The Alachua County Library District (ACLD) invites the community to the Renovation Expansion Celebration of its High Springs Branch on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m., at 23779 W US Highway 27. This celebration will unveil the newly added 3,200 sq. ft. which creates a total of 8,200 sq. ft. of new and renovated space designed to meet the needs of this growing community. Features include a sparkling new children’s area, a gathering space for teens, two study rooms, a quiet reading room and a larger community meeting room.
“We welcome everyone to visit this vibrant, well-stocked library that will provide more multi-purpose space for the entire community,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “Generous donations from the Alachua County Library District Foundation provided funding for a Snuggle Up Center and a dynamic teen space. Friends of the Library provided funding for the quiet reading room. We thank these organizations for their ongoing support in helping the Library District satisfy the growing demand for access to resources, educational programs and entertainment for all ages.”
Library District board members, local dignitaries and special guests will deliver brief remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, reception and library tours. Library staff will show visitors the new additions including the mural in the children’s area designed by Themeworks of High Springs to capture the local natural environment and bubbling springs, the teen space for gathering and gaming, the quiet reading room for laptop users and readers that prefer peace and quiet and an expanded meeting room for hosting library and community programs. Other improvements include: more parking with xeriscaping and two 400-gallon rain barrels providing irrigation to conserve water and implementation of the Library District’s automation system for cooling and heating to improve energy efficiency and save money.
Paul Stresing Associates Inc. of Alachua is the architect and Hoffman Construction Inc. of Newberry is the general contractor on the project.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event, he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).