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.