Customer Spotlight:Forsyth County Public Library

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Customer Spotlight: Exciting New Beginnings at
Forsyth County Public Library

Good things come to those who wait. Lara Luck, Collection Development Manager at the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem, NC, is especially pleased with what she sees in Forsyth’s near future.

An additional 30,000 square feet are about to change the face of the Forsyth County Central Library. The renovations will allow guests to enjoy a balcony, fireplace, reading room, and makerspace. It’s all part of a larger project set to restore three libraries over the next three years. Brodart is happy to support the renovation effort with several McNaughton titles. Lara says the library relies on the subscription plan year-round. “Even at the end of the year when our budget runs low, we have a reliable source for great books and audiobooks for our customers. The leasing plan has been great for making sure we keep a low holds-to-copies ratio for our customers,” Lara adds.

Recent bonds have paved the way for significant restorations to the main library, as well as two of its nine branches, tentatively scheduled for completion within the next three years. A “marketplace” layout in the new Central Library will give patrons access to a café, additional meeting/computer space, and new displays, Lara says. The Kernersville and Clemmons Branches will also have significant expansions when they are built.

“This has been our Year of Grants!” Lara says. Thanks to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, children’s spaces have gotten a facelift in seven of the library’s nine branches. That means new books, AV, shelving, and computers are now available for the community. Another grant helped the library and its peer support specialist reach out to the local homeless population. Thanks to this ongoing outreach program, much needed materials, programs, and support is being provided for these individuals in the community.

Each library branch has something special to offer. At Clemmons Branch Library, one particularly popular program, the Cookbook Club, requires participants to make and bring dishes from the cookbook the group is currently reading. And the goodwill doesn’t end there. Beyond the library doors, children’s librarians are sharing the kid-centric music and movement program with downtown residents.

Lara Luck is delighted to be a part of touching so many lives. “This wasn’t what I thought I was going to do with my life, but because I’ve enjoyed it so much, I made a career out of it,” she says. “That’s probably thanks to the community and the library. I’m just really grateful to have the opportunity to work with them.” It looks like good things do come to those who wait.

Our thanks go out to the Forsyth County Public Library, a longtime McNaughton customer, and we wish them continued success with these exciting new ventures.