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County announcement describes new facility as "a town treasure"

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dave Patterson
February 12, 2011 (Ramona) –State and County officials will join Friends of the Ramona Library to celebrate the grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art library on Tuesday, February 15 at 11 a.m.  After the ceremony, the library will welcome the public with a day of programs including live music, face painting and read-alouds for children, plus tours of the new building.


Located at 1275 Main Street in Ramona, the 21,000-square-foot Tuscan and Southwestern-style library is four times the size of the old building and boasts rooftop solar panels that will produce about 20 percent of the energy needed to run the library.


Patrons can track the library’s energy production and consumption on a digital display inside.

At the center of town, the striking Ramona Library is designed as a cultural, educational and entertainment hub. Cozy lounge chairs and a fireplace invite the public to relax, and diverse users will find a niche in special spaces that include a teen area, a children’s space and story room, community meeting rooms and a family homework and tutoring center.


With its solar panels, water-efficient landscaping and other green features, the Ramona building is expected to achieve Gold LEED certification, making it the only library in the County to meet this international standard for sustainable design.


Dignitaries on hand will include Jose Aponté, Director of the San Diego County Library, Elyse Kuhn, President, Friends of the Ramona Library, Stacey Aldrich, California State Librarian, and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, representing District 2.