Saturday, July 14, 2018 was filled with excitement as ground was broken for the new Brisbane Library. Attendees looked beyond the dirt lot, currently located at 163 Visitacion Ave., with great anticipation on what the next year will bring with the construction of the new library.
The crowd was treated to a poetry reading by the current San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg, followed by acknowledgements from Brisbane Mayor Clarke Conway, County Supervisor David Canepa, Friends of the Brisbane Library (FOBL) Co-Presidents Wendy Towle and Dawn David, and last but not least, Library Board Member and Brisbane Councilmember Karen Cunningham.
Attendees gave the count down and the shovels hit the dirt, signaling the official start of this wonderful milestone.
The new library will be an inviting, modern and engaging facility that will feature something for everyone. Not only will there be expanded books, movies, and e-resources, but the new library will feature an impressive Makerspace area and a large community room that will support extended learning and collaboration. There are also plans for a history room, a quiet reading room, a dedicated children and teen area and much more. Outside plans include a beautiful garden full of native plants and a community patio for people to come together and celebrate shared experiences.
The new Brisbane Library is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019 just in time for the 2019-20 school year.
Here are some highlights from the event.
Photos by Kevin Fryer.