The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club enjoyed an update on the newly expanded Fernandina Beach Library presented by Nassau County Public Library Assistant Director Janet Loveless and Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library Vice President Dee Torre. Loveless said the recently reopened branch in downtown Fernandina Beach was the culmination of nearly 10 years of planning and fundraising to upgrade the old 8,000 square foot building constructed in 1976. The new facility boasts 16,000 square feet designed to serve 400 patrons a day and house more than 80,000 physical items. While the old building provided meeting space for only 40 people, the new space offers a theater-style meeting room that can accommodate 80. Loveless added that the meeting room will soon be available for the public to use after normal library hours. In addition, the new facility provides specific rooms for children with six state-of-the-art literacy stations, more computer stations with Internet access for the public and a reading room that offers a quiet refuge to enjoy the many books available to readers.

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library Vice President Dee Torre noted that improvements to the facility are not complete, however. Future plans include a room geared to young adults with IPad stations and teen-specific resources to help with college applications and career advancement. Torre said $300,000 in donations is being sought to fund additional electronic equipment and computers as well as much-needed furniture.