Waccamaw Library construction continues as auditorium gets a name

The large public meeting room at the new Waccamaw Neck Branch Library has been given a name.

It will be known as the DeBordieu Auditorium in recognition of residents’ contributions of more than $50,000 toward the facility. The name for the auditorium was approved by the Georgetown County Library Trustees during their May meeting.

Jean Cross, co-chair of the library fundraising committee and also a resident of DeBordieu, approached her neighbors last year with the idea of acquiring the naming rights to the 175-capacity meeting room. A number of people stepped forward to help with the campaign and by early 2014 total donations had exceeded the $50,000 goal.

“We are grateful to the residents of DeBordieu for their generous gifts,” Cross said in a news release. “They are to be commended for being willing to donate time and money to this and other worthy projects in Georgetown County.”

The DeBordieu Auditorium is now the second named room in the new library. Just before Christmas 2013, the Pawleys Pediatric and Adult Medicine practice made a donation to enable the building of the new Children’s Room and Story-Time Room.

The new Waccamaw Neck Branch Library has been 12 years in the planning and fundraising stages. Coastal Structures began work on the new facility in February. Despite the cold and rain, the basic site preparation has been completed and above-ground work is under way. Barring weather delays, the new library is scheduled to open by the end of 2014.

The planned library and community center is a 17,300 square-foot showcase complete with two small meeting rooms in addition to the DeBordieu Auditorium, exhibit areas, study and reading areas, a Heritage Center, a Technology Center, a mini-Business Center, and special spaces for adults, teens and children.

“The population growth on the Waccamaw Neck has made this space crucial,” Library Director Dwight McInvaill said in the release. “Residents need access to resources and technology, and spaces to meet, study and plan. And the DeBordieu Auditorium will give us a wonderful venue for public gatherings and performances. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the DeBordieu community.”

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