Created: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:29:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:41:40 EST
The Middle Georgia Regional Library's newest facility is officially open and ready for the public, less than four years after a lightning strike burned the old building to the ground in Twiggs County.
Twiggs County High School Student Odessa Cornelius says she is excited about the state of the art facility that her and her classmates helped make happen by raising money for books.
"I think we found a new hangout spot," the Junior said, during the library's grand opening ceremony Tuesday.
The new facility costs around $1.8 million, with $1,150,000 coming from state grants approved by Governor Nathan Deal, whose wife Sandra was in Jeffersonville Tuesday, to read to children.
Thomas Jones, the Middle Georgia Regional Library's Director of Libraries says he expects the new facility in Twiggs County to generate around 20,000 visits a year.
"This is a dream come true for me," Jones said.
Jones says the library, at 6,000 square feet, is one of the smallest of his organization's 14 facilities serving 6 counties in Middle Georgia, but what the building lacks in size it makes up with technology and design.
"We build libraries as the hub of the community, and I think today we've met our goal in building a library that the community will be able to use for years to come," Jones said.
For more than two years the community has been using a store-front facility as a library. It's a place cornelius says wasn't exactly attractive to her and her friends.
"I didn't really care too much about it, but now I think I'm more interested now that I see how much the library can better my education," Cornelius said.