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      Library breaks ground on new location

      This library will be much larger than the original, and will be an eco friendly building with LED lighting and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

      A Benzie County community came together today to break ground on a brand new library.

      Dozens of people gathered this afternoon at the future location of the new Betsie Valley District Library, on Thompson Avenue in Thompsonville.

      The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation donated all of the money for the new state of the art facility. This library will be much larger than the original, and will be an eco friendly building with LED lighting and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

      Organizers say that in a town of just 25-thousand people, it's a project that will benefit everyone.

      "A library really is the center of a community," says Grant Coordinator, Russel Smith. "We have lots of people who come in, and it's their only source for wireless internet. For people that come in, it's really their only source for reading materials."

      Organizers tell 7&4 News that construction starts this week, and that they expect to open the library by October.