SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Officials broke ground Friday on a new library in San Francisco’s Bayview District.

The new building, now just a vacant lot at the corner of Third Street and Revere Avenue, offers the promise of bridging the digital divide in a low income, crime-ridden community.

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KCBS’ Margie Shafer:

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said this is the 23rd of 24 libraries funded through bond money approved by San Francisco voters in 2000.

“We’re breaking the ground, we’re building the libraries, we’re connecting everybody together,” said Lee.

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City librarian Louis Herrera said the project has been in the works for a long time.

“We’re so excited because it really represents an amazing community effort to make this not just a modest renovation but a brand new 21st century library for the Bayview neighborhood.

The new library will have spaces for teens, tots and community meetings. It’ll feature Wi-Fi and the ability to check out laptop computers.

This library is scheduled to open its doors in December of 2012.

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