Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Howe Library Grand Opening

Swiped from Stephanie Simon

This free community party on March 27 features entertainment, refreshments, and giveaways for the whole family. The 71-year-old Howe Branch Library is at 105 Schuyler Street in Albany's South End.

Some highlights of party include:
* 1:30 p.m. Welcome ceremony with library leaders and elected officials and a ribbon cutting by neighborhood children
* 2 p.m. Vocal performance by Albany middle-schooler Arielle Patterson-King
* 2:30 p.m. Performance by Giffen Elementary School choral group
* 2 to 3:30p.m. Balloon animals by Mr. Magicman

Throughout the afternoon, partygoers will enjoy:
* Fun library giveaways and craft activities for kids
* Free books for children provided by the Junior League of Albany through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
* Refreshments and cake generously provided by hospitality sponsor Price Chopper

What's Different at Howe?

The newly renovated Howe Branch Library has been restored to its original 1929 beauty and grandeur. The $5.2 million library renovation project was designed by CS Arch, built by Bunkoff General Contractors, and managed by the Dormitory Authority of New York State. The 11,500-square-foot Howe Branch Library features:

* 30,000-piece collection of new books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, magazines, and more
* 16 public access computers and building-wide Wi-Fi
* Separate spaces, collections, and computers for adults, teens, and children
* Two community meeting rooms and two small-group study rooms
* Energy efficient and cost effective "green" systems and construction
* A rear addition housing an elevator, stairs, restrooms, and ground-floor book drop
* Restored historic windows that offer expansive views and natural light
* Refinished original woodwork, shelving, and benches

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