County Chief Executive,
Allegheny Regional Asset District
Join Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
to Re-Open Main Library
Community Day Celebrates $4.1 Million Library Renovation and RAD's 10th Anniversary
(Pittsburgh, PA - Tuesday, September 28, 2004) Following the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's successful library renovations in Homewood, Brookline and Hazelwood, Library officials will unveil the $4.1 million Main Library renovations on Sunday, October 3, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community day celebration. The event will also commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Allegheny Regional Asset District. An estimated 4,000 customers and area residents are expected to check out the Library at the re-opening event which is free and runs from noon to 5 p.m.
Improvements to the Carnegie-built Main Library opened in 1895 represent the latest milestone in the Library system's first-ever Capital Improvement Program. A vibrant Teens area, new multimedia informational displays, an indoor and outdoor reading deck, a new Library Shop and a café are among the key features of the Main Library First Floor renovation.
The initiative is an important component of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's comprehensive effort to transform all 18 city-based branches and the Main Library. The Library's evolution presents a whole new way of thinking about libraries with all changes based on better serving customer needs and interests.
According to Library Director Herb Elish, "Libraries are places where all people, regardless of their age or economic status, can access the world's information and stimulate their imaginations. These improvements represent a whole new way of thinking about libraries - with everything focused around our customer's needs. Remaining true to this idea, we are looking forward to offering new and better library services for another 100-plus years."
Allegheny Regional Asset District Board Chairman Daniel J. Griffin and County Chief Executive Dan Onorato will offer congratulations during the ribbon-cutting ceremony which will begin at 11:40 a.m.
By the end of 2004, the Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD) will have reinvested $1.3 billion in the region's public libraries, parks, museums, cultural organizations, major regional facilities and local municipal services such as roads and police. Overall, nearly 60 percent of ARAD's funding has gone to venues such as libraries that are free to the public. The initial funds for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Capital Improvement Program were generated through a bond issue backed by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
"Libraries serve as a primary resource for lifelong learning. We salute the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for building the foundation for a bright future," said RAD Chairman Daniel J. Griffin.
County Executive Dan Onorato said, "The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is an extraordinary library system. I am pleased to join its staff, volunteers, patrons, and administrators as we celebrate the library's grand re-opening. I salute and thank the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for continuing to enrich our community."
For more information on the October 3 free community day celebration sponsored by PNC Advisors and PNC Grow up Great, please call 412-622-8872 or see the Event Schedule. Learn more about the Library's Capital Improvement Program.