|Photo from South Whittier Library's Facebook|
Yesterday, November 21, 2016, I was able to attend the grand opening of the long awaited local library: the South Whittier Library! I have waited patiently for over a year for the new library to be finally opened. I have to say, it was worth the wait!
|Watching the opening speech|
This was a $13 million project funded by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. It is much spacious than the old library from across the street and has many new amenities such as 20,000 more books, brand new computers, study group rooms with whiteboards and smartboards, outdoor reading space and other cute little nooks for reading, and teen and community rooms.
|Cutting of the ribbon- photo from Whittier Daily News|
|Vonnie at opening day :)|
|Audiobook and DVD shelves|
|New computers and Fiction shelves|
Once the ribbon was cut, the library was opened to the public. People were able to go inside and use everything that was available as well as check out books. I, in fact, returned a book that was due and was able to check out two more books.
|Sis using the new self-checkout machines|
I am in complete awe of how gorgeous this new library is. I am also super excited to spend my time here reading at one of the new reading spots!
At the end of the day, my community is truly blessed to still have people who care about their libraries. The fact that the county invested millions of dollars to build and reconstruct newer libraries really shows how our community values reading. Libraries are essential resources that help our communities thrive!