New and renovated library openings around the state
Bond Act Library Openings
Orange Public Library and History Center
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.
South Oxnard Branch 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.