CAMP VERDE - Four-year-old Edge Bryant of Camp Verde summed it up best when he told his mother Molli "this is pretty cool."
Close to 50 Camp Verde area residents reacted with the same childlike excitement as young Edge on Thursday, as they applauded - both literally and figuratively - the demolition of the old Camp Verde Marshal's Office.
The building, located next to the Camp Verde Community Library, was torn down to make room for the Town's new library. Construction on the new library is expected to start soon and to be completed sometime in 2014.
Though Molli was just as thrilled as her son, her words revealed more of the community's aspirations, both short and long term.
"The library is such an integral part of the community," said Molli, who also works at the library. "Camp Verde needs this [new library]. It's going to be beautiful when it's done."
Darrell White, vice principal at American Heritage Academy's Camp Verde campus, brought his newly elected student council to the demolition/groundbreaking celebration. White told his students that their first order of business as student council members was to attend the demolition as representatives of the school.
Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German addressed the crowd, thanking each of them for their attendance and their show of support.
"It's amazing what Camp Verde historically has stood for and continues to stand for," German said. "Today we see the labor of many come to fruition."
Library Director Kathy Hellman said she felt honored to be a part of this project. Hellman also thanked everyone involved in the process.
"All of these people working together have made this happen," Hellman said. "And I appreciate it so much."
Town council member Bruce George was beside himself with excitement - and pride.
"One of the reasons I got on the Council was to see us get a new library," he said.