Just before 1 pm Saturday, an impressive crowd waited in the rain for the much anticipated opening of Loudoun County’s tenth library, Brambleton.
“I have worked in several public library systems in my career and nowhere have I felt the overwhelming appreciation and support for the work that public libraries do than here at Brambleton,” said Branch Manager Christine Thompson, who moved from Maryland for the job nearly a year ago.
“This is the greatest library in suburban America,” said Chairman Mark Miller of Loudoun County’s Library Board of Trustees, “until they build the next one.”
The pride is all in the Maker Space, the third in Loudoun County, and the largest — equipped with a robot and four 3D printers.
The pride is also in the deadline — thanks to Brambleton Town Center, the library was completed two years ahead of schedule.
“What the deal allowed us to do was have the developer pay for the cost of the library now and the county has an arrangement to pay the developer back over two years,” said Miller.
“I think there is a very misguided and mistaken impression that with the internet, everything’s available. People don’t need libraries,” said Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway, visiting from Richmond. “If you look around today at this library opening, thousands of people — with their feet — are saying, ‘This place matters to me.'”