Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center Opening December 4th
A full slate of events and activities is scheduled for the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center after doors open to the public for the first time on Monday, December 4 at 10 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sewell Mill center is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. Availability of some services is limited during the month of December. Contact Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center at 770-509-2711 for more information.
Along with regular library events for children and adults, programs scheduled for Sewell Mill include free musical performances, writers group meetings, photography classes, and screenings of classic films. The library’s Sewell Mill events schedule is posted here.
Constructed at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library inside Sewell Park, the Sewell Mill center is a joint use facility of the Cobb County Public Library System and Cobb County PARKS.
“We’re opening with great excitement and tremendous energy,” said Sewell Mill Library Manager James Mitchell, the librarian credited with developing the concept for the facility offering space for people of all ages to develop and practice artistic skills.
Library and PARKS officials are reaching out to organizations – public and independent schools, arts organizations and more – throughout Cobb County as part of a strategy to offer creative space for engaging the community.
“Community participation is vital for making Sewell Mill a destination for all of Cobb County,” Mitchell said. “We are very open to community input on how to shape the programs offered and events staged at Sewell Mill.”
The 28,000-square-foot Sewell Mill facility includes unique children and teen spaces, study rooms, recording studios, a conference room, a digital maker space commons, a community room, an art gallery and art classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater and a black box theater.
“Sewell Mill is decidedly about creative space and collaboration, from individuals concentrating on expressing their artistic skills to crowds enjoying musical and theatrical performances alongside traditional library space,” said Cobb County Library Director Helen Poyer. “This is a major and unique community asset that all of Cobb County will be proud to use and visit.”
A range of programs for Sewell Mill are scheduled for the next several months, including free musical performances, writers group meetings, photography classes, and screenings of classic films, Mitchell said. The library’s Sewell Mill events schedule is posted at www.cobbcat.org.
The location is the site of the East Marietta Library, which was closed in mid-October after 50 years and demolished. The former library site has been cleared and will be turned into the entrance and parking space for the Sewell Mill facility and Sewell Park. Completion of Sewell Mill has occurred alongside improvements to Lower Roswell Road east of South Marietta Parkway.
The design-build contractor for the $10.6 million Sewell Mill project is Batson-Cook Company and CAS Architecture. Funding includes $8.6 million from Cobb County’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and $2 million from the Georgia Board of Regents.
For more information, please call (770) 528-2320.
The new Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center is a joint-use project of the library and Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. The construction project is scheduled for completion in early winter 2018. In addition to traditional library services, the facility will include study/training rooms, a conference room, dedicated children’s and teen spaces, a maker studio, a community room, an art gallery and art classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater, and a black box theater.
The current East Marietta Library is located at 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 30068, east of South Marietta Parkway. Nearby library locations include the Switzer Library in downtown Marietta and the East Cobb Library at Parkaire Shopping Center. Please feel free to visit these and other Cobb County library locations during the construction phase. Online library resources and services are always available 24/7 through our website, www.cobbcat.org.
October 2017 update
August 2017 update
July 2017 update
June 2017 update
An aerial view of the project with the old library building in the background for comparison
More than 100 people attended the Groundbreaking for the East Marietta Library & Cultural Center on April 12.
From left, are Les Still, Chairman of the Cobb County Public Library Board of Trustees; Cobb County Manager David Hankerson, Cobb Public Services Agency Director Dr. Jackie McMorris, Bill Carver, Chairman of the Cobb County Recreation Board; State Representative Sharon Cooper, Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb Library Director Helen Poyer, Cobb PARKS Director Eddie Canon; library patron Emily Neal and Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee.
The Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center in Marietta
- $10.6 million project total
- $8.6 million from the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
- $2 million from the Georgia Board of Regents
- Additional $1 million from Cobb County PARKS to realign connector road to Sewell Park
- The new building will be 28,000 square feet and is a joint use facility with Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.
- Current East Marietta Library is the seventh busiest in the Cobb County Library System with about 55,000 patron visits annually.
- Original building opened in 1967.
The new facility will include classrooms, an art gallery, black box theater, outdoor amphitheater, and music practice rooms.
Design and construction team is CAS Architecture and Batson-Cook Company.