This Saturday, Riverside will open the doors to the new Marcy Branch Library.  The facility is a 9,000 square foot full-service library – more than double the previous Marcy Branch – and will better serve residents.

The facility provides state-of-the-art technology, with 33 public access computers, each with internet access.  Students can take advantage of a quiet study room and, when a break is needed, take a few minutes to watch one of two flat-screen televisions. 

Ward 3 Councilman Rusty Bailey said, “I am extremely excited to see this great project come to fruition for the people of Riverside.  One of the highlights of this new library is a larger children’s area that features environmental education.  Kids will learn about energy efficiency at live puppet shows staged inside a simulated live oak, or from hands-on interaction with a water wall.” 

Those elements, along with a Story Time Tree, provide children’s programming in an imaginative, nature-like environment.  The learning tree was funded by an Economic Stimulus grant from the Department of Energy; Riverside Public Utilities sponsored the Environmental Wall Display.

The grand opening event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m., 6927 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside.