Cedar Rapids Downtown Library Finally Back

By Chris Earl, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The flood of 2008 destroyedthe Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown building 62 months ago.

The last 5 years have been patchwork for the Cedar Rapids Public Library -- from a destroyed downtown building to the first floor of Westdale Mall to the new Ladd Library on Williams Boulevard.

Yet the last 5 years has also seen meticulous planning for Saturday's return downtown.

So many came out this morning for the formal dedication of the $46 million library, across the street from Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Library materials arrived throughout the summer to be ready for check out today.

This Saturday may be the only day people won't get "shushed" at the library -- as the enthusiasm spills through.

Gladys Yanez is a parent who remembers the old library -- and the 5-year gap until now.

"We went all over the city, we went to the Hiawatha Library, we went to find different place to find outlets for them, school libraries. More out of place. It was. Not having a large, central library was difficult for the kids but we were able to find some resources throughout the city," she said.

The library project did come in about $3 million dollars under budget.

For those who may want to "check it out" on Sunday, the downtown library will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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