New library in Lemon Grove, California

Grand opening for the new Lemon Grove library

curtains coming soon

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San Diego is building a new central library.

The citizens voted it down several times because (1) it was too expensive. (2) people don’t go to libraries anymore because of the Internet, Google, Wikipedia……, and (3) books are so last decade.

Of course, a great City Council will find a way to do things even when the public says no. I mean, who knows better, a Council of Twelve or 60% of the voters? I’m thinking Council of Twelve………………

You can see some pictures of the new San Diego library here: America’s second largest dome is nearing completion. At the time I wrote that post, the new central library was supposed to open in late March or early April 2013. Here it is May 30, and I think the opening has been pushed back to August or so.

But this post isn’t about the new San Diego library. Instead, it’s about the new Lemon Grove library. Lemon Grove is just south of me in La Mesa, and the new Lemon Grove library is about two miles from me. It was supposed to open on June 1, 2013. Unfortunately, it opened early, on May 23. Thus they took a page from retail and called it a soft opening. The official grand opening will be Saturday.

Since I am not going to make the official grand opening, I went over yesterday to have a little look-see. I was impressed. I’m really happy to see that libraries are remaking themselves so that they will still be relevant decades from now — books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, computers………….

New library in Lemon Grove, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

New library in Lemon Grove, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

New library in Lemon Grove, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

New library in Lemon Grove, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The library is very bright and open with natural light streaming in from walls of arched windows and lending itself to not being stuffy like so many libraries. At nearly 13,000 square feet, the Mission-style library features a grand staircase entry, Friends of the Lemon Grove Library bookstore, a computer room, project rooms, and a new community room.

New library in Lemon Grove, California

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The middle school campus of the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities is connected to the library on one side. During school hours, children have their own private entrance into the library. How cool is that?!!

Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities

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The new library is located at 3001 School Lane. Kinda makes sense. The Grand Opening celebration will be Saturday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m.

Map to new Lemon Grove library

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6 thoughts on “Grand opening for the new Lemon Grove library

  1. cbnwali

    True there has been a dearth of visiting libraries, but the making of books there would be no end and hey! 12 can know better than 60%of the populace, that is why they are called the “council” 😉

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  2. Russel Ray Photos Post author

    I think the definition of “book” is changing, though. Eventually it will all be electronic and printers will be out of business unless they learn how to “print” something else. Printed newspapers and magazines are disappearing daily in favor of digital. Music is all digital now. The printed book is disappearing in favor of Kindles and Nooks. The printed Encyclopedia Britannica disappeared because they couldn’t compete with Wikipedia. On and on.

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  3. readingwithrhythm

    I think that there will always be libraries and there will always be printed books. Kindles and nooks just don’t smell right. And libraries are about the only place you can go and lounge around and not have to buy anything.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I think printed books are on their way out simply because they require so much storage space. Eventually, as the world continues to overpopulate, that space for book storage will be required to house people, and since the books will be online and accessible from home, people will see all that square footage as homes or businesses, and businesses create a tax base, something that a library doesn’t offer.

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  4. Naomi

    First it was the scroll, then it was the book, and now it’s the screen. Whatever the format, it’s all reading, and libraries have been making reading material available since 300 BC. My own library system offers over 600 000 digital items, a million print items, and circulated items about 7 million times last year (we serve a population of 500 000), so we’re not dead yet. I’ll get off my librarian soapbox now. 🙂 This one is certainly a beautiful example, and I love the accessibilty.

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