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Roanoke County Starts New Year With New Library

Pictured (L-R) Diana Rosapepe, Clay Goodman, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Delegate Greg Habeeb, Butch Church, Charlotte Moore, Richard Flora, -Mike Altizer, Diane Hyatt; and Jim Nelson.

Roanoke County opened its first headquarters library in almost 40 years on Wednesday with a brief dedication ceremony. The “South County,” as the new library is called, is located in southwest Roanoke County at 6303 Merriman Road, directly across from Penn Forest Elementary School.

“We’ve listened to what people say they wanted in their new library and incorporated everything and more,” said Diana Rosapepe, Director or Roanoke County Public Libraries.

In addition to plenty of much-needed elbow room for staff and patrons, South County boasts 223 parking spaces (the 419 Library had 83), a drive-through book pick-up window, afterhours book lockers, a whimsical new children’s area, and a teen center. Patrons can also enjoy a fireplace on either floor. Access to the second floor is either by a wide center stairway or elevator.

The Commons adjoins the library and includes two large meeting rooms, a 200-seat auditorium, the Friends of the Roanoke County Public Library gift shop, and a coffee house operated by Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea. There will be drive-through service for the coffee shop as well. Outdoor seating will be available during the warmer months.

“People need to check the library’s calendar of events for additional programming this month, which includes Civil War historian Bud Robertson, antiques and collectibles dealer Ken Farmer, well- known poet Nikki Giovanni. For more Info visit :

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