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New main library at Goodwood to be dedicated Saturday

New main library at Goodwood to be dedicated Saturday

The  East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library at Goodwood will host its formal opening and dedication on Saturday, April 12 .

The celebration begins at 1 p.m.  with a ribbon cutting by city-parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton

The flagship of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, the new Main Library at Goodwood enjoyed a soft opening in January.  The 126,000-square-foot library, which will be completed fully this summer, more than doubles the space offered patrons at the former site at Goodwood Boulevard (65,000 square feet).  The new location houses more than 500,000 items, ranging from books and movies to circulating artwork and electronic resources.

The  new Main Library at Goodwood enjoyed a soft opening in January.  The 126,000-square-foot library,  will be completed fully this summer and more than doubles the space offered patrons at the former site at Goodwood Boulevard .  The new location houses more than 500,000 items, ranging from books and movies to circulating artwork, electronic resources.

The new site is home to 140 personal computers, meeting room with a 300-person capacity , quiet reading room, rooms for meetings and Storytime, study rooms, free WiFi throughout the building, many electronic plug-ins and power outlets throughout the site, a Technology Lab, a Teen Room, and  a Children’s Room.

When construction is complete it will also have a la Career Center, Baton Rouge Room/Archives and Genealogy Collection.

The Main Library is open seven days a week (except for holidays) – 2-10 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  It includes 13 branches, two Bookmobiles, more than 1.9 million items in the Library System’s Collection and more than 325,000 cardholders.  In 2013, there were 2.2 million visits to the library ,more than 2.4 million items checked out  and 1.85 million website hits.

Following the ribbon cutting a variety of grand-opening events will take place throughout the day:

10:30 a.m. — Mary Jo Kelly, the Book Doctor, who is a storyteller
Noon – Silly Nilly the Clown, who makes fun with twisted balloons
1 p.m. – Dedication and ribbon cutting, followed by tours and a reception
1:30  p.m. – Daniel Collins, a Ton musician who uses bowls to make melodies
2:30 p.m. — Harvey Rabbit & Friends
2:30 p.m. – Minecraft Game Club for teens
All Day – 3D Printer demonstrations, tours and a reception

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