ONDBEAT: Checking out the library scene for southern Brunswick County

As the days for Hickmans Crossroads Library wind down in 2018, branch head Christi Iffergan awaits an overdue notice on what’s coming next.

“You know as much as I do,” Iffergan said about precisely when and how the little country library that could will transition from its current site on Calabash Road near Hickman Road to Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center 2.5 miles eastward on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

Deputy County Manager Steve Stone anticipates the move and what he foresees as minimal renovations will take 60 to 90 days once the deed with BCC is recorded. He said there was a technical glitch with the Memorandum of Understanding between the county and college and the matter was scheduled for county commissioners’ consent agenda this past Tuesday night, Jan. 16.

The current library has just about outgrown itself with all the activities going on there, from free AARP tax preparation and adult coloring to stitching, a writers’ network and chair yoga.

It’s not so much the building that’s an issue but the parking. The library has about 30 spaces to accommodate the crowds compared to the 200 it will have at the new building.

The library also recently took on providing space for more groups and activities that were dislocated by the Dec. 14 fire that destroyed the Brunswick House POA pool and clubhouse building in Brunswick Plantation, including an exercise class, mahjong and a quilting group.

It’s typically been a challenge in Brunswick County to find enough suitable gathering space.

Since its inception in September 2004, Iffergan said the library is reaching a saturation point that should get some relief at the new building, which will gain square footage as well as parking space.

The main open-air room at SBIC will become the main library room. Gathering space is designated for SBIC classrooms, where Stone said BCC will continue to hold evening classes after library hours through mid 2019 as part of the agreement with the county.

The library is likely to undergo a name change, too, since it will no longer be at Hickmans Crossroads. Stone said county staff will make recommendations and choices for the board to think about while commissioners may have ideas of their own.

“It won’t surprise me if ‘South Brunswick’ is somehow in the title, but I don’t know for sure,” Stone said.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.