Lancaster County Library Board Chairman Karen Paulson talks about the interior of the Del Webb Library at Indian Land like it's her own home.
And in many ways, the new library, under construction on Hwy. 521 near Sun City Carolina Lakes, is intended to be a home away from home for all county residents.
Carpet, wall colors and cabinets are all details that Paulson, along with lifelong resident Trish Douglas, have painstakingly picked out for the building Paulson calls "Indian Land's Living Room."
They chose colors commonly found outdoors, mimicking the hues of grass and red clay. The entryway floor will be made of cork, and the main carpet in the library has a subtle leaf print.
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"We are losing so much green in Indian Land that we really wanted the library to be organic," Paulson said. "The colors are sort of like bringing back some of the forest we're cutting down."
The next step, Paulson said, is choosing furniture. She hopes to stay in the Carolinas for those purchases, making sure as much local merchandise as possible is used for the facility.
Construction on the library is expected to be complete in November.
Donations for the library project continue to trickle in, but more money is needed.
In total, $381,000 has been received in donations from companies, grants and individuals, but $400,000 more is needed to completely furnish the library.
Recently, the Lancaster County Partners for Youth donated $20,000 to the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, to be used for creating study rooms.
It's time to form a "Friends of the Indian Land Library" group, Paulson said. The group would raise money to support library programs and special projects.
And while people are thinking about fundraising and preparing for the opening of the Indian Land library, Paulson cautions them not to forget about the main library in Lancaster, which is in need of renovations. The project, along with a new county courthouse, could become part of the capital needs bond referendum the Lancaster County Council is considering.
"The Indian Land library is just going to be an arm of the main branch. It's wholly dependent on the main branch. It doesn't all end when our doors open. The health of the Indian Land branch is very dependent on the health of the main branch," Paulson said.