Cedar Rapids Library Opens after 5 Years

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By Ben Hoppenworth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Public Library was devastated by the floods of 2008. Now, a new state of the art library has opened up downtown replacing the old one.

Brand new books are covering the shelves and areas dedicated to children and teenager are nearly double the size of what was in the old library.

In addition, there is a rooftop garden, a large auditorium, and a number of meeting rooms for public use. Library Director Bob Pasicynyuck says a lot of the inspiration for the new facility comes from public input.

"We had teens working in the teen space, moms working in that space, performers in our auditorium. And other libraries told us their stories, what worked and what didn't work," said Pasicynyuck.

The library opens up Saturday Morning with an official ribbon cutting. Guided tours will go through the building on 4th Avenue, just across the street from Greene Square Park.

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