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Officials to break ground Sunday for IL library

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – Book lovers in Indian Land will feel the earth move on Sunday.

Well, maybe they won't feel it move from the ceremonial shovels of dirt, but they'll see it move, during the groundbreaking for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

The ceremony, which should last about 20 minutes, begins at 3 p.m. at the site, on U.S. 521 across from Jim Wilson Road. It will be followed by cookies and coffee.

Guests may park on the site for the event. Members of Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Library Board of Trustees will be present. County Council Chairman Rudy Carter, Indian Land Elementary School Principal David McDonald and lifelong Indian Land resident Trish Douglas will speak during the ceremony.

Douglas, a retired teacher, said she's excited about the library because it will open new doors for the children who live in the community by giving them access to not only books, but also computers and other learning materials.

"When I was young, we didn't even have a library," Douglas said. "We had to go to downtown Lancaster or downtown Fort Mill to go to one. I was excited when the bookmobile came through."

Douglas said while many in Indian Land might complain about a new Lowe's or Wal-Mart being built there, "no one would say that about a library.

"It's hard for me to imagine anyone not being excited about it," she said. "Hopefully, this will be something we can be proud of. It's a long, long time coming."

The new library, to be built as an anchor to the Carolina Commons shopping center, is scheduled for completion in a year.

Carolina Commons will also be home to a Harris Teeter grocery store, CVS Pharmacy, Wendy's, Starbucks and a medical office building, said Lancaster County Planning Director Chris Karres.

The construction and furnishing cost of the library is about $2.2 million.

Del Webb, developers of Sun City Carolina Lakes, contributed 2 acres of land and $1.5 million toward construction of the library.

Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said he's looking forward to actually seeing dirt move at the site, although the contractor has already begun clearing trees and grading.

Band feels some of the cynicism that has developed in Indian Land for the long-awaited project will be alleviated once work begins on the site.

Once the building starts to go up, Band said he hopes more Indian Land residents and others interested in donating to the library will reach into their pockets to give more donations. The project has enough money to construct the building, but needs another $300,000 or so to furnish it.

Band knows there is a lot of interest in a library for Indian Land. He said a Sun City Carolina Lakes resident recently called and asked where the nearest library was.

"I said, 'Well, we're working on it,'" Band said, with a laugh.

For details about Sunday's groundbreaking ceremony, call 285-1502.

Contact Jenny Hartley

at 283-1151 or

jhartley@thelancasternews.com