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County Supervisor Cox Gives A Tour of Imperial Beach's New Crown Jewel, the Imperial Beach Library

Apr 12, 2017 07:56PM ● By Paul Spear

We Give You a Pictorial Tour of Imperial Beach's New Crown Jewel, the Imperial Beach Library! Don't miss the Grand Opening Saturday April 15th at 11:30am!

Dig Imperial Beach joined SD County Supervisor Greg Cox and staff Luis Monteagudo & Khea Pollard and Head County Library Director Migell Acosta & Imperial Beach Head Librarian June Engel on a tour of Imperial Beach's new crown jewel, the 14, 800 square foot, Imperial Beach County Library. 

You can't help and feel excited as you approach the new Imperial Beach Library. Eight years ago, it was just a dream when then Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney and the City of Imperial Beach spoke with County Supervisor Cox about the possibility of a new library for Imperial Beach. In 2015 the Imperial Beach Library celebrated its 100 year anniversary and in after much work and planning the county broke ground in September of 2015 on the new Imperial Beach Library and after a water pipe breaking and a 3 month delay, the Imperial Beach Library will have its Grand Opening this Saturday at 11:30am.

The County of San Diego spent $8.9 million on this master piece that is totally state of the art. From its "Net Zero" rating and ecologically friendly building, to its robotic book sorter and 3D printer or its artistic blend you can't help but marvel at this masterpiece. The construction also included the reuse of many materials from the old library and will use Solar Energy to reduce the costs of running the library significantly. It has self check in and check out stations for your books or dvds.

The new library also offers a STEM (Science, Technology, Energy & Math) Program, a 2,000 sq. ft. Community Room, 2,800 sq. ft. Kids Discover Zone as well as a Teens Only Room, Homework Room, Computer Room and a special Room for Veterans to help them with any need they may have with any type of their Veteran's benefits. 

The Teen room was completely designed by local teens and has amenities which appeal to all.  There will be a 55" TV screen added to the room for playing state of the art computer games and comes with built in USB ports and table plug-ins for all equipment use.  

The kids area is designed around the concept that kids learn best while at play and there are several interactive play stations in the Discovery area which will appeal to everyone, kids and parents alike.  There is a special alcove area named Mommy and Me, where parents and their child can have an intimate space for reading and other projects.  The Story Time hours will be increased to 5 times a week and the edition of Yoga is included for the kids to be active.

The Community room is an open welcoming space for meetings, community happenings, classes and even a space for a quilters group.  It also contains a kitchenette for use and a very lovely patio area with table and chairs for conversation, reading and relaxing with cup of coffee or tea.

The number of available books has tripled with 3/4 the of the inventory being new books and 1/4 being part of the original library catalogue.  The new Library phrase coined by Joan Engel, the "Flip Flop" Library is perfect for the description as you may come and enjoy it all as you are!

There is also a 1,000 sq. ft. Friends of the Library Book Store where you can buy used books and other items such as memory cards.

Parking for the library has been redone to add more spaces and they have increased the handicapped parking to 8 spaces. Also, deals have been made so that patrons of the library will be allowed to park at St James Church or the IB Boys & Girls Club. 

For the County of San Diego this is the 11th new library in 11 years. In all, the County has 33 libraries and 2 book mobiles. 

I hope you enjoy the photos of the new library and you won't want to miss the grand opening this Saturday. It should be a fabulous event! They will have Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and other great snacks for everyone to enjoy!


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