Monday, September 03, 2001

Fairfield unveiling new library




By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — The Lane Public Library will unveil its 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility here during grand opening ceremonies 2-4 p.m. today.

        The new library, on Corydale Drive in the city's new Village Green area, replaces the 30-year-old library on Wessel Drive.

        The new library cost about $5 million. The city contributed $3.36 million and the library $1.51 million, plus an estimated $250,000 for furnishings and library materials.

        Eugenia Beecher, spokeswoman for the library, said the new building enables the facility to expand its collection of 89,000 books and other items by another 100,000. Public computer access will increase from 10 stations to 50. A children's library section is funded with a $35,000 gift from Friends of Lane Library and another $10,000 from library coffers.

        Fairfield “is to be applauded for its vision in seeing the potential for the Lane Public Library to become a focal point within the Village Green project,” said Mary Pat Essman, library director. “The cooperation and eager ness of everyone in Fairfield, from city government to interested patrons, has resulted in a building everyone can be proud of, and it will benefit the community for years to come.”

        Fairfield City Manager Art Pizzano said the library will become “a signature building” and “focal point on which the city's new downtown (expansion) can be anchored.”

       



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