March  29,  2012

Claymont breaks ground
for its new public library


Governor Jack Markell hailed the planned new public library in the Darley Green neighborhood of Claymont as a "cornerstone for generations to come."

Speaking before a ceremonial groundbreaking on Mar. 28, the governor said the new facility demonstrates both the state's commitment to providing libraries and the dedication and persistence of those who have pushed a renaissance of the community.

County Executive Paul Clark referred to it as a "dream come true."

County Councilman John Cartier said the planned 17,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility continues a tradition which goes back to the establishment in 1925 by the Women's Club of Claymont of a local lending library in a former two-room schoolhouse on Philadelphia Pike. That building, known as the Claymont Stone School, still stands and is being used as a museum and meeting place.

The new library, which is scheduled to open in mid-2013, will be located on a semi-circular plot of land off Darley Road. The seven-acre site was donated by Commonwealth Group, the firm developing Darley Green. The library will be a branch of the county library network, replacing the one now housed in the Claymont Community Center.



Governor Jack Markell speaking before the groundbreaking ceremony. Observing are state Senator Harris McDowell and County Executive Paul Clark.

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