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Eagle Public Library reopens with all-day event

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What: Eagle Public Library Grand Opening

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Eagle Public Library

Cost: Free

More information: Visit evld.org or call 970-328-8800.

Eagle Valley Library District is hosting a grand opening celebration of the Eagle Public Library renovation and expansion, at 600 Broadway St., from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Patrons can tour the spacious two-story building and use its many new and upgraded amenities. Various activity stations for children and families will be set up throughout the library. All are invited to be part of this memorable day in celebration of a long-anticipated accomplishment.

Here is a schedule for the day:

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m.

Doors open at 10 a.m.

Storytime at 10 a.m.

Cake cutting at 10:30 a.m.

Self-guided tours and familyfriendly activities throughout the day

Designed by Studiotrope and constructed by Evans Chaffee Construction Group, the Eagle Public Library is built to be cozy, warm and inviting, with an open, airy design that optimizes natural light throughout the building. The library features adult, teen and children’s spaces, an expanded local history section, new and repurposed furniture and shelving, ADA accessibility, 15 public access computers, lounge and café-style seating, WiFi capability, multipurpose community rooms, study rooms and the Spark Studio, a high-tech, collaborative studio with 21st century tools and technologies. A reading terrace overlooks a ground-floor exterior pocket park with a garden that will be planted next spring.

The two-story library is intended to be a center for community and a place for people of all ages to feel at home with access to resources and information. The renovation and expansion has added 6,000 square feet indoors, with a 300-square-foot reading terrace, and a 7,300-square-foot pocket park (in-lieu of a parking lot) for a total of 12,600 square feet additional indoor and outdoor public space.

“We are so excited for the community to see the improvements to the Eagle Library. This project has given us the opportunity to respond to community needs with a larger area for children, a defined space for teens, more quiet places to read, study and work and a number of other service improvements,” said Eagle Valley Library District director Linda Tillson.

The Eagle Valley Library District is grateful to Alpine Bank, Eagle Valley Library District Foundation, Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District, Sylvan Lake State Park and Whittaker Landscape Service for their generous donations. The district also thanks Eagle County for providing space for the pop-up library in the interim; and Yeti’s Grind, Mountain Recreation and Eagle Climbing + Fitness for providing story-time space during the final phase of construction.

The Eagle Public Library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit http://www.evld.org or call the library at 970-328-8800.

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