Written by Prince William County Government
Judging by the crowd, the applause, the cheers and the rush to the door once the ribbon cutting was done, people were excited about the opening of the new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library.
Desiree Garcia said she’s going to be a regular at the library, which is located on Lightner Road in Gainesville. “I have three young children who are big readers,” Garcia said. “This is major for us. I know we’re going to be here three or four times a week. It’s going to be a really important place for us.”
Garcia and about 250 others showed up for the recent ribbon cutting ceremony at the library where members of the Battlefield High School JROTC presented the colors and students from the Mountain View Elementary School Choir sang the “National Anthem.”
Prince William Board of County Supervisor’s Chairman Corey Stewart said opening the library was a long time coming and took a lot of work. “At a time when most localities across the United States are closing libraries, Prince William County is building two new large community libraries,” Stewart said. “Some would say, ‘What’s the need for a library in the age of the Internet? You can go to your laptop computer and you can pull up all the information you could possibility want.’ These libraries are much more than that. While Google can give you 10,000 answers, only a librarian can give you the right one.”