Newberry Branch Renovation/Expansion Celebration is July 11, 10 a.m.

June 18, 2015

The Alachua County Library District (ACLD) invites the community to the Renovation Expansion Celebration of Newberry Branch on July 11, 10 a.m., at 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. This celebration will unveil the completion of the 3,200 sq. ft. expansion and the renovation of the Newberry Branch which doubled the size of this library in order to better serve the growing population in Newberry and Jonesville areas.

“We are delighted to add needed space for computers, studying and comfort areas all within a truly beautiful community library,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “We are proud to welcome everyone to see another example of creating a vibrant, well-stocked library that addresses 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, library tours and fun activities. Library staff will provide tours to show visitors the new additions including more than 700 books added to the collection and a spectacular children’s area with a farm theme designed by Themeworks of High Springs complemented with colorful, child-friendly furniture, new carpet and two Early Learning computers. A quiet reading room for laptop users and readers that prefer peace and quiet, two new study rooms and a dynamic teen room are other highlights. The renovated meeting room offers more options for hosting library and community programs. More space now accommodates two additional computers and a more comfortable, private arrangement for computer users.

The celebration will include family-friendly activities and entertainment throughout the morning with a goat visit courtesy of Whiteacre’s Dairy Goats farm, superhero characters and fun Storytimes.

The Gainesville architectural firm of McKellips Associates Inc. provided design and engineering services. The Alachua County Library District Foundation generously provided funding for the Snuggle Up Center and the Teen Space and Friends of the Library generously provided funding for the quiet reading room. The Newberry/Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, community businesses and organizations provided support and contributed goods and services to the celebration event.

For additional information contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909,

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).

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