Forsyth County library evacuated, closed Wednesday due to ‘suspicious activity’

Kimberly Bond

(Forsyth County, GA) The Sharon Forks branch of the Forsyth County Public Library was evacuated Wednesday due to what the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) called “suspicious activity.”
The Sharon Forks library branch is closed for the remainder of today, July 19, after being evacuated early this afternoon.Photo byForsyth County Public Library

Early this afternoon, the FCSO reported that their initial investigation was complete and that the library was turned back over to the staff. However, the criminal investigations division is continuing an ongoing investigation. The FCSO was not able to provide any more information at this time due to the active investigation.

Nearby residents reported hearing sirens, alarms, and a helicopter near the Sharon Forks library. However, the FCSO posted a message online reminding residents that they do not have a helicopter and that any helicopters spotted nearby were from news organizations.

“We’re so grateful to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response,” the FCPL shared in a social media message. “Everyone is safe; we evacuated the Sharon Forks Library today out of an abundance of caution.”

“Our top priority is the safety and security of our library patrons and staff,” they added.

Other residents reported seeing an increased police presence at the Post Road Library branch this afternoon also. However, no threats were reported at the Post Road branch, and FCPL confirmed that they were open.

“Our sheriff’s deputies are so thorough and responsive, they are just casting a wide net out of an abundance of caution to keep us all safe,” said FCPL regarding the activity at the Post Road branch.

The Sharon Forks branch will be closed at least through the rest of today, Wednesday, July 19. All other branches (Post Road, Hampton Park, and Cumming) are open for their regular business hours, which is until 9:00 p.m.

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