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Happy Birthday to the Civic Center Library!

May 17, 2014

Livermore Public Library’s Civic Center Library is ten years old in May. On May 17, 2004, the new Civic Center Library first opened to the public. To celebrate, the library will have a free birthday celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Join the fun, have a piece of cake and be entertained by the Element 116 band.

This band is of course, named after Livermore’s own element, also known as Livermorium. Element 116 is a band comprised of mainly middle school students from five schools within the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD).  Under the lead of director Patty Jo Struve, the band plays a mix of jazz, Latin, rock and swing. The band is sponsored by the East Avenue Middle School Boosters and is open to all students within LVJUSD.  The library would like to thank Element 116 for donating their time and music, as well as A.Rents, Checkers Catering, and Delford West.  Without the donations of these companies, the library 10 year birthday celebration would not be possible.

The Civic Center Library was a welcome improvement over the old library and has been enthusiastically embraced by the Livermore community. The new 53,000 square foot facility replaced what was then a 35 year old, 15,500 square foot main library located on the opposite end of the Civic Center campus. At the new library, the children's section alone was equivalent to the entire public space in the old library. The additional space in the new Civic Center Library enabled a large expansion of the books and other materials available for checkout and the new community rooms allowed the library to offer more programs for children and adults. In addition to adding space, the new library brought many new amenities for the Livermore community, including study rooms, an art gallery, a café, numerous public use computers, and the Friends of the Livermore Library bookstore.

In the ten years since opening, the Civic Center Library has become a community hub and has made a positive contribution to the quality of life for Livermore residents and other patrons who work in the Livermore community. Over 350,000 people visit the Civic Center Library each year to check out a book, DVD, or magazine; to study or research a topic; to attend a program or class; or to use a computer or the free wireless internet access. Library staff also receives frequent comments from patrons saying that they make sure to take their out-of-town visitors to see the beautiful Civic Center Library. The Civic Center Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about programs and services, call 925-373-5500 or visit the library’s website at http://www.livermorelibrary.net/.