The proposed Waldorf Branch library took one more step toward become a reality after the Charles County Commissioners approved building of the facility. The location of the library was originally slated to be built on the same campus as the new North Point High School. The project is currently in the negotiation/feasibility phase on a site in Waldorf. 
“Our growing population necessitates the expansion of this branch of the Charles County Library,” said County Commissioner President Wayne Cooper.  “Once completed, this branch will serve a variety of
community needs.”

The new library will be approximately 30,000 to 40,000 square feet that will include space primarily for the public library branch.  The library will also provide facilities for performing arts, meeting rooms, and a
television production studio through a franchise agreement with Comcast Cablevision of Maryland, Inc. 

“The proposed Waldorf Branch library will be called a Community Literacy Center,” stated Emily Ferren, Charles County Public Library Director.  “It will be dedicated to programs and services that provide children, parents, and other adults with the knowledge, skills, resources, experiences, and environment needed to allow them to fully participate in the emerging digital world of the early 21st century.”

The Department of Planning and Growth Management will be responsible for managing this project through its feasibility, design, and construction phases.  Preliminary cost estimates to complete this project total between $8 million and $10 million.

Design of the new library is scheduled to begin by the fall of this year, while construction is anticipated to start in late 2009. 

“We look forward to the completion of our fourth public library facility to serve the growing and diverse population of Charles County,” Ferren said.