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New and renovated library openings around the state

Bond Act Library Openings

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library 

Community members wait excitedly for Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library 
opening day.
(Photo courtesy -- Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library)

The newly renovated and expanded Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library in the City of Monterey Park opened on Saturday, September 9, 2006.  The library, located in a dramatically diverse community that has 61.5% Asian and 28.9% Hispanic populations, includes more than 340 user seats, 90 technology stations, collections in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish languages, and expanded areas where children and teens can get homework assistance.

For complete details about the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library construction project, please visit their page on the OLC website. 

Hesperia Branch Library

Opening day crowds at the Hesperia Branch Library.
(Photo courtesy -- Hisperia Branch Library)

Families enjoying the pre-school picture book area at the Hesperia Branch Library.
(Photo courtesy -- Hisperia Branch Library)


Hesperia Branch Library, a branch of the San Bernardino County Library, was officially opened on Saturday, October 14, 2006.  The new 20,000 square foot facility provides more resources and services for children and youth (73% of the residents live in households with children).  The library features a fireside reading area, a community room that supports multi-media events, and a computer center with 20 personal computers where members of the community can receive training.  For complete details about the Hesperia Branch Library construction project, please visit their page on the OLC website.

Castroville Library


The new library is located in a new 2-acre California Mission-Style Plaza
n Castroville.
(Photo courtesy -- Monterey County Library)

California State Library, Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building facade.

Opening Day crowds gathered at the long awaited new Andy Ausonio Library in Castroville.
(Photo courtesy -- Monterey County Library)

Castroville Library (Andy Ausonio Library), a branch of the Monterey County Library, held its grand opening on Saturday, September 29, 2006.  In addition to housing the 9,163 square foot library, the plaza also includes a 4,900 square foot Family Resource Center that houses the Monterey County's Head Start Program. In 1863 Don Manuel Castro, one of the community's founders, donated the land on which the buildings sit.  The creation of the plaza fulfills a 142-year old promise to establish a central gathering place for families in the community.

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

Hercules Library  

Brightly colored furniture and balloons greeted opening day crowds 
at t
he new Hercules Library.
(Photo courtesy -- Contra Costa County Library.

The local community celebrates the opening of the new Hercules Library.
(Photo courtesy -- Contra Costa County Library. 

Hercules Library, the newest addition to the Contra Costa County Library, held its grand opening on Saturday, November 11, 2006. The 21,500 square foot library includes state-of-the-art technology, a computer/homework center for children and teens, and a fireplace area for relaxed reading.  Hercules also has a Children's Story Cone, Children's Garden, and a Teen Center.  For complete details about the Hercules Library construction project, please visit their page on the OLC website.  

Alameda Free Library

  Opening day crowds at the Alameda Free Library enjoying their new library.
(Photo courtesy -- Alameda Free Library)

California State Library, Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building facade.

Ribbon cutting ceremony and the grand opening of the new Alameda Free Library.
(Photo courtesy -- Alameda Free Library)

On Thursday, November 2, 2006, the new Alameda Free Library was officially opened.  The new 47,500 square foot building replaces the city's 1903 Carnegie Library, and includes seating for 590 people, public meeting rooms, a 20 seat computer lab, 75 public computers, a cafe, and special spaces for quiet reading for teens, family literacy activities, homework assistance, and children's programs. For complete details about the Alameda Free Library construction project. please visit their page on the OLC website.

Locally funded library openings

Some California libraries have resourcefully raised locally, 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.  

Carmichael Library  

A colorful reading tower and a hanging metal sculpture in Kids' Place in the newly expanded Carmichael Library will be put to good use for children's programs.
(Photo courtesy -- Jon Torkelson)

The newly remodeled Carmichael Library, a branch of Sacramento Public Library, opened on September 17 much to the delight of the Carmichael community.  The new facility, designed by Noll and Tam Architects of Berkeley, has been expanded to 20,690 square feet and cost $6.8 million, the funding for which came from California Tobacco Litigation Settlement Funds provided by the County of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Library Fund. 

The new Carmichael Library is a light-infused environment enhanced with open ceilings and expanded windows.  The Adult Reading Area, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, looks out to a beautifully landscaped patio.  The Computer Center has 24 workstations, allowing the library to offer computer classes for customers of all ages.

The Carmichael Library Kids’ Place includes spaces appealing to children and their caregivers.  It boasts an acoustically enhanced naturally lit reading tower conducive to story times in which a metal sculpture, “Autograph” by Chico artist Sheri Simons, hangs. The Kids’ Place has six computers, including two with early-literacy software and learning games for children, eight years and younger.  An interactive LeapPad and LeapBooks learning system helps children develop language, reading, and other critical skills, through electronic books and special touch pens. The Kids’ Place also has a cozy “Ready to Read” space for families to share stories with toddlers and pre-school children.

The Carmichael Library’s Teens@ gives teens a space designed just for them.  The teen area includes diner-style booths, colorful and comfortable curl up-and-read chairs, innovative computer tables, and a large plasma television.

The new Carmichael Library has a community meeting room, self check-out machines, new furnishings for the updated, bright and spacious interior, a special Persian Collection, 42 public access computer terminals, nearly 8,000 new books, and a multitude of improvements in customer requested, on-site, and online services.

For more information about the Carmichael Library contact project manager Lois Ross at (916) 264-2709.

Palos Verdes Library District Teen Annex

Kids like "hanging out" in new Teen Annex.
(Photo courtesy -- Palos Verdes Library District) 

The Palos Verdes Library District opened a Teen Annex at its Peninsula Center Library branch September 2006. 

The Teen Annex was funded through a partnership of the Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD); the Peninsula Friends of the Library; donors to PVLD; and Freedom4U, a Palos Verdes-based non-profit organization focused on creative arts, leadership and community service that promotes these healthy and safe options to local teens.

Palos Verdes Teen Annex is a supervised space for students in grades 6 – 12. Young customers have access to games, computers, and other sources of information and entertainment in the Annex.  On weekend afternoons and evenings Freedom4U staff and volunteers at the Annex host social events such as unplugged music, jazz, improv, drama, life skills workshops, mentoring programs, and guest lectures.

The Annex’s more than 500 popular paperback titles reflect teen requests, bestseller lists, American Library Association recommended reading lists as well as local school reading lists. The Annex also offers youth over 25 magazines covering sports, fashion, gaming, entertainment, world events and hobbies as well as over 100 graphic novels.

For more information about the Teen Annex at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Library branch, please call 310-377-9584, x600 or check out the library’s website at





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