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New and renovated library openings around the state

Bond Act Library Openings
 

Orange Public Library and History Center

Nora Jacob (Library Director) and Carolyn V. Cavecche (Mayor of Orange) received a State Assembly Resolution honoring the library's opening from Assembly Member Mike D. Divall (72nd Assembly District) and Assembly Member Todd Spitzer (71st Assembly District).
[Photo courtesy of Orange Public Library]

 

The newly expanded Orange Public Library and History Center was opened on Saturday, April 21, 2007 and there were over 4,000 visitors on that day.  The 45,000 square foot facility offers new and expanded services that include: a homework center jointly developed with the Orange Unified School District; small group study rooms; a lovely Children's Garden and a separate Children's Story time Room; a special Teen Zone and a teen librarian; 100 public-use computers throughout the two story building; public access to more than a century of Orange's heritage in a new History Center and adjacent reading room; and much, much more.

For complete details about the Orange Public Library and History Center construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.


Orange Public Library staff issued new library cards side by side with the 
U.S. Postal Service employees who sold commemorative items 
developed for the grand re-opening of the Orange Public Library.
[Photo courtesy of Orange Public Library]


South Oxnard Branch Library

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Ribbon cutting event for the new South Oxnard Branch Library.  From left to right: John C. Zaragoza (Councilmember), Dean Maulhardt (Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem), Barbara Murray (Oxnard Public Library Director), Edmund F. Sotelo (Oxnard City Manager), Karen Burnham (Oxnard Assistant City Manager), Susan Hildreth (State Librarian of California).
[Photo courtesy of Oxnard Public Library]
 

Thursday, April 19, 2007, was a special day for the residents of South Oxnard who had been waiting for their brand new library to open.  The new  23,000 square foot library, located in an educationally and economically disadvantaged area, will serve as a teaching and learning center that will meet the education needs and improve the functional literacy skills of the South Oxnard Community.  There are 18 schools in the area with many of them being within walking distance of the new library.  

For complete details about the South Oxnard Branch Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.


Aerial view of South Oxnard residents seeing their new library 
for the first time on opening day.
[Photo courtesy of Oxnard Public Library]


 Camarillo Public Library

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The Spanish-style courtyard at the Camarillo Public Library entrance was filled to capacity on opening day.
[Photo courtesy of Camarillo Public Library]

 

The new Camarillo Public Library opened on Saturday, March 31, 2007, much to the delight of the local residents. The new 65,621 square foot building, is about four times larger than its predecessor, and includes lots of open space, comfortable chairs and quiet areas, group study rooms on both floors, an adult literacy center, homework center for students, community room with seating for 200, conference room, family learning center, computer training center, a Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore and a cafe.  Other special touches include beautiful painted tiles with intricate designs located throughout the building, a new Young Adult area with a reading area and an ornate ceiling mural, a children's area on the first floor which has a sunken pirate ship that will be used for story time programs.

For complete details about the Camarillo Public Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.


Camarillo Public Library ribbon cutting ceremony. From left to right: Mike Craven (Vice Mayor's husband), Brian Miller (District Chief of Staff for Congressman Elton Gallegly), Mike Morgan (Camarillo City Council member), Charlotte Craven (Vice Mayor of Camarillo), Jan McDonald (Mayor of Camarillo), Don Waunch (Camarillo City Council member), Bessie Condos (California State Library), Starrett Kreissman (former Ventura County Library Director), Kathy Long (Ventura County Supervisor), Jennifer Rossi (field representative for State Assembly member Audra Strickland).
[Photo courtesy of City of Camarillo]


Murrieta Public Library

Murrieta Public Library opening day crowds enjoying their new library.
[Photo courtesy of Murrieta Public Library]
 

On Saturday, March 17, 2007, the new Murrieta Public Library was opened. The 24, 951 square foot library is 6 times the size of its predecessor and includes 3 group study rooms, quiet reading areas, a community meeting room, an area for families to share books with pre-school children, space for the Friends of the Library, 42 public access computers and an indoor and outdoor fireplace. 

For complete details about the Murrieta Public Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.

  


Ribbon cutting event for the new Murrieta Public Library.  
Front Row: Bessie Condos (California State Library, Warnie Enochs (Councilman), Carol Kravagna (community volunteer), Doug McAllister (Mayor), Loretta McKinney (Library Director), Kelly Bennett (Councilmember), Teri Ferro (Deputy City Manager), Ronald E. Bradley (Interim City Manager).  Second Row: Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, Gary Thomasian (Councilman), Rick Gibbs (Mayor Pro Tem).
[Photo courtesy of Murrieta Public Library]


Redding Main Library


Anxious community residents at the Redding Main Library rushing in to see all the changes in their new library.
[Photo courtesy of Redding Main Library]


Redding Main Library human chain
[Photo courtesy of Redding Main Library]

Saturday, March 3, 2007, was a special day in the city of Redding whose residents have been anxiously waiting for the opening of their brand new library.  The new 55,000 square foot building includes 72 public computers, a computer training lab, a Family Literacy Center, a Teen Center, an area dedicated for children and families so they can enjoy sharing books together, expanded collections of materials, additional seating, and much, much more. 

For complete details about the Redding Main Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.


Locally funded library openings

Some California libraries have locally raised all 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.

 

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