Fruitland Park to break ground on new, larger city library

The city of Fruitland Park is turning a page on its history.

The city will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new library from noon-1pm Thursday, March 8, at the corner of West Berckman Street and Rose Avenue.

Refreshments will be served shortly after the ceremony in the commission chambers at Fruitland Park City Hall, 506 W. Berckman St., according to a news release.

The new Fruitland Park Library will cover 12,000 square feet, almost double the size of the current library, which has served the city and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The new building will include three community rooms for public programming and events, a study room for tutoring, and quiet areas for reading. Other additions will include the new Gardenia Café, serving a delicious assortment of foods and drinks, and an upgraded bookstore, the release states.

Rendering of new Fruitland Park Library.

Once the new library is built, the current library, at 205 W. Berckman St., will be converted into a city recreation center, a Lake County Library System release states. For more information, contact library director Jo-Ann Glendinning at 352.360.6561 or