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Leon County Hosts Grand Opening for Lake Jackson Branch Library

By: Leon County Release Email
By: Leon County Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 21, 2012

Commissioners come through on a six-year promise...Their dream of a newer, larger, more advanced library in Northwest Leon County came to fruition today, August 21.

Leon County Commissioner John Dailey says the second vote he took when he was sworn in six years ago, was to put in place a financial plan to build this new Lake Jackson Branch Library. People who live in this area have been checking out the new state-of-the-art facility all day long.

People on the northwest side of Tallahassee are marveling over their brand new Lake Jackson Branch Library.

Said Leah Mathis, library patron: "My little one has a nice little area to play and a lot of books open for them. They love it. It's just a very peaceful atmosphere, which is what I like. They did a wonderful job with it."

Commissioners and library staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, August 21, to celebrate moving from the small library in Huntington Oaks to a newer facility right next door.

"It is state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art technology, WIFI inside, we've increased the number of computer terminals that we have. We have a separate kids area, there's a separate teen area," said John Daley, Leon County Commissioner, District 3.

There's also a quiet reading room.

Said John Daley: "But, wait, there's more. We have re-created a park inside. Wait until you see it."

The new building is more than double the size of the old one... going from about five-thousand square feet, to 12-thousand square feet.

"This is going to be an absolutely amazing facility," said Daley.

The old library is going to be renovated into a community center with access from the library and outside.

Commissioner Daley says the entire Hunington Oaks Plaza will be getting a facelift, with new parking, landscaping, lighting, a new bus station, and sidewalks on Fred George Road.

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 21, 2012-6:30pm

Leon County celebrated the grand opening of its new Lake Jackson Branch Library at 3840 N. Monroe Street Tuesday morning.
The scene at the corner of North Monroe Street and Fred George Road was festive as hundreds of residents, many of them homeowners who live in Northwest Leon County, flocked to the new site in Huntington Oaks Plaza to take part in the morning festivities.

“This is more than a library. This is an anchor for this community,” said District 3 Commissioner John E. Dailey. “I am so proud to see the ideas and the needs of the users reflected in this building and in the wonderful programming that will happen here. This library will serve the needs and shape the lives of so many for many years to come.”

Area residents have an additional 5,000 square feet of space, a larger selection of books, additional computers, more plug-ins for laptops and a new reading room for quiet study. The library also has an internal park complete with benches and trees, free Wi-Fi, a tutoring room, teen space and children’s area. Completing the renovation was the first phase in the construction to the plaza.

“By re-purposing Huntington Oaks Plaza, we all have reaped the rewards of this newly expanded branch library,” said Commissioner Akin Akinyemi, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Development and work will continue on an adjoining community center and major renovation to the look and feel of Huntington Oaks Plaza.

The second phase of the project involves adding sidewalks, walk-ways for exercise purposes and a new bus stop within the plaza’s parking lot. “Making an investment like this at a time like this is not an easy thing to do, but it is a critically important thing to do,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “I want to thank the neighbors and this community for working so well with us and we look forward to continuing to work with them throughout the renovation and the sense of place initiative here at Huntington Oaks.”

The 12,000 square-foot library is one of six branches in the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System, not including the main library downtown at 200 W. Park Avenue. Children’s activities, including face painting and balloon art, are scheduled to 8 p.m., closing time at branch libraries on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“This is a big, newly designed space for today’s library users,” said Cay Hohmeister, Director of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System. “We had a great day today and welcome everybody to the new library. Make the library a regular part of your life.”

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For more information, contact Cay Hohmeister at (850) 606-2665 /
HohmeisterC@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 21, 2012

Leon County hosts a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21 for the newly constructed Lake Jackson Branch Library, 3840 N. Monroe St. Festivities are ongoing throughout the day until 8 p.m.

The new 12,000-square-foot library, which is housed in Huntington Oaks Plaza at the intersection of North Monroe Street and Fred George Road, is one of six branches in the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System not including the main library downtown at 200 W. Park Ave.

The northwest branch library was renovated to support the needs of a growing community that surrounds the North Monroe Street site. The road for Leon County’s improvements to the branch library began with a commitment to redevelop the plaza and create a quality-size branch library where all residents are welcome.

To further enhance citizens’ library experience, a park complete with benches and trees will add to the internal ambiance of the redeveloped branch. The unique park coupled with free Wi-Fi, joined by a tutoring room, teen space and children’s area, further support the library and Huntington Oaks Plaza as a Sense of Place Initiative – also known as a desirable destination place for Northwest Leon County.

Residents of Northwest Leon County can also look forward to an additional 5,000 square feet of space, a larger selection of books, additional computers, more plug-ins for laptops and a new reading room for quiet study. The completion of the library is the first phase of the overall project’s development and work will continue on the community center and major renovation to the plaza.

For more information, contact Cay Hohmeister, Director of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System, at (850) 606-2665 / HohmeisterC@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .


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