On Saturday, the Chinn Park Regional Library celebrated 25 years of serving the community.
According to a release, the 25,000 square foot library opened up back in 1991, and was a big deal in Prince William.
“It was the first regional library to be built in Prince William County; and even though it was raining, members of the community, several dignitaries and library staff were in attendance. Everyone at the opening, patrons and employees alike, loved the new library with its distinctive architecture and open interior layout,” stated a release.
At the celebration, residents shared their memories of the library, like Elmer Christian – a retiree that lives in Westridge – whose family has been coming to Chinn Library for many years.
“As kids, they liked coming here. As they got older, they came here because of school assignments. I’ve been coming here for better than 20 years. It has everything I need. My wife loves it. She comes to get books all the time. I come to do research and read the paper,” stated Christian in a release.
According to a release, the Chinn Park Regional Library is consistently Prince William’s busiest library location.
“The library offers children’s, young adult and adult material and programs, a quiet study room, two individual study rooms, a community room, 32 public-access computers and MAGIC, the Management and Government Information Center. MAGIC, which is a free service, can help patrons find documents, journals, clipping files from local newspaper articles and a variety of electronic resources,” stated a release.