- By J.White
- Posted Thursday, February 25, 2016
Reynolda Manor Library
The Reynolda Manor Branch Library currently is the largest branch facility in the Forsyth County Library system with 17,000 square feet of floor space. Community use is active, reflected by a high circulation (more than 270,000 checkouts) and over 25,000 registered borrowers. This full-service branch is located in northwestern Winston-Salem and attracts a multigenerational and multicultural customer base.
Jenny Barrett Boneno is the branch manager, and she and her staff offer a variety of programs and materials for all ages. If you have a question or a need, ask for any of Reynolda’s helpful staff for assistance.
The Reynolda Manor Branch Library first opened its doors October 1, 1964, in a building built by Jack Covington as a memorial to his wife. Mary Jane (Mrs. John J.) Whalen was the first manager.
The growing population in the community soon outgrew this small library branch, and a new building opened on May 28, 1998. This larger library building, a renovated movie theater down the street from the former location, provided an open and spacious facility.
In 1999, an exhibit of handcrafted fish made by fourth- and fifth-grade students of Speas Elementary School — under the direction of a Piedmont Craftsmen artisan — was installed in the entrance lobby, where it remained for several years. Two glass cases donated by the Friends of the Reynolda Manor Library were installed in the lobby, and now they display rotating collections from community groups and individuals year round.
Library managers for this branch over the years include: Mrs. John J. Whalen, Miriam Hawk, Barbara Thompson, Karen Robertson, Darla Johnson, George Taylor, and Laura Robbins Weigand. The current manager is Jenny Barrett Boneno.