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Books Start Stacking Up At State Of The Art Oakland Library

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Artist’s rendering of East Oakland Community Library (www.oaklandlibrary.org)

Artist’s rendering of East Oakland Community Library (www.oaklandlibrary.org)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – Children from two East Oakland elementary schools watched as 1,500 books were unloaded at what will soon be their school library, and the city’s largest public library branch.

Students at Acorn Woodland Elementary will have their own dedicated entrance to the East Oakland Community Library, which the city’s director of library services, Carmen Martinez, also promised would be the city’s first state of the art branch.

“We’re going to touch a lot of lives–immigrants, children, job seekers. You name it. We’re here to serve,” she said.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

It’s taken about six years to complete the 21,000-square foot facility on 81st Avenue. Martinez said construction had been delayed over contract issues.

The $14 million needed to build it came from a parcel tax, the state and grant money. It will be the only branch in the city that serves two schools and the public simultaneously.

It’s due to open at the end of January.

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