Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA,Opens Downtown Satellite Branch
Norman Oder -- Library Journal, 06/29/2009
- Small satellite facility
- Service shifted from downtown after flood
- Major effort will replace main library later
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL), IA, whose main downtown library was devastated by flooding in June 2008, today opens a Downtown Branch at the Armstrong Centre, a former department store that now houses offices and retail.
The satellite facility, CRPL says, will offer a small collection of books for children through adults, CDs, and DVDs as well as allow those going downtown to pick up and drop off materials. The site will offer three stations for public Internet access.
The branch will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays when the Farmers' Market is held.
Meanwhile, CRPL will use federal and state money to build a new main library. The library management team won LJ's 2009 Librarian of the Year award for its response to the disaster.