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Thursday, August 18, 2022

City of Ocala seeking community’s input to name new library

The Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place is currently scheduled to open this fall, and the City of Ocala is seeking the community’s help in naming the new public library that will be located within the community center.

On Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m., Marion County residents are invited to stop by the MLK First Responder Campus Community Room (615 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue) to offer their input on the new library’s name.

The library is a joint effort between the City of Ocala and the Marion County Public Library.

The 41,750 square-foot, two-story community center is located at 1812 NW 21st Avenue in Ocala, and it will serve as a community hub for northwest Marion County. In addition to the library, it will offer banquet space, fitness equipment, an indoor walking track, two basketball courts, and several multipurpose rooms.

The community center, which is named after former Ocala City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich, is being built on the site of the former Royal Oak Charcoal Plant that was demolished in 2018.