New and renovated library openings around the state

Bond Act Library Openings

Several new or renovated California libraries that were funded by the 2000 Library Bond Act opened over the spring and summer of 2006. Below are snapshots of these elegant architectural accomplishments.

For additional information about these libraries and other 2000 Library Bond Act-funded libraries, please visit the Office of Library Construction website.

Pickleweed Park Community Center and Library, a branch of the San Rafael Public Library

Pickleweed Park Community Center and Library, a branch of the San Rafael Public Library, was officially opened on Saturday, July 15, 2006. The library, which is located in a densely populated, multi-cultural, and low-income part of the canal area in San Rafael, was the first Bond Act funded library to open in northern California (and more are coming).

For complete details about the Pickleweed Park Community Center and Library construction project please visit their page on the OLC website.

Haskett Branch Library

Haskett Branch Library, a branch of the Anaheim Public Library, which opened on Saturday, May 20, 2006, is named after the city's first children's librarian, Elva L. Haskett. Set in a neighborhood park in West Anaheim, the library features a shaded reading garden, a study space for middle schoolers, special areas designed especially for adults, children and families, teens and “t’weens” and much, much more.

For complete details about the Haskett Branch Library construction project please visit their page on the OLC website.

Victoria Gardens Library

Victoria Gardens Library, a branch of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, opened on Friday, August 18.  This branch is part of the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center that also features a Children's Theater and Events Center and is a place to bring imagination, ideas, and people together.

For complete details about the Victoria Gardens Library construction project please visit their page on the OLC website.

San Mateo Main Library

San Mateo Main Library, a three floor 90,000 square foot building featuring both extraordinary social and studious spaces, opened Sunday, August 27.  State Librarian Susan Hildreth attended the grand opening and was “thrilled” to see throngs of eager customers waiting to get their first glimpse of their community’s new multi-purpose facility. Once inside, customers were greeted by sleek, flat-screen computer monitors dotting open, airy areas between stacks of books, a cafe next to a teen lounge with brightly colored, diner-style booths and a media center.  

San Mateo Main Library, which has wireless Internet service, 100 public computers and an automated check-in system that sorts books electronically, is located near 300 biotech companies and boasts a Biotech Library and Learning Center.  The new library was also designed to have a minimal impact on the environment. 

For complete details about the San Mateo Main Library construction project, please visit their page on the OLC website.

Locally funded library openings

Some California libraries have resourcefully raised funds for constructing or renovating library facilities in their communities. If you know of a library construction or renovation project in your area, please email CSL Connection Editor Sarah Dalton and we will include a profile of that library in an upcoming issue of CSL Connection.

Mission Bay Branch Library

July 8th, 2006 was a great day in San Francisco! The Mission Bay Branch Library, the first new branch in the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) system in 40 years, opened its doors to the public. Attending the sunny opening day festivities were San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, State Librarian Susan Hildreth, and City Librarian Luis Herrera.

A unique partnership between SFPL and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency created the opportunity for this 7,500 square-foot branch to be co-located on the first floor of a senior housing complex. The city’s Branch Library Improvement Program funded the branch’s construction; and funds for furnishings and equipment were the result of a neighborhood capital campaign that the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library spearheaded. The Mission Bay Branch’s diverse collection of 34,000 books, CD’s and DVD’s will provide great service to this newly developing neighborhood.

Thousand Oaks Library’s Children’s Library

The Thousand Oaks Library held the grand opening for its expanded Children’s Library on Saturday, June 24, 2006. The carnival-like community event drew approximately 5,000 people and featured outdoor booths, family activities, author signings, and demonstrations of local police equipment. Six local children helped the mayor of Thousand Oaks in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Thousand Oaks Library’s stunning new $14 million Children’s Library, which the entire library staff helped plan, was funded entirely by the City of Thousand Oaks. The 22,000 square foot facility includes 130,000 books housed on shelving units with brightly colored end panels and canopy tops. It has 15 computers, quiet study areas, a vibrant program room, a Children’s Garden, an outdoor courtyard and a 30-foot high coast wall depicting the California coastline in deep blue glass and rich brown wood. The facility also boasts a 3,600-gallon saltwater aquarium that cost over $100,000 and was funded by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Thousand Oaks Library Director Steve Brogden says the city, which has a long history of supporting community children and youth activities, began planning the Children’s Library expansion in 2000. The city of Thousand Oaks financed the Children’s Library and in return, the community is using the expanded Children’s Library in droves. Brogden says:

“I am so proud of the city for building this Children’s Library. It is a community showplace. People are even bringing their out-of-town guests to show off their library!”

 

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