Rockford Public Library Grand Opening Scheduled Saturday, March 7th
RPL's newest location expects large crowds
February 6, 2009, Rockford, IL: Rockford Public Library (RPL) will host a Grand Opening celebration for the new East Branch Library on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Guests can participate in a variety of activities and events scheduled throughout the weekend or get a tour of the new 21st century library. Starting February 28th, the East Branch will be open to the public with limited services.
The East Branch Library almost triples the amount of space previously available at the old Northeast Branch and offers a coffee shop, meeting rooms, free wi-fi, quiet study rooms, special areas for children, young adults and adults and an expanded collection of books and media.
“We are thrilled to be able to open our doors and welcome Rockford to their newest library,” said Frank Novak, Executive Director of Rockford Public Library. “We anticipate very high usage of the East Branch because of the fantastic amenities, great location and increased interest in library services.”
Rockford Public Library, like libraries across the nation, has seen an increase in usage as the economy forces people to look for ways to cut costs.
“People are discovering the library as a source for their family entertainment,” elaborates Fay Muhammad, Assistant Director of Rockford Public Library. “We offer the latest movies, music, books, free access to technology and training, and of course, the best free programming in the community for all ages.”
For more information, visit our website at www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org/grandopening.
About the Library
The Rockford Public Library, founded in 1872 as the second library in Illinois, currently has six facilities, including the Main Library and five Branch Libraries. The Rockford Public Library’s mission is to enhance community life and development by informing, educating, entertaining, and providing cultural enrichment to all people of all ages by collecting information to address the diverse interests of our dynamic community.
215 North Wyman Street, Rockford IL 61101, Phone: 815-965-7606, Fax: 815-965-0866