Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, City Librarian Luis Herrera and members of the community reopened the doors to the new Glen Park Branch Library on Saturday.
The brand new library features more books and a space that’s six times as big as its former location.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty slips on a new tee shirt.
Photos by Bill Wilson
City Librarian Luis Herrera is pleased with the weather, the crowd and the new library.
Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaims October 13 as “Glen Park Library Day.”
A grand opening celebration kicked off with lion dancers, musicians, children’s entertainers and a festive street fair on Diamond Street.
Lion Dancers perform ritual blessing of the new building.
Located at 2825 Diamond Street near the Glen Park BART station, the 8,500-square-foot space occupies the second floor of the new Glen Park Marketplace, a multi-use building which includes the library, housing units and a grocery store.
The artists who created the public art that is part of the library, Reddy Lieb and Linda Raynsford, are acknowledged by the crowd.
The ribbon is stretched and scissors are poised as the countdown nears one.
And it is done!
Lion Dancers are the first through the door as the crowd
Acting Branch Manager, Denise Sanderson poses with the Mayor in the newly
opened Glen Park Branch Library.
A beautiful public art display in the glass-enclosed foyer welcomed patrons into the branch.
Usually it is the politicians speeches that have this effect on their listerners.
The light and airy new branch features special children and teen areas, a state-of-the-art program room, new shelving for a books and materials collection that’s at least 40 percent larger, more computers, Wi-Fi access to the Internet and staff work spaces.
Tom Eliot Fisch and the Bureau of Architecture designed the library and the Department of Public Works managed the project.
Joe Cheung, Department of Public Works is pleased with the finished project.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty hugs building developer, Kieran Buckley.
Glen Park is the fifth branch to be renovated under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000.
The branch is one of four currently housed in leased facilities which will be replaced by city-owned buildings.
Assemblymember Fiona Ma presents City Librarian Luis Herrera with a Certificate of Recognition to mark the occasion of the Grand Opening of the Glen Park Branch of the
San Francisco Public Library.
It replaces the little 1,500-square-foot library on Chenery Street after nearly 30 years. Project costs totaled about $5.5 million.
Over the past two years, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library has been working in partnership with neighborhood residents and communities to raise funds, awareness and support for the branch improvements. Friends has contributed $500,000 towards the Glen Park Branch renovations, to pay for furnishings, fixtures and equipment — expenses not covered by the bond.
Of this, $200,000 was raised by the Glen Park Library Campaign Committee. Having originally set a goal of $150,000, the Glen Park community increased — and met — its expectations, with contributions still coming in at all levels.
For more information on how to support the Glen Park Library Campaign, please contact Marian Chatfield-Taylor, 626-7512 X103.
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.
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