Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County invite the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Leonardtown Library and Garvey Senior Activity Center onTuesday, May 15, at 9 a.m.

The ceremony will kick off construction of the long planned replacement for the Leonardtown Library and Garvey Senior Activity Center. The combined $19.9 million,45,507 Square Footfacility will include additional public library space, reader/computer seating, computer training room and quiet rooms for library patrons. Those using the new Garvey Senior Activity Center will enjoy upgraded strength training, increased space for aerobic exercise-type activities, an enlarged dining area and pickle ball courts.

“The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are extremely pleased to get this long-awaited project off the ground,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We are appreciative of the continued efforts of Garvey Senior Activity Center Council, Inc. and Friends of the Library. Without them we would not have arrived at the point of breaking ground on this new facility.”

Those wishing to attend are asked to park near the Potomac Building, located at 23115 Leonard Hall Drive at the Governmental Center in Leonardtown. Shuttle service will be available to the build site off Leonard’s Grant Parkway. Shuttles will be available from8 – 9 a.m.with return service available between10:30 and 11:30 a.m.Parking will not be available at the build site.

“The new Leonardtown Library will be spacious, light, and beautiful,” said Michael Blackwell, Director of St. Mary’s County Library. “We look forward to celebrating the groundbreaking of this great enhancement to library service in our county.”

“The new Garvey Senior Activity Center will be a place to enjoy many kinds of activities, including exercise classes, crafts, painting, and pickleball,” said Lori Jennings-Harris, Director of the Department of Aging & Human Services. “We will also have a state of the art kitchen facility and room to accommodate at least 100 guests in the dining area. We are excited about the groundbreaking, of the things to come and collaboration with the library!”