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Ribbon cutting celebration set for newly remodeled Sylvan Oaks Library

Sylvan Oaks Library
Library assistant Raina Carson, Crystal Miles, branch supervisor and Raina Carson, library assistant at the new front desk at the Sylvan Oaks public library. // Thomas J. Sullivan

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled Sylvan Oaks Library is planned for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers say the event will feature fun for the whole family, including tours, henna art, face painting, shaved ice, giveaways and more.

The 12,500-square foot Sylvan Oaks Library at the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Van Maren Lane reopened two weeks ago after closing its doors last December, while it underwent a nearly $2 million “refresh.”

In a prior interview, Crystal Miles, branch supervisor for the Sylvan Oaks branch said she expects library patrons will enjoy the new “user friendly” features the branch now has to offer.

The Sylvan Oaks Library has been completely reconfigured inside, with a new front service desk now greeting library guests when they walk in.

“Overall, the library’s new floor plan is a much more welcoming, engaging space,” said Miles.

Among the 12,000 new books added to the Sylvan Library’s existing collection of 65,000 items are world language titles in Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish. In addition, the membership-supported non-profit, Friends of the Sacramento Library donated 250 recent titles to the library’s “Lucky Day” collection.

Two new study rooms have been built which are designed to serve as classroom-style spaces. Each now features new audio-visual equipment, white board walls, and a pull-down projection screen. These spaces will also be made available for rental to interested community groups through the Sacramento Library system, Miles said.

Patrons will also find more USB and power outlets built in to tables and chairs for plugging in electronic devices. Library restrooms have also been made compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with new fixtures and tile.

Sylvan Library staff expect to resume their adult literacy program encouraging the reading skills of young and adult learners, making use of the new study rooms.

Sylvan Oaks Library is located at 6700 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights. Its hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library phone number is (916) 264-2920.

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