Friday, February 20, 2015

TOP STORY >> LRAFB Library first to open at new location

By Senior Airman Regina Edwards
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Final preparations are underway for the reopening of the Little Rock Air Force Base Library at its new location, the Walters Community Support Center. 

The library opening announcement will be shared via its Facebook page, Opening information will also be shared via the base Facebook page, The library staff anticipates the facility opening in the next week.

The Library is the first section of the new center to open and has twice the space and opportunities available for Airmen and their families.

Named after deceased Col. Kenneth Walters, former 19th Mission Support Group deputy commander, the center will consolidate the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, the Thomas Community and Activities Center, a coffee lounge and the library.

“We are excited to reopen,” said Bethry Becker, the library’s manager. “We, along with the 19th Contracting Squadron, the 19th Force Support Squadron and other supporters, have been working really hard, and I am very happy with how it came together.” 

The library is not only new but improved. The space has doubled, which is convenient since there are three study rooms, a children’s and a young adults’ room, all equipped with doors and soundproof windows.

The young adults’ room comes with a TV and gaming system, as well as a sitting booth where friends can go to hang out.

Along with the hundreds of books available, the library offers electronic books, games, movies and TV series to rent for free.

“The library team wants Airmen and their families to be able to come here and enjoy their experience,” said Becker. “I am expecting at least a 25 percent visibility increase with the library since we’ve moved here. This building will be a one-stop shop, and I am glad we all came together.”

Once the library is open, its hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Even when the library is closed, there will be free Wi-Fi and comfortable sitting stations in the building.

The library will lead the way, reopening months ahead of the other facilities. There will be a large dedication in April, where Team Little Rock members will walk through and view the services offered in the new building.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Walters Community Support Center is slated for April 3, and the Walters’ family will be present.

For more information on the library, call (501) 987-6817 or visit their Facebook page: Little Rock Air Force Base Library.

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