“Shannon Lin couldn’t contain her excitement. “Yes! It’s finally open! See ya, mom!” the 11-year-old exclaimed as she bolted from the family minivan and into the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center in Palo Alto. The long-awaited $28 million facility held a “soft opening” Thursday. Library employees are using the time between now and a grand opening scheduled for Dec. 6 to iron out some kinks.” (via San Jose Mercury News)
“When the Mitchell Park Library opens its glassy doors to the public in a “soft” opening next month and the first stream of residents makes its way past the six silver owls standing sentry at the entrance, Palo Alto’s librarians hope the construction nightmare that has plagued this site will give way to a storybook ending.” (via Palo Alto Online)
“If Palo Alto’s Main Library was a book, its binding would be falling apart, its pages worn and tattered.
But that won’t be the case for much longer. On Tuesday, the city closed the branch at 1213 Newell Road for an 18-month renovation project. The aim is to upgrade the 55-year-old building’s “bones” — the structural, electrical and mechanical systems — while preserving the integrity of architect Edward Durrell Stone’s iconic design.” (via San Jose Mercury News)