Despite early objections from Mayor Jere Wood that the name would be “too divisive,” the library will be named after east Roswell, the section of the city the building will be in.
“We had overwhelming responses from your article in the form of emails. Obviously people feel very passionate about the new library and are eager to see it started,” said Lynn McIntyre, a member of the library’s naming committee. “They have accepted and are in fact enthusiastically in support of the name of East Roswell Library.”
Wood had said he would not support that name because he thought it bolstered a separatist attitude in residents on both sides of Ga. 400.
Last week, after the Fulton County Library Board settled on East Roswell as the library’s official moniker, the mayor sounded resigned to the name.
“That’s the will of the people, and I approve and support it,” Wood said. “I’m okay with the library board’s decision.”
North Fulton resident Stephanie Moody, who chairs the board, said she believed the community “had become accustomed to the sign on the land announcing the new East Roswell Library and expected that name. After all, the sign has been there for years.”
People in Support of the East Roswell Library, the group that actively campaigned for the new facility, really liked that name, Moody said, as did many in east Roswell.
“The name East Roswell fulfilled the mandate of suggesting the library’s location, although clearly the library will be easy to find for area residents on such a major thoroughfare as Holcomb Bridge Road,” she said.
PEARLS began the process of getting a second library in Roswell in 2004 and voters approved a referendum funding the construction in 2008.
“In my opinion, the residents just want this library completed and open. As do I,” Moody said. “I do hope the county fast-forwards the process, but they’ve got to want it done and they’ve got to facilitate it or delays will continue to happen.
“If the Falcons stadium opens first, I for one will be greatly dismayed.”