A Space for the Next Generation - Friends of Lexington Main Library

May 18, 2016 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Liberty Friends

The Greater Lexington Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lexington Main Library, dedicating the renovated Youth Services Technology area in honor of Guerry K. Taylor and his years of service.

Taylor spent years serving on the Lexington County Public Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Lexington Main Library Executive Board. After his passing in 2005, Taylor’s wife Dale, suggested that those who wished to honor him donate to Friends of Lexington Main Library. Taylor’s legacy of service continues with his son, Brant, who has served 11 years on the Board of Trustees. And Taylor’s love of reading transcends generations as his grandchildren visit the library often.

“We’re so excited about the renovated Youth Services Technology area at Lexington Main. Our vision was to create a collaborative community space for children, teens and families,” said Marlena White, Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money and awareness for the Lexington Main Library.” Renovations include installations of early learning literacy stations with bilingual access, new carpeting, furniture, and rearranged collections.”

The Friends saw increased attendance at the Lexington Main Library and realized the computers in the Youth Area were no longer adequate. Using the generous gifts from Taylor’s friends and family, the Friends envisioned creating a larger, more family friendly space. With guidance from the Youth Services staff and expertise from Rowin Partners and Chris Metz Interiors a plan was formed. Now it was time to find more money. In 2006, the Friends hosted the inaugural Lexington’s Father/Daughter Dance as an annual fundraiser. That success has allowed the Friends to raise the necessary funds. More than 1,150 dads and daughters danced the night away at the 2016 dance in February.

“Many people helped make this project possible and my heartfelt thanks go out to all of them,” White said. “The Friends would specifically like to thank Dale Taylor Timbes, Brant and Scott Taylor and all their family members, the Lexington County Public Library Board of Trustees, Frank and Bobbie Sox, the Director of the Lexington County Public Library System Kelly Poole, the Senior Branch Librarian of the Lexington Main Library Mark Mancuso, the Friends President during the majority of this project Rosemary Wilson, the staff of the Youth Services Department and all the Friends Members who believed in this project.”