Librarian Lani Yoshimura took Patch on a tour of the new building before the books were unpacked. The new library, with its tall ceilings and light-filled spaces, could not be more different from the old Sixth Street library, which stood on this same spot.
Architectural details such as arched windows and vaulted ceilings give the main rooms an airy, open feeling. Wide, comfortable armchairs set throughout the main floor invite patrons to find a cozy spot to read.
Students can choose between a space for group study or a room for quiet study. Long tables in the main room have lamps as well as outlets for computers so patrons don't have to run a cord to the wall.
Designed to use available light as much as possible, the building also features many energy-saving systems including 4,000 square feet of solar panels that will provide about 20 percent of the library's energy needs.
On Saturday, the doors open to the public for a day-long celebration of Gilroy's new library.
Grand Opening Schedule
10 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance, invocation by Chaplain Malcolm McPhail and an opening speech by Mayor Al Pinheiro and City Administrator Tom Haglund.
10:30 a.m. Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Lani Yoshimura
11:15 a.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony
Noon Capulli Tonalequeh Aztec Dance Group, demonstrations of state-of-the-art library equipment, and Friends of the Library book sale begins.
1 p.m. Bilingual story time.
2 p.m. Author G. Willow Wilson will discuss her book, "The Butterfly Mosque." (Repeated again at 4 p.m.)
3 p.m. Children's story time.
For coverage of the new library's grand opening celebration, check back with Patch Monday morning.
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