Libraries are great. They have free Wi-Fi, story time, free DVDs to rent, and you can read until your heart’s content. But all libraries are not created equal. The new Five Forks library branch of the Greenville County Library System just made all the other libraries jealous. Due to COVID-19, the toys and interactive displays are not available. And one family per time is allowed in the outdoor play porch area.
What makes the Five Forks library branch so great
With it’s 28,000 square feet of floor-to-ceiling windows, bright colors and inviting decor, a fenced in play porch for the little kids, a quiet room that is as peaceful as a spa, and a teen room with giant bean bag chairs, this library is incredible.
When you walk into this gorgeous glass-walled and colorful building, make a left and go straight to the massive kids area. Sectioned off by age group in the main space are reading tables, computers with games and headphones, and play tables with toddler games. Attached to the kids space is an entirely other room for story time, complete with enough space for kids to run circles around each other and parents to sit on the side benches and watch.
Off the kids area is also an outdoor play porch with stackable cubes and picnic benches. There is also a family bathroom and a nursing room.
*High-five* Greenville Library system.
See a schedule of events, including story times and other things for kids here.
Next to the kids space is an enclosed teen room which overlooks a field next door and is outfitted with private cubicles and giant bean bag chairs. There is art on the wall by local students and all the latest books that teens care about.
And it says “TEENS” on the door so it’s cool.
The Five Forks Library has a huge meeting space for local groups to rent out plus an enclosed room on the other side of the library that can be used for crafts or homeschool groups (the floor is waterproof because….crafts).
You can bring your coffee and relax in the designated space near the front of the library where drinks other than bottled water are allowed and read or work. If you need a laptop, rent one out with your library card. You can use it throughout the building.
Near the giant windows are plenty of seating to work or read or ponder life. The quiet room has several tables and chairs with ottomans where guests can read quietly away from the rest of the library. It is decorated with really cute wallpaper and relaxing yellow and green colors. It’s my favorite room.
The Return of the Books
Returning books to the library is not usually exciting. It is at the Five Forks Library though. Head inside and immediately to your right is the cool returning-your-books contraption. Place your book in the slot and watch it go up a conveyor belt, be read by a machine, and then onto another conveyor belt where it is dumped into a giant bin of its friends where it will be returned manually to its proper place in the library.
Kids love watching this. Adults love watching it. And it gives you incentive to return books that you should be returning anyway to avoid late fees.
This library was in the works for a long time. The Five Forks community could not wait for it to open. Five Forks used to be the biggest population in Greenville without a library nearby. This library was absolutely worth the wait. It is amazing.
Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday -Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 2 – 6 pm
FIve Forks Library
104 Sunnydale Drive, Simpsonville
Visit their website here.
What’s your favorite thing about the Five Forks Library?