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The Post Road Library will become the fourth branch of Forsyth County Public Library. The new library is located at 5010 Post Road, about a quarter mile south of the Drew Campground / Kelly Mill Road intersection. A 23,500-square-foot, full-service facility, the new library has been designed to serve all ages of the county population through programs, materials, technology, and online resources. Post Road Library will eventually house 96,000 volumes and has a 100-seat capacity meeting room. Thirty-eight public access computer workstations will also be available, in addition to WiFi access throughout the library. A drive-up book drop and automated sorting equipment will help to quickly and efficiently handle returns.

Funding for Post Road Library was made possible from SPLOST VI, passed in 2008. In addition, the library received a $2,000,000 state construction grant for capital projects to add to the local SPLOST funds. The total of both the local and the state funds is about $7.2 million. Since the SPLOST and state grant funds can only be used for construction, operating funds for the Post Road Library have been requested from the county's general funds. The general funds come from property taxes, regular sales tax collections, and other general revenue.

The new library is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home, or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, such as sustainable site development, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Educational signs throughout the building will explain specific LEED features. Additional information on LEED can be found at

The exterior of the building has a mix of brick and stone, as seen on the rendering. The brick is a grayish-brown and the stone matches what has been used in the adjacent Fieldstone neighborhood. The open lattice roof that runs over the tops of the front windows is metal and is a dark bronze. As patrons approach the building, they will walk up to the entrance on slate tiles and step onto dark wood flooring inside.

The design goal of Post Road Library is to provide patrons with a "wow" moment as they enter the building and then follow that moment with a comfortable, positive experience. The interior color scheme reflects earthy hues, reminiscent of the early 1900's, rural Drew community farm land where the library is now located. The fabric palette includes deep red and medium brown tones like plowed fields, sage green like pasture grasses, gold like autumn leaves, and deep teal like rivers and streams. A greenish-brown carpet covers the entire building, with various texture patterns featured in different areas. The carpet in the children's area has a bright persimmon stripe and features scattered blocks of this color to add fun. Reader furniture and the public service desks are crafted from warm golden wood.

Across the front of the building are specialty rooms: a meeting room, a computer room that can be used by individual patrons as well as for classes, a separate teen space, and the quiet room. Glass walls divide the latter three rooms from the interior of the library so that light from the exterior windows can filter farther into the building for energy efficiency.

As part of the interior finishes for the Post Road Library, Bryan White with Whitelake Studios has prepared large artwork panels to hang in key locations in the new library. Bryan created the beautiful panels that hang in the Forsyth Conference Center and also art panels at the Bethelview Greenway entrance and at Fowler Park.

To pay for the artwork the library has used some funds from the construction budget and from grants from various Forsyth civic organizations. Application was made to the Forsyth County Arts Alliance, which awards a total of $50,000 in matching grants every year to Forsyth County nonprofit organizations to encourage all forms of art in the community. The FCAA has awarded the Post Road Library $9,700 toward three of the artwork projects. We are very grateful for this generous gift.

One of the most interesting art exhibits is a tri-panel collage in the entry foyer, commemorating the Drew community, including historical photos, maps, and census data from the early 1900's, when the Drew post office was established. In the children's area, the panels show the top branches of a large, spreading tree. Hidden amongst the leaves are portrayals of children's dreams, suggested by elementary students in the Post Road school cluster.

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held at the construction site on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Guest speakers included Sen. Jack Murphy, Commission Chairman Jim Boff, and District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent. The architect for Post Road Library is Craig, Gaulden, Davis from Greenville, South Carolina. Benning Construction Group is the General Contractor.

A Grand Opening for the Post Road Library is planned for Saturday, August 24, 2013.

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