Alachua County Library District started constructing a new Waldo Branch Library in September. The previous Dollar General 8,100 sq. ft. building is being converted into a 5,000 sq. ft. community library making it five times Waldo Branch’s current size, plus 3,100 sq. ft. will be used for Library District storage space. The property is located at 15150 NE US Highway 301 in Waldo which is within walking distance to the current library.
New features will include a dedicated teen space, an enlarged children’s space with a Snuggle Up Center, a quiet reading room, two study rooms, a community meeting room for library and community events, and a new ARTspace for arts and crafts activities. Twelve more computers will be added to provide a total of 18 including two Early Learning Computers plus two regular computers in the children’s area, six computers in the teen space and eight computer work stations for adults.
“We are eager to expand services for the Waldo and surrounding rural communities,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “This community is ready for more opportunities and by growing our smallest branch we will be able to offer quality programs, plus study and meeting room options. Waldo area residents will have many more opportunities to participate locally in programs for all ages, connect with the resources they need and discover new services they can use. Programs like Baby/Toddler Time will expose our youngest learners to diverse stories and songs while helping them improve their early literacy skills. Staff will be able to offer one-on-one computer assistance to build digital literacy skills to help people access technology and apply for jobs and/or assistance. The Waldo Branch already plays a major role in this small community and we look forward to increasing our hours of service in order to expand services throughout our county.”
The general contractor is Hoffman Construction and the architect is Paul Stresing Associates, Inc. The completion date is scheduled for the spring of 2019.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event, he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).