and Renovated Library Openings
Ingleside Branch Library Ground Breaking
The San Francisco Public Library held a ground breaking event for the new Ingleside Branch Library on Friday, February 15. The new library, a recipient of a Bond Act Grant of 2000, will be located on a prominent corner, and be part of the revitalization of Ocean Avenue. The 6,100 square foot library will include children and teen areas, public access computers and much, much more. The new Ingleside Branch Library is slated to open at the end of 2009.
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 your library in an upcoming issue of CSL Connection.
Roseville Public Library Opens New Joint Use Facility
Sunday, January 27 was a special day in Roseville because of the grand opening of the Martha Riley Community Library, Roseville Utility Exploration Center, and Roseville Community Television Studio, a unique joint use facility in Mahany Park next to the Roseville Sports Center. Named for longtime library advocate and former City Council Member Martha Riley, the 30,000 square foot building cost $14.4 million. The city of Roseville has proudly applied for LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) at the gold level for the new facility which meets stringent federal standards for energy efficient buildings and is partially constructed from recycled materials. Upon receipt of the award, the extraordinary structure will be the first LEED Certified building in Roseville. Of further benefit to the community, the facility can quickly be turned into an Emergency Operations Center during major civic emergencies such as floods.
Mike Shellito, Assistant City Manager and Community Services Director, states “Both the Riley Library and Exploration Center are cutting-edge facilities designed to merge new technologies and concepts in a contemporary educational environment. They represent our city’s ability to keep pace with the needs of our community, while offering opportunities that will empower our residents like never before.”
The Utility Exploration Center, funded by the Roseville Electric Company, has a 5,000 square foot museum on natural resources, renewable energy and sustainable practices. It also has $1.7 million in exhibits that include interactive maps, diagrams, high tech video displays and environment-friendly product samples for homeowners. All of the center’s energy comes from renewable sources, and 100% of the water for landscape irrigation is recycled.
The Roseville Community Television Studio, with high-tech editing software and production equipment that allows residents to create dynamic programming on local community-access television, offers a complete upgrade over the existing studio.
The Riley Library, a two story facility of 14,000 square feet and the third public library in the city, cost $7.3 million (general fund) and is the first library built in Roseville since 1990. It is stocked with $500,000 worth of new materials including books, DVD’s, CD’s, video games, magazines and newspapers. Its collection of 30,000 items has many environmental education materials to complement the Utility Exploration Center, along with Zoomtext keyboards and software on three computers throughout the library to facilitate computer use for people with vision challenges.
The first floor houses a circulation area, two self checkout machines, 12 children Internet computers, media collections for adults, teens and children, and a delightful children’s area with a specially designed life-size oak tree sculpture -- a perfect place for story time and family reading. The Riley Library also has a community meeting room with kitchen facilities for after-hours events. The second floor includes the adult and teen collections of books, magazines, and newspapers, 27 Internet computers for adults and teens, 3 study rooms, and a “no cell phone zone” lounge space overlooking Mahany Park. One of the outstanding features on the second floor is the Teen Area that is ringed by industrial style metal framework on which are mounted 6 flat screen televisions that are used to show educational programs, music, movies, and computer games.
The new library is part of a unique partnering effort between municipal agencies and the community has been very receptive. Rachel Delgadillo, Acting City Librarian, says “Library staff, staff from Roseville Electric, and members of other City of Roseville Departments joined together to plan this joint use facility and have made this a positive experience for all who were involved.”
San Marino Opens New Crowell Public Library
The Crowell Public Library, built on the same site as its predecessor, the San Marino Public Library, opened on Saturday, January 26, 2008. The city provided $5.5 million toward the total cost of the new 29,400 square foot facility and residents, businesses, and local foundations provided the remaining $10.6 million. The San Marino community was heavily involved in planning the new library. In addition to surveying the community, library planners held focus groups with library users, trustees, Friends of the Library, foundation members, and children. The architects, just before the design stage, held several meetings to gather impressions and design ideas from community members.
The library is named for the Donald Crowell family who wanted to give a lasting contribution to the San Marino community where the Crowell family was raised. Suzanne Crowell, former mayor, council member, library supporter and local resident, provided a $4 million gift for the library.
Special areas in the library include: a computer lab with 13 computers; a homework center; a Young Adult Area; 3 small group study rooms; a large community meeting room; a small conference room; a Friends of the Library Book Shop; a large patio for outdoor gatherings and a small reflective courtyard; and 91 computers in the library for public and staff use. In addition, there is direct power and data access in all seating areas and in the homework center, and the building is wireless.
The new space offers new opportunities for expanded services for all ages including arts and music programs to showcase local talent and resources. The Library Foundation worked hard to bring in $10.6 million and they are continuing their fundraising efforts with an annual campaign or endowment program to support the library in the future.
Summarizing the new library, City Librarian Carolyn Crain says, “The Crowell Public Library is a beautiful, well designed, 21st century library that addresses the needs of all library users and provides flexibility for adjustments over the years. It combines comfortable reading spaces with active learning spaces and effective public meeting spaces in an atmosphere of natural lighting and rich, colorful hues. The community has expressed absolute delight in the new library and I am very proud of the results. Many, many people and groups participated in making this dream come true and the dream turns out to be a real jewel in San Marino.”
Edenvale Branch Library Opens in San Jose
The Edenvale Branch Library, which opened on November 3, 2007, is the most recent addition to the San Jose Public Library System. Funded by a $212 million library bond measure approved by San Jose voters in November 2000, Edenvale is one of San Jose’s larger branches at 22,222 square feet at a cost of $9.7 million. A unique feature of the library is a glass and steel plant canopy overhanging the Marketplace Area near the library entrance. In creating the pubic art installation, the artist brought images of the natural world inside including four California native plants-- redbud, purple needle grass, California buckwheat and black walnut. Community members remark that the building’s exterior, which evokes the angles and planes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, provides an interesting contrast to the building’s wonderful open interior display of circles and curves.
To collect information on the community’s needs, the Edenvale Branch Library’s architectural group facilitated three public meetings over a six month period. The outcome of these gatherings helped identify key services and areas for the library. Today, the new Edenvale Branch Library’s amenities and areas include: an Internet café; a community living room with a fireplace; a technology center; group and study areas; a community meeting room with space for 100 people; 50 public computers; a homework center for students in grades K-12; a glass enclosed Teen Area; and a clearly defined Family Place that encourages parents, caregivers, and children to share reading experiences. The technologically advanced building can also support special library services such as beginning and intermediate computer skills classes, movie screenings in the Teen Area after school and on weekends, and other multimedia programs including gaming.
The San Jose Public Library Foundation chose “Branching Out: From Dream to Reality” for its fundraising campaign which provides funding for furnishings and equipment for each new branch library. More than $75,000 has been raised for Edenvale to date with donations coming from corporate entities and from the community-at-large.
Edenvale Branch Library serves an area that had no convenient library nearby. The community has enthusiastically embraced the new library—5,000 visitors attended the opening day festivities and by the day’s end, 8,000 items had been checked out. San Jose Public Library Director Jane Light says, “Edenvale Branch Library is the tenth project that we’ve completed under the Branch Library Development Program and we are fortunate in being able to immediately take what has been learned from all previous projects and apply that knowledge to the next project. By the time we are finished in 2011, the entire branch system will have been replaced with new and modern facilities (including three pre-bond renovations) that are in all ways equipped to suit the lifestyle needs of today’s library customers.”
Monterey County Opens New Marina Branch Library
The new Marina Branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) opened on September 29, 2007. The new library cost $8 million and was funded by library bonds approved by the voters of the City of Marina in November 2002 by a 79.6% vote. To assist the City of Marina in purchasing the $560,000 library site, the Marina Larger Library Committee raised over $450,000 in donations from the community
The new building includes an 11,000 square foot library, a 2,000 square foot community room, a 1,500 square foot lobby and the 7,5000 square foot Administrative Offices of the Monterey County Free Libraries. Funds from the sale of the old Monterey County Free Libraries Administrative Offices in Salinas helped the city pay for the construction of the new offices. MCFL provides staff and materials for the new library that the City of Marina owns. The Marina Branch is built on land purchased from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, which owns the surrounding 27 acre Locke Paddon Community Park.
Special features in the new library include a community room with seating capacity for 86 persons, an outdoor patio, a Teen Room with café furniture, a Homework Center with 16 computers with a selection of black-and-white or color laser printers, three study rooms, a large Children’s Room with story time area, 22 public Internet access computers, three self-checkout stations, a self-service holds pick-up area, a public WiFi Network, and a children’s playground.
The new facility makes many library services and programs possible. The new homework center computers have enabled the library to partner with the City of Marina and the Monterey/Pacific Grove Adult School and offer seniors two computer classes per week. The Community Room has allowed the library to offer special library programming such as a Holiday Music Program featuring 21 musicians; an opportunity for MCFL to partner with other community organizations to host programs for the public such as an area-wide literacy conference, and a dance/live music/storytelling performance.
The new Marina Branch is green inside and out. Natural light, automated lighting controls, and clerestory windows save energy, and trees shade the landscaped parking lot which has environmentally sustainable features such as storm water retention and bioswales that remove silt and pollutants from surface runoff water. The area around the building is landscaped with drought-tolerant materials which transition to the native grasses and plants in Locke Paddon Community Park.
Marina Branch Library Manager Kurt Elliso says the new Library and MCFL Administrative Offices “have become a subject of civic pride in the Marina community. For our library staff, the new facility makes it fun to come to work and hard to leave, especially when one can see the sun set behind the cypress trees through the library’s spacious windows.”
Jayanti Addleman, County Librarian, says “On opening day when the ribbon was cut and we saw the waves of crowds rushing toward the entrance to the library rather than towards the stall that was handing out free hot dogs and hamburgers, I knew that I was in the right profession. There is nothing as gratifying as seeing a project, which has so much community support and which fills a need in the community, move to completion so smoothly.”
San Francisco Public Library Opens Glen Park Branch Library
The San Francisco Public Library’s (SFPL) Glen Park Branch was the sixth branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. The 30-year old branch, one of four currently housed in leased facilities which will be replaced by city-owned buildings, replaces a little 1,500-square-foot library. Project costs totaled about $5.5 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.
The Glen Park Branch opened with a grand gala on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Steven A. Coulter., San Francisco Public Library Commission, Fred Abadi, Department of Public Works, Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library attended the festivities for the branch’s new building. As part of the celebration, the street in front of the library was closed off and transformed into a community festival with entertainers, food, giveaways, and local merchant booths.
Located on the second floor of a multi-use building, the new branch features a beautiful public art display in the glass-enclosed foyer, special children and teen areas, a state-of-the-art program room, new shelving for a books and materials collection that’s at least 40 percent larger, more computers, Wi-Fi access to the Internet and ergonomic staff work spaces.
In addition to new technologies, expanded collections and shelving spaces, the new Glen Park Branch is more accessible with talking directional signs, a power assist front door, and an elevator. It also has a street level after-hours book drop, express checkout machines, energy efficient mechanical and lighting systems, abundant daylight, clear signage, and new furniture.
City Librarian Luis Herrera says of the San Francisco’s new neighborhood branch, “Our Glen Park Branch is a wonderful feather in SFPL’s cap. Its alluring architecture, paired with its expanded collections and accessibility, makes the Glen Park Branch an ideal community space and has become the civic anchor for the neighborhood.”
Denise Sanderson says customers are elated with their new library, “Since the
grand opening, we’ve heard nothing but compliments from our community
members. Many comment about how beautiful the library looks and how
excited they are to use our new facility.”