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JAMES E. CASTO / For The State Journal: Cabell County’s new Cox Landing Library will be dedicated Aug. 16. JAMES E. CASTO / For The State Journal: Cabell County’s new Cox Landing Library will be dedicated Aug. 16.
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By JAMES E. CASTO

For The State Journal

The Cabell County Public Library will dedicate its newest branch library in ceremonies set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.

Library Director Judy Rule said the new $1.5 million Cox Landing Library has been built as part of the library system's effort to extend its service into some of the county's more isolated neighborhoods. The new library is located near Lesage, just off W.Va. 2 at 6365 Cox Landing Road, about 10 miles up the Ohio River from downtown Huntington.

She noted that in 2009 the library built a new branch at Salt Rock in eastern Cabell County, another isolated corner of the county.

The new 5,500-square foot library is located across the road from Cox Landing Elementary School and next door to the new $7 million Cabell County Schools Transportation Complex, built to house and maintain the county's fleet of school buses.

Designed by Edward Tucker Architects of Huntington and built by MIRC Construction Services of Hurricane, the one-story structure features a spacious main library and reading area as well as a community meeting room, a computer station and an outdoor reading/garden area.

In addition to the new branch libraries in Lesage and Salt Rock, the county's public library system includes the main library in downtown Huntington and other branch libraries in Milton, Barboursville, Gallagher Village, Guyandotte and West Huntington.

The library operated a branch at the former Cox Landing Middle School until the school closed in the 1990s. The library then moved into cramped quarters at Cox Landing Elementary.

Land for the new library was donated by the Cabell County Board of Education.

Rule said she is especially pleased that the new library includes a meeting room that will be open to the public.

“Libraries are not just books, they are community centers and we hope this new library will provide a community center for the area,” she said.

The library staff at the new branch will include two full-time employees and a part-time employee, she said.