By Nancy Covert
The long-awaited opening of University Place’s library is set for Feb. 12, 2011.
“We hear daily from University Place residents who are very excited about the new, larger, more up-to-date library,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for the Pierce County Library System.
“Pierce County Library is thrilled to open the doors at the new location and deliver the services in a space people have been yearning for.”
The gala celebration that begins at noon starts with a Ribbon Cutting and speeches by library and UP dignitaries. The festivities include photo opportunities with library celebrities Lily Ladybug and Curious George, as well as other entertainment. There’s also an opportunity to have Library Passports stamped that afternoon.
The new 15,000 sq. ft. library, located at 3609 Market Place W., in the Civic and Library Building off Bridgeport Way, is 3,000 sq. ft. larger than the city’s original 1994 library. Since 2006, the library has been housed in a former auto parts store, off 27th St. W. A year later Library personnel discussed with community residents their ideas for services and designs in the new space. Library patrons will see many of their suggestions reflected in the new library.
The new library is the first LEED (leader in energy and environmental design) structure in the library’s system. It will include 80,000 books, movies and audio books for patrons to borrow. It also will feature a cyber bar for teens, as well as interactive and educational computers for children.
There’s also a dedicated Job and Business Center to help adults with their job search or start businesses, says Mary Getchell, Pierce County Library’s Communications Director.
In preparation for this much-anticipated event, staff members at the newest library in the county’s system have been preparing for the move since mid-December. The current temporary library’s current location closes on Friday, Feb. 11.
Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org and search the site: University Place for more information.