BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for May 12, 2010
A correction on the Blues Fest/DAP/DPAC story

Southwest Regional Library reopens Monday, May 24

Mark it down on your calendars, south Durhamites: the branch library on Shannon Rd. is set at last to re-open in two weeks' time.

The Southwest Regional Library -- once a much-smaller branch, closed for the past 18 months for major renovations and the addition of a new wing, bringing the whole facility up to 25,000 sq. ft. -- will open anew on Monday, May 24. 

A ribbon-cutting by dignitaries including the County Commissioners at 10am will be followed by open house celebrations until 2pm, including musical performances by local school and community groups. A second evening open house will run from 6pm-8:30pm for those who can't make the daytime hours.

Among the features in the latest rejuvenated addition to the regional library network:

  • Expanded space for a larger collection, including A/V materials, and a new teen space;
  • Wireless internet access and public computing workstations
  • A 100-person meeting room, able to be divided into two for smaller groups
  • Two light-filled study rooms for groups of eight or less
The South Regional Library near Lowe's Grove is the last of the four regionals to open; its debut is set for this July, marking the end to the Parkwood branch down the road -- and to a decade-long, voter-approved program aiming to bring a full-service library within five miles of nearly all of the County population.

The last item on the Library agenda? Renovation of the serviceable-but-tired main downtown library, for which much of the planning is set -- but the funding isn't. A press release hopefully targets 2013 for that effort, though BCR assumes that's dependent upon the economic mood turning enough for a County bond referendum to be in sight, or for County leaders to find some other funding source.



I've gotten a tour of the Southwest branch, and it is absolutely beautiful. Big windows, lots of natural light, plenty of seating areas. The children's section is large, with specially designed shelves just for kids, and a walled off area for kids programs.

They have done an amazing job transforming this place into something that can be a real asset for the community.

Erik Landfried

Here's to hoping funding can be secured to make the Downtown Loop two-way by the time the downtown library gets a facelift so that people can actually walk there without taking their lives in their own hands.


Southwest Library Fans Can't Wait! It will be a huge plus to have the children's area separated.

A. Librarian

According to what we heard at Staff Development Day today (from Mike Ruffin and Skip Auld), Main is a go for renovations. Design phase = 2012-13; closed for renovations = 2013-15; reopen for business = 2015. There is money for the renovation in the County's Capital Improvement Plan.


My grandparents have talked about libraries.

I'll definitely check it out.

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