Thursday, October 14, 2010

South Laredo Library Work Begins

This two-story 20,000 square foot facility will be located at the corner of Palo Blanco and Zapata Highway in South Laredo. The new branch library will feature plenty of comfortable seating throughout the building, areas conducive to reading and learning: a special children’s library, with a cozy story-hour “niche;” a pull down screen for movies; a puppet stage; an arts and craft room; a Teen CafĂ© for teenagers; a community room for neighborhood events; a classroom; study rooms; and two state-of-the art computer labs with over 70 computers and wireless Internet throughout the building.

It will be fully ADA accessible with plenty of parking. Services such as ESL classes, GED classes, computer/Internet access and classes; a broader range and larger collection of books and DVDs for check out; children’s story hours; summer reading and arts and crafts programs; homework help; reference materials; free tax assistance; and many more programs will once again be provided to the citizens of South Laredo. Additionally, State Representative Ryan Guillen, who represents a portion of South Laredo, will also have a district office in the new library to better serve his constituents.

The design contract was awarded to Architects Plus, Inc., and the construction contract was awarded to Modern Construction, Inc., both of Laredo, Texas. Construction is to be completed in 265 working days; the first book checked out in mid September 2011.

Info. courtesy of the City of Laredo.

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