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Saturday’s Library Grand Opening

Kathleen Kanarski, the Branch Manager for North Village

Laura Dooley

The North Village Branch of the Austin
Public Library finally has a home to call its own. Housed in leased
space since its inception in 1971, North Village now graces a new
building at 2505 Steck Avenue, just west of Burnet.

On Saturday, May 30, the building
opened to the public to great fanfare. It’s a striking building and
is very accessible by foot, bike, or car. Neighbors started arriving
two hours in advance of the 10:00 ribbon-cutting to enjoy each
others’ company along with live music, cold drinks, and delicious
food from Boomerang’s.

John Gillum, Library Facilities
Planning Manager, has described North Village as a library for the
future. It’s built according to a bookstore model, with open,
inviting areas for meeting, browsing, and relaxing. There’s a
station for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and plenty of outlets for
plugging in laptops. Sticking with the bookstore model, Gillum said,
“Our collection is new and will be constantly refreshed. We’re
putting books on the shelf that people want to come in and grab.”