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East County News Service

May 10, 2016 (Alpine) – You’re invited to the grand opening of the new Alpine library, a branch of the County library system.  The opening ceremony for the $10.7 million library will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 10 a.m. at 1725 Alpine Blvd. in downtown Alpine. 

The new state of the art library will be the County’s first Zero Net Energy building which means the facility would meet high standards for energy efficiency.

The Society of American Registered Architects California Council awarded Alpine Library the Design Award of Honor in recognition of superior achievement and professional design excellence during its design phase. The facility was designed by architect Philip Pape with Ferguson, Pape, Baldwin Architects.

The new library is be more than four times the size of the current facility and feature separate areas for children, tweens and teenagers. The approximate 13,500 square foot facility includes study rooms, computer stations, a family homework center, an outdoor patio overlooking the nearby park and a reading area complete with a fireplace

The new facility, built by C.W. Driver, is located next to the Alpine Community Center and the Veterans Wall of Honor.

The ceremony will feature musical performances by Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind, the Alpine Chorale, Joan MacQueen Middle School Band, and the Alternatives featuring Rick Favale and Mark Harkay. There will also be face painting, balloons by Free Spirit the Clown, henna tattoos, and exhibits.