After six months of construction, the Mountain View Library has finished a dramatic remodel of its children's wing and other features. On Saturday, the library held a grand opening to mark the completion of the renovations, and to show off the new features to the public.
Among the most popular areas of the library, the children's wing on the first floor has been closed since the start of the year, but it reopens with a host of new features. It now includes more floor space for children's books and events as well as a new family learning center and baby corner. Library Director Rosanne Macek said she is particularly proud of the eye-catching glass entryway adorned with children's art.
On the second floor, the library has added more study rooms and reading areas. Most of the audio and video collections have been relocated to the second floor. All the renovated sections also now have new carpeting and furniture.
The library upgrades cost $3.8 million and were funded as part of this year's capital improvement budget.
The newly upgraded library is clearly a big deal for many in Mountain View, as demonstrated by the crowd that came out Saturday for the event. Library staff unveiled the new features and led visitors on tours, and the World Harmony Chorus led a sing-along.