A project two decades in the making has finally kicked off in Kennett Square. The town’s current 60-year-old, 11,000-square-foot library will soon give way to its heir apparent now that ground has officially been broken on the upcoming Kennett Library & Resource Center. The new public library, a glass-walled, sprawling, quasi-event center, will eventually offer the southern Chester County community top-of-the-line amenities. This includes a 110-seat auditorium, 14 meeting and activity rooms, four classrooms dedicated to instruction and tutoring, state-of-the-art computer facilities featuring eight computers and free Wi-Fi, children’s maker space, adult maker space, English and language courses, several quiet reading areas, and an outdoor terrace. Kennett Square’s Public Library represents a tradition in Kennett Square that’s been alive since 1896 when the library was first established. The new reiteration of this resource will include a 31,485 square-foot, two-floor facility, modern interiors, and a nod to a brighter future for everyone involved in its use and creation. The library states: “The Kennett Library is both a knowledge sanctuary and a community center. It is the soul of our community and it is the most important place in town.” In September, you can join the campaign to make the Kennett Library a mortgage and debt-free endeavor by contributing financial or even volunteer support. To date, construction has been generously supported by a combination of local and federal grants, but there’s still work to be done. A Grand Opening is planned for February 2023. To stay updated, see https://kennettlibrary.org/ and https://campaign4.kennettlibrary.org/.

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