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Public invited to new library groundbreaking Tuesday

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(Marietta, GA - April 6, 2016) Cobb County will host an official groundbreaking 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, for the new East Marietta Library and Cultural Center.

The ceremony marking the start of the planned 28,000 square-foot building will be held at 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The $10.6 million project is being funded through the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and the Georgia Board of Regents. A total of $8.6 million will come from the SPLOST program.

Cobb County Library Director Helen Poyer said the new facility will feature traditional library services and creative space for all ages.

“East Marietta will be transformed into a ‘Knowledge Library’ for discovery and 21st century skills development,” she said. “This will be a unique facility – a destination – for all of Cobb County.”

While the existing East Cobb Library is the seventh busiest in the county with about 55,000 patron visits annually, the building itself is considered outdated, having been built in 1967. The older building will remain open while the new library is constructed.

The new facility will include classrooms, an art gallery, black box theatre, outdoor amphitheater and music practice rooms. It is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.

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For more information:

Helen Poyer

770-528-2324