Alachua County Library District invites the community to the Grand Re-Opening Celebration of its Tower Road Branch on Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. at 3020 SW 75 Street. This celebration will unveil the addition of the 8,500 sq. ft. and renovation of 15,000 sq. ft. to complete 23,500 sq. ft. of new, innovative library space that will better serve fast-growing Southwest neighborhoods. New features include a larger meeting room with a kitchen, an expanded children’s indoor and outdoor area, a dedicated space for teens, a quiet reading room for traditional library users, three study rooms, new restrooms and more. The new demonstration kitchen will showcase the popular FOODIEspace cooking programs that feature healthy recipes, the PancakeBot™ 3D food printer and cooking from your garden and/or with local chefs.
“We are very excited to welcome the community to explore this well-designed and equipped library,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “We worked with library staff, the architects and contractor to create a community space that functions efficiently and provides opportunities for our third largest population area that includes the broadest range of demographics with diverse economic and educational backgrounds. Families can participate in a variety of programs – from cooking to technology. Teens can enhance their STEAM skills and participate in a variety of gathering and gaming events. Children can engage in interactive learning with literacy pods, Storytimes, Early Learning computers and engaging programs. Citizens of all ages can discover opportunities to expand their imaginations and access the tools they need to succeed in life. I encourage you to bring the family or a friend and check out your new Tower Road Branch.”
Construction on the project started in January 2017. In addition to library staff, the expansion/remodeling crew includes architect McKellips Associates Inc. Architecture, architectural designer Sylvia McIntyre Crook, general contractor NuJak Development, mechanical engineer Campbell Spellicy Engineering, structural engineer Wayland Structural Engineering and civil engineer EDA Engineers/Surveyors/Planners Inc.
The Library District received a $500,000 public library construction grant from the Division of Library and Information Services, Florida Department of the State. The Alachua County Library District Foundation generously funded the Snuggle Up Center and the Teen Space and the Friends of the Library funded the Quiet Reading room and the bronze statue of children. The total budget for the expansion/renovation including upgraded furnishings was $2.68 million.
In order to transition library services from the temporary mobile library space, the branch will be closed from February 10 to 16. Library services will start in the new library immediately following the Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m.
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).