Randleman library manager Donna Toomes shows off a book-themed kids’ entry way to the children’s area at the new Randleman Public Library.
The library’s preschool storytimes, every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m., will resume on February 5.
“The new library will be a ‘better library for a better tomorrow’ for the residents of Randleman and the surrounding areas,” says Randleman Librarian Donna Toomes.
The new facility essentially doubles the library’s space, from 6,300 sq. ft. to 12,573 sq. ft. Amenities include all new furnishings and shelving; a large, inviting area for children that includes iPads and a smart table; plenty of lounge and study seating for all ages; an expanded public computing area; small group study or tutoring rooms; a conference room for book clubs or other community groups; a large programming space with seating for 80 and associated activity space; and sufficient staff workspace and storage areas.
The library closed its 122 Commerce Square location on January 9 as relocation got underway. The previous library, built in 1973, had become extremely crowded and lacked space for reading, study, children’s programs and shelving for books.
Expansion of the library is part of the city’s effort to reorganize government offices and beautify the Commerce Square area. City Hall was moved to a Main Street building; the police station moved to the former city hall; and the square was landscaped with a stage, a fountain, seating areas and a farmer’s market.
The new library building previously housed the Richard Petty Museum, which relocated to Petty Enterprises in Level Cross.