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Dec 23

Arlene Foster and Godfrey Williams, Library Champions

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 3:44 PM by Jenny Levins

The Iredell County Public Library celebrated both National Library Week and our 5th anniversary last week. The Iredell County Public Library opened at its new location on N. Tradd Street on April 11, 2005.  A couple of supporters in particular stand out as being modern day champions of library service in Iredell County. One was a concerned citizen and the other a member of county government. Arlene Foster, as a library patron, saw for herself the inadequacies and lack of space in the old library building on Water Street. She championed the idea to build a new library. She initiated a petition, spoke before the county commissioners, and led fund raising efforts. She focused patron dissatisfaction with the old library in a positive direction and turned it into a new building project. The new building was received with great excitement and enthusiasm by the public, with 392,570 visitors coming in during the first year it opened. 

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