New Castle County government will open the 40,000-square-foot library at the intersection of Del. 9 and Lambson Lane on Sept. 12.
It comes after yeas of promises from government officials that the center can spark the revitalization not only of the corridor but also the lives of the 16,000 living in the 3-mile stretch between Wilmington and New Castle — where property values lag behind other parts of the county.
The Route 9 Library & Innovation Center is unique from other large county centers. It’s a building where actual books will take second stage to banks of dozens of computers, a full-service kitchen and cafe, a theater and specialized rooms tailored to the elderly, those on the autism spectrum and children
Jessica Gibson, an advisor to Meyer in charge of coordinating programming for the new library, said county government is working with new nonprofits to expand upon offerings at other libraries.
For example, the county found there is a high rate of single parents in the area and has partnered with a Wilmington firm to offer parenting sessions as well as programs to help with residents’ interaction with the court system. Another group is planning to provide assistance with juvenile criminal expungements, Gibson said.
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