The Greenville Library System’s much-anticipated Five Forks branch brings a community center to an area that is experiencing explosive commercial and residential growth.

The branch, opening March 25, is approximately 28,000 square feet, making it the second largest facility in the system. But beyond its size, the new library offers some unique features that will make studying, story times and family time fun for children and their parents.

“I think they can expect to find a bright, inviting place that’s colorful and engaging for their children and hopefully, for themselves,” Beverly James, Executive Director of the Greenville County Library System, said.

The children’s area features comfortable seating for caregivers, as well as outlets to charge electronic devices. A play porch, which is only accessible through the children’s area, will add tables and bench seating. It will also have oversized foam blocks in a variety of shapes, so children can build and play in a safe area. Inside, a story room, a family restroom and a nursing room help meet the needs of families and make the branch accessible for them. Children will also have access to an activity table with Legos, a light table and more. Teens will have their own dedicated space as well.

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James said the Five Forks area has been underserved when it comes to library services, even though a Woodruff Road branch has been in the planning stages for years.

“This area was identified as the most densely populated area of the county and it had the highest rate of projected growth,” she said. “Over half of the households in the Five Forks area were already library card holders. They were having to travel further to get to a library.”

The location has the potential to serve the community in a variety of ways, filling a void for the town-sized area. Reservable meeting spaces can accommodate a range of activities and group sizes with two rooms that can be combined, each with the capacity for 100 people, and equipped with multi-media capabilities and hearing loop technology for those with hearing aids. A collaboration space with water access will be available for activities such as gardening workshops and crafts.

The location will feature two drive-up windows, so patrons can return books and other materials or pick up items that were placed on hold, without ever leaving the car.

James said the library system lucked into finding the property in the sought-after area.

“It was just meant to be,” she said. “We think it is going to be a very popular facility and well used.”

What you should know

  • The new Five Forks branch library also features a quiet room for reading and studying, a laptop lending kiosk donated by the Friends of the Library with 12 computers for use in the library and a public technology area including desktop computers and scanning equipment.
  • The grand opening of the branch is 2 – 6 p.m. March 25.
  • The library is located at 104 Sunnydale Drive, Simpsonville.
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Grand opening

Opening day activities Sunday will kick off at 1:45 p.m. with a first flag raising by Boy Scout troop No. 420, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. The branch will be operational to the public between 2 – 6 p.m.

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