Andrew Carnegie once said, “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the free public library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” 

Indeed, the public library is a community treasure for people of all ages and incomes. 

And even in a digital age, the Oconee County Library is valued so much that it will be an anchor to a new mixed-use development in the heart of Watkinsville. 

Ponder and Ponder architects Rob and Carmen Ponder told the Oconee Board of Commissioners and Watkinsville City Council last week that construction on the new library at Wire Park is expected to start in January and should wrap up 10 months later. 

For more on this story, see the July 21 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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