, think featuring the library as a destination. Just as it's worked so well in shirlington is going to happen here. It's probably going to double our readership and visitors within the first few months.
For me, it's sort of special because I grew up in the community and I. Remember when the library was over there on Longfellow street in an apartment, building and I got my library card and then the building up the street at Lexington and mckinley was the new building where I spent my formative years and now I'm back in arlington, and I have the thrill of opening yet another westover branch and it's it's pretty exciting and the staff is really excited as well.