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Year in review: This year saw the completion of the Newhall Library

$28 million building expands services in neighborhood

Posted: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Attendees tour the new Newhall Public Library at the grand opening on Main Street on Sept. 29.

 

The controversial Newhall Library opened on Sept. 29 with a celebration that brought an estimated 2,000 guests to visit the 30,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building on Main Street in downtown Newhall.

The library, which cost more than $28 million to build, offers more than 135,000 literary items, private study spaces and community meeting rooms.

Additional highlights of the library include a children’s library, teen study area, a fireplace reading room, an outdoor courtyard, art and photographic displays and more than 100 public use computers.

The library also features an artistic replication of Beale’s Cut, historical photographs and original works of art.

The new Newhall Library is one of three libraries in Santa Clarita which were taken over by the city from the Los Angeles County Library System in July 2011. The other libraries are located in Valencia and Canyon Country.

Groundbreaking of the library occurred on March 16, 2010. The two-story library is located just blocks from the small, 1950s 5,000-square-foot building it replaced at Ninth and Walnut.

“This is a step up from the old library which only had two computers,” said city Councilwoman Laurene Weste.

City Councilman Frank Ferry, in his rotation as mayor during the grand opening festivities, touted the benefits of the new library.

“The library will provide a range of educational and cultural activities, social programs and free services that will engage all community members,” he said.

However, the library was not universally praised by all residents of Santa Clarita.

“This building is a monstrosity,” said Nanette Meister, who lives off Placerita Canyon Road and walked by the construction site at least twice a week. “I know people that went to the city and said don’t build it this big.”

The construction budget included more than $800,000 for technology — including computers and booksorters — and more than $700,000 for furniture.

About 140 to 150 construction jobs were created by project, said Harry Corder, senior engineer and project manager for the Newhall library.

mbuttelman@signalscv.com

661-287-5590

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