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Newhall Library grand opening booked for Saturday

Posted: September 26, 2012 12:57 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2012 11:31 a.m.

From left, teachers Julie Johnson and Michelle Vasquez speak with Allie Augusta of the Friends of the Library group during the Educator's Reception at the Old Town Newhall Library on Monday.

 

The Newhall Library officially opens in its new 30,000-square foot location at 24500 Main St. during a gala event on Saturday.

“Anytime we have something as exciting as a new opening in our community, we want to celebrate that with the community. It’s everyone’s celebration,” said Jessica Jackson, spokeswoman for the city. “The Old Town library is a big milestone for our community.”

In preparation for the move, the Santa Clarita City Council approved funding for $250,000 in new materials, such as books, DVDs and CDs, to be taken out of a surplus in the library’s construction budget.

In total, the library will have a collection of more than 135,000 literary items, 68 public-use computers, private study areas and meeting rooms. The library also features a children’s library and a teen area that will have programming and services specifically tailored to younger patrons.

The building is also the second in the city to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a national group that examines buildings for sustainability and green construction. In the case of the library, it won LEED certification because its walls are comprised mostly of reused, recycled or sustainable materials.

City officials hope turnout Saturday will reach several thousand people.

“Libraries like this are just monumental for our community, and it really is a celebration of Santa Clarita’s path and our culture,” Jackson said.

The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m., followed by a literary street fair that will run until 4 p.m. The fair will include about 25 booths featuring artists, games, food and activities.

At the street fair, local artist Idelle Tyzbir will unveil a temporary sculpture called “For the Love of Reading.”

Tyzbir is also organizing a public reading, which will last throughout the duration of the event. Those who wish to volunteer to read for a 15-minute time period can contact her at idellet@mac.com.

 

 

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