Glendale resident Jenny Rangwene, a regular at the library before it closed for remodeling, is one of the first people to visit the new Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
The entrance to the Glendale Central Library opens during a grand reopening ceremony.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
A lot is happening at the library though the front desk, which is now in the middle of the library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Glendale resident John Arvizu works on his laptop in the reading area overlooking Central Park Paseo.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Khalid Waterfield, the designer who created the audio studio, puts some files together to make music at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Glendale resident Mike Eramdjian reads a book near the new north-facing entryway.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Visitors look through books in the stacks at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Library Director Cindy Cleary smiles during the grand reopening ceremony of the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Hovhannes Koshkakarian, with the Armenian Writers Assn. of California, looks through the first printed edition of the Armenian newspaper Burakn.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Newly-elected Glendale Councilman Vrej Agajanian holds up the ribbon just cut to celebrate the reopening of the library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Children and their guardians hit tubes on their hands as they learn about rhythm at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
A short presentation to announce the reopening of the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Peoeple gather for a ribbon cutting at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Glendale resident Mary Mullen picks up a small stack of books on crocheting at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
A magician entertains school childrent at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
Glendale Mayor Paula Devine points out some of the highlights at the Glendale Central Library.(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)
After a nearly two-year project, the Glendale Central Library celebrated its grand reopening Monday with a full day of events and programs showcasing a building designed to carry itself into the future.
Beginning in July 2015, the library underwent a $15-million renovation that left different portions of it open to the public until a complete closure this past Sept. 1. Library officials set out to overhaul the building into a modern, state-of-the-art facility for the community.
From 9:30 a.m. until late in the evening on Monday, residents were treated to events every hour showcasing the library’s latest upgrades, including an enhanced auditorium, where guest authors were featured, playful activities in the renovated children’s room, workshops in the new MakerSpace, where workshops for arts and crafts will be held, as well as a new Remembrance Room, which explores the impacts of human-rights atrocities.
Mayor Paula Devine, along with others responsible for the Central Library’s renovation, opened the day’s activities with expressions of appreciation to numerous behind-the-scenes individuals. Devine called the renovated library one of the most dynamic facilities of its kind.
“It has been such a joy, as mayor, to watch this project unfold. I want to thank everyone involved … in making this happen,” Devine said. “You have given this community an incredible, reimagined landmark.”
Speakers included Debra Gerod, project architect, Loni Zuschlag, construction project manager, Joylene Wagner, president of the Glendale Library Foundation, Elise Kalfayan, president of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, and Cindy Cleary, the city’s director of library, arts and culture .
Cleary said the redesign of the public facility brings the function of the library into the 21st century. Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Cleary also expressed her appreciation for Glendale residents for their patience, and she emphasized that the library is a gift to them.
“It really has taken a village of dedicated people with a passion for this project to turn many people’s dreams into a reality,” Cleary said.
Among the building renovations are earthquake retrofitting, the main entrance moved from the east to the north, reorganized structures to allow daylight to flood the new “reading spa” with a view of Central Park and installation of an elevator.
Seventy computers linked by high-speed broadband Internet and new Wi-Fi-enabled conference rooms also bring the previously aging infrastructure into the 21st century.
Central Library reopening events and programs will be held all year long.
For more information, visit glendaleLAC.org