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La Mesa Branch Library Grand Opening

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Music, balloon animals, face-painting and magic will help children and their families celebrate the grand opening of the La Mesa Branch Library on Saturday, July 19.

From noon to 4:00 p.m., the community is invited celebrate at the library's new location, 8074 Allison Avenue.

Chris Cornish and Friends will perform a variety of music, from acoustic rock to bluegrass, at 12:45 p.m. Cornish is owner of Joe ‘n Andy’s Hole in the Wall in La Mesa. Popular children’s music duo Hullabaloo will bring its rollicking country/folk-rock show to the library at 3:00 p.m.

"Open, airy and inviting, the new La Mesa Library will delight library customers and book-lovers alike,” said County Library Director José Aponte. “Working together with the City of La Mesa, the County Library is proud to deliver seven days of quality services in our new library home."

The newest branch of the San Diego County Library opened on June 16 as part of the City of La Mesa’s reconstruction of its Civic Center. The new facility houses the library and post office. At 10, 000 square feet, the library is 2,100 square feet larger than its former building. The County of San Diego will continue to operate the branch library.

Hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

The telephone number remains the same: (619) 469-2151.

New services at the library include free wireless Internet access, express self-checkout machines, computer stations dedicated to educational games for children, and a Friends of the La Mesa Library bookstore. A full summer of events is underway for children, teens and adults.

The branch is already seeing a major increase in business. Circulation of library materials is 44% higher than June of 2007, and the number of visitors per day (860) is up 29%.

Second District County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and County Library Director José Aponte will speak at the Saturday celebration, followed by the family entertainment. The City of La Mesa will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 18, at 10:00 a.m.