Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pomona starts new chapter at library

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 7/21/2014

POMONA — Local readers will have an opportunity this weekend to get a look beneath the cover of the Pomona Library’s new location.

The library is planning an open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 115 Franklin St., Pomona, Marie Seneca, Pomona mayor and Pomona Friends of the Library president, said Monday. The event is expected to highlight the new space, to which the library relocated after leaving its longtime shared home at Pomona City Hall, 219 Jefferson St.

POMONA — Local readers will have an opportunity this weekend to get a look beneath the cover of the Pomona Library’s new location.

The library is planning an open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 115 Franklin St., Pomona, Marie Seneca, Pomona mayor and Pomona Friends of the Library president, said Monday. The event is expected to highlight the new space, to which the library relocated after leaving its longtime shared home at Pomona City Hall, 219 Jefferson St.

“We’ve been open at city hall, which we refer to as our ‘closet,’ and now we have our own building,” Seneca said. “We would just like the public to come in and see our new building.”

The library also is organizing a “celebration week” this week, providing cookies and refreshments while answering questions about the project, Seneca said. Residents may come to the new location and view some of the new features in the library, many of which the old location did not provide, including a fireplace, a children’s room, an activity room and space for computers.

“We’ve been open for awhile, but we are still continuing with our renovations,” Seneca said. “[Tuesday] morning I’ll be painting the front of the building.”

The Pomona Friends of the Library purchased the new location from attorney William Bayne after numerous fundraising events, a grant and help from a patron, according to The Herald archives. A $20,000 grant from the Goppert Foundation helped organizers pay cash for the new building, as well as to complete some renovations, Seneca said previously, meaning no cost to taxpayers.

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