Alachua County Library District invites the community to the Grand Opening Celebration of its Library Partnership and Neighborhood Resource Center on Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m., at 912 NE 16 Avenue. Local dignitaries, neighbors, friends and supporters are invited to celebrate and tour the new spaces and places, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments while learning more about the many library and community services available for all ages.
“The Library District’s $1,963,500 investment illustrates its permanent commitment to working with our partners to serve and improve our Northeast communities,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “Since opening in 2009, we have established a proven track record of meeting the needs of this community. Our collaboration with Partnership for Strong Families (PSF), the Department of Children and Families and the Casey Family Foundation has enabled us to grow a successful library/resource center model and make significant progress in this community. Library Partnership works with more than 30 local organizations in one convenient location to address the total needs of Northeast Gainesville.”
This new 10,000 sq. ft. building features a large community meeting room, study rooms, a quiet reading room, a vibrant teen space and a children’s area with a Snuggle Up Center designed for innovative programming, computer and literacy classes, MAKERspace opportunities and essential social services. Ownership of this property ensures proper building maintenance and management with the same quality and efficiency standards as our other libraries.
“The Library Partnership Resource Center serves thousands of community patrons each year, and that number continues to grow thanks to the support of the community,” stated Stephen Pennypacker, president/CEO of Partnership for Strong Families. “This new facility will ensure that we can continue to provide services in Northeast Gainesville for years to come.”
Partnership for Strong Families continues to offer its Resource Center services and supports at the new facility. This Resource Center Model, which focuses on strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect, has gained local, state and national attention, and the success of the Library Partnership Resource Center has been the driving force behind the creation of three new Resource Centers within PSF’s 13-county service area. Recognitions of the Library Partnership Resource Center include:
- National Medal for Museum and Library Service (2011)
- Bright Ideas (2010) Innovation Program by Harvard University School of Government
- Designation as a Casey Family Programs “Community of Hope” site (2012) and inclusion into Casey Family Programs 2017 Signature Report
The Alachua architectural firm of Paul Stresing Associates, Inc., provided design and engineering services. The general contractor was Hoffman Construction, Inc. Alachua County Library District Foundation contributed $45,000 toward the beautiful Snuggle Up Center for children and Friends of the Library generously contributed toward the quiet reading room.
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)