Scores of community residents, eager to start using their neighborhood library, turned out on Saturday, May 7, to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony that opened the Library District’s newest branch at 7060 West Windmill Lane at South Rainbow Boulevard. The ceremony featured the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s honor guard, remarks by the Library District’s Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich, Board Vice Chair Kelly Benavidez, and Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager.
Photo from left: Board of Trustees Secretary Ron Kirsh; Board members Keiba Crear, Michael Saunders, Carol Reese; Library District Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich; Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kelly Benavidez; Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager
At the ribbon cutting, NV Energy presented the Library with a check for $452,500, recognizing the savings from the Library’s solar photovoltaic cells that generate 8% of the Library’s energy. The cells are part of the Library’s many environmental efficiencies designed to reduce negative environmental impacts and improve the health and well-being of patrons and staff. The new library will be submitted for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification.
Following the opening ceremony, the public enjoyed refreshments and the many amenities offered by the community’s newest library branch. Neon, the Library’s mascot, charmed the children who were thrilled with the shelves full of books, a young people’s computer area, and a storyroom for storytimes, crafts and other special programs.
More than 2,500 people visited the library during the 8 hours it was open. Library staff issued 370 new library cards and customers checked out 6,792 items. The branch has a collection of approximately 130,000 items including best-sellers, nonfiction and fiction for all ages and interests, music CDs, magazines and DVDs.
Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information about this and other Library District branches, visit the web site at www.lvccld.org and choose the Libraries & Hours tab.