The newly renovated Woodrow Wilson Library, a branch of the Fairfax County Public Library, reopened to the public on Saturday, March 21 after a ribbon cutting ceremony. The branch is located at 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, Library Director Edwin S. Clay III and Library Board of Trustees Chairman Charles Fegan spoke at the ceremony.
“The renovated Woodrow Wilson Library is a beautiful, light-filled building. It will not be long before every seat is taken and the conference rooms booked with people reading, studying, having fun, connecting with each other and just enjoying this vibrant library so valued by the community,” said Supervisor Gross.
Entertainment during the day included Lion and Dragon Dance featuring music, dance and crafts with Au and Thieu Doan Trung Vuong and Girl Scouts 2016, and a Kaydee puppet show featuring The Little Red Hen's Wacky Week and The Lion & the Mouse Fable. The puppet show was cosponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.
The renovated 14,420-square-foot building includes a 50,000-item collection, 93 parking spaces, multiple meeting rooms with additional capacity, modernized facilities and 24 public computers.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Fairfax County tax payers for approving the bond that paid for this renovation. I know I am grateful to be part of a community that continues to invest in libraries because books, information and community spaces are so important for the vitality of a prosperous community,” said Clay.
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services oversaw the renovation and construction of the branch. It was designed by Bowie Gridley Architects and constructed by Rand Construction Corporation. The branch was designed and constructed to be certified by the Leadership Energy and Environment Design Guidelines(LEED®). It includes building materials with high recycled content, a roof made of reflective materials to reduce cooling costs, efficient air ventilation and more.
The Woodrow Wilson Library renovation was funded through the 2004 bond referendum with a fund cost of approximately $4,100,000. Photos of the renovation are available online https://www.flickr.com/photos/fairfaxcountypubliclibrary/sets/72157643315840013/