New renovations for Etrrick-Matoaca library are expected to take place in the next calendar year. Proposals are to expand study spaces by adding new tables, add a separate computer area and a larger meeting room. This should allow for more quiet spaces like other newer libraries in the county. This addition has controversy due to the property’s location.
The Ettrick-Matoaca Library is housed on property owned by local Virginia State University’s Agricultural Program. Just at the back and sides of the library are a farm and an agricultural building for classes. This causes no problems for children visiting the library who also get a peek at the nearby animals. However it’s possible that expansions could cause a need for additional property to be taken from the farm.
According to library personnel, renovations aren’t expected to expand pass the current space provided for the library and it’s parking lot. It proposes additions the the building only.
Speculations were that Marleen Durfee, who is up for re-election in November, was not an original proponent of this plan However, she held a open meeting in September for citizens to state their views on the matter. It seems that plans have been approved for the renovation. The tentative date has not been decided.