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Media Advisory: Lofty Idea Now Reality
4/19 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -
Squirrel Hill Grand Opening Celebration

Press Contact:
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(412) 578-2458
(412) 688-8609 (fax)

For Immediate Release


  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's trustees and staff, plus Allegheny Regional Asset District Chairman Charles Zappala, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, City of Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, City Councilman Doug Shields and guests


  On Tuesday, April 19, 2005, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh invites the community to celebrate extensive improvements to the bustling Squirrel Hill location. The $4.7 million neighborhood reinvestment will provide customers with the resources needed to compete in the knowledge economy. The Grand Opening event, presented by Fifth Third Bank, is a much-anticipated culmination of renovations designed to make the library a comfortable, convenient getaway in the heart of the community. The event is free and includes activities for the whole family. For information on the Grand Opening, call 412-622-8872.


  Tuesday, April 19, 2005
3:30 - 7:00 p.m. (3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Remarks and Balloon Drop)


  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill 5802 Forbes Avenue (Forbes and Murray Avenues)

About the Project:

The open, urban loft-like design by Pittsburgh-based architect Art Lubetz is flexible and accommodating. Lubetz converted an underutilized limestone terrace to interior space yielding an additional 7,000 square feet. Features of the project are the NAMM Business Center, a new area for teens, expanded children's area, as well as improved meeting and group study rooms. The project was designed to achieve LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy, Environment and Design) from the United States Green Building Council.

Serving western Pennsylvania for over a century, this is the sixth revitalization project completed by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in its first-ever Capital Improvement Program. The library's goal is to improve facilities and services for all customers.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:
A contemporary and vibrant institution, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be recognized as the region's best information resource. It will serve as an essential community anchor by promoting positive change and helping neighborhoods to flourish. By embracing the future while guarding tradition, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be a preferred destination for knowledge, entertainment and social interaction.

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