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Walkertown Branch Library

Posted on 1/9/2014 by N.Tuchina

Walkertown Branch Library

The Walkertown Library serves the town of Walkertown, NC and the surrounding communities of Kernersville, King, Walnut Cove, Belews Creek, and Germanton. This dynamic community with strong family and church ties is experiencing rapid growth, and the library staff strives to keep up with the needs of this expanding, diverse population.

Since its opening in 1992, the Walkertown library has received strong community support. The Walkertown Library celebrated it's 20th Anniversary in May 2012.

The library facility is 10,800 square feet in size and experienced over 105,000 visits by local patrons within the last year. It was originally funded by both a state grant from the legislature and a 1987 bond referendum. The facility itself was designed by architect Stuart McCormick of the architectural firm Calloway, Johnson and Moore, who received an award for design excellence for the project from the North Carolina Institute of Architects.

Some of the prominent features that the Walkertown library offers include: A conference room and an auditorium, a VFW memorial, a community quilt which depicts the cultural heritage of Walkertown (this quilt served as a Friends of the Library fundraiser and raised over $7,000 for the library), and a community display case and bulletin board.

One of the most impressive distinguishing characteristics of this library is its community garden. Fourteen raised garden beds have been installed in 2012 and are being maintained. This is a wonderful, visible way for the community to come together at the library and contribute to the greater good of the local people and the local atmosphere.

In addition to the attributes listed above, the Walkertown library offers many valuable resources and services to its patrons. Some of the primary services offered include:

· A video relay service for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

· An Early Literacy workstation with a computer and games for children ages 1-8

· A digitization workstation that allows users to digitize analog formats such as cassettes, slides, photos, documents and videos

· A large-print collection sponsored by the Walkertown Lions Club

· A large Inspirational/Christian Fiction collection

· A large science fair project collection

· Exam proctoring

· Year-round programming for all ages!

· Grand 5'10 Piano available for concerts and recitals

Other resources that this library is proud to provide that are available at all of the Forsyth County Public Library branches are: Reference Librarians who lend their expertise, a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and reference books which can be returned at any FCPL library, featured bestsellers, Inter-library loan from many other libraries, a substantial collection of magazines, journals, periodicals and newspapers, videos and dvds, audiobooks available on cd as well as on cassette, public computer stations, copiers and music cds.

The Walkertown public library serves its community at large and all of its members equally. It is open and welcome to anyone who would like to utilize the tremendous array of services that it offers.