Burke Centre Library: Color me green

Two reasons: First, the newly opened library on 5935 Freds Oak Road is the second in the county built according to LEED standards, a national rating system sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Second, the new Burke Centre Library, which opened last Saturday, is the first in the county offer a DRIVEUP WINDOW. That’s right, step right up drivers, and return your books/DVDs, pay your fines, and pickup your items on hold — all without leaving the comfort of your car.  

The 16,720-square foot building houses a 75,000-item collection, 24 computer work stations, a flexible meeting room to accommodate two groups of 35 at a time or one larger group, an eight-seat conference room, nine-seat quiet study room and a group study room. 

The kids’ area faces a bank of windows and offers books piled in bins — easy pickin’s for little hands. Best of all: new children’s books and shelves of children’s DVDs.

Check out my Flickr photos of the opening, including a performance by the Virginia Bronze, a handbell ensemble.

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