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April 3rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Nearly 1,000 Monrovians are expected to be on hand Saturday for the dedication of the community’s new Public Library building.
That’s the number of community members who have responded to an open invitation to attend. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 in Library Park on Myrtle Avenue between Lime and Palm Avenues in Monrovia’s Old Town.
Featured will be a chance to walk through the nearly-finished Library. An official opening of the new facility is set for Saturday, May 16, as part of the community’s Monrovia Day celebration, but attendees will get a sneak preview at the dedication this week.
The event will take place in front of the new building in a re-modeled Library Park that, when completed, will feature a new fountain, walkways, seating areas, lawns, play area, war and veterans memorials and a grand entrance from Myrtle Avenue to the Library building.
Attendees on Saturday will be able to learn about and register for Library services and programs at booths set up on Myrtle in front of the park.
Keynote speaker, and officiating at the unveiling of the dedication plaque, will be Mayor Rob Hammond, who is retiring from office on May 5. A short ceremony and the plaque unveiling will precede the opening of the building to public tours.
The new 28,000-square-foot facility is twice the size of the building it replaces. Work began on the structure in early December, 2007, paid for with funds from a March, 2007 voter-approved bond measure.
The new facility features considerably more space for books, periodicals, tapes and DVDs; a Community Room and public restrooms; a Heritage Room; adult, children and teen areas; homework rooms; a literacy services area; an expanded reference section; individual sitting areas; self-checkout machines; banks of free public computers and a Friends of the Library store.