Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Eagle Rock Library

This is the site of the new library in Eagle Rock. It will open in 2010.

Botetourt County is paying just over $1 million for the building. The cost is about $500,000 less than they had budgeted for because contractors were hungry for work and so bid low.

The facility will be about 9,000 square feet, making it the largest library in the county.

Someday there will be a basketball court and community center to the rear of the lot.

The library will sit in front of Eagle Rock Elementary School. Library officials expect a lot of school children will visit when the bell rings in the afternoon.

It will be the fourth library in the county.

Botetourt County covers 548 square miles of territory and it takes an hour to drive from Glen Wilton to the north to Blue Ridge to the south.

That's why there will be four libraries, so folks in the northern end will have some county service.

The other libraries are in Blue Ridge, Fincastle, and Buchanan.

I am vice-chairman of the Botetourt County Library Board of Trustees. I was appointed by the supervisor for the Amsterdam District to serve on this board. My term ends in 2010, at which point I cannot serve again under the Library by-laws. I'll have to sit out a term or two.


  1. I just love libraries! I was so excited when they put one in our area last year and I didn't have to drive all the way to the next township anymore. We go every week to get books, magazines and DVD's. I esp. love that you can order books through the Allegheny county library system by computer and they deliver to our library. So cool!

  2. I don't go to the library nearly as often as I used to, but when I do, it is always busy. The Internet is a wonderful thing, but it doesn't seem to have impacted libraries that much. It's wonderful to know that you are vice-chair - a writer on the library board! What a great fit!

  3. Great story, I just discovered your blog.

  4. How wonderful! I didn't know that was in the works. I just love our FCL. They are such an important asset in the community, and that feeling of community is what we need more of around here.


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