Prepared for inclement weather, the dedication of the new Spring Valley Library on Wednesday, Feb. 28, was held at Mayer High School.
The podium held Corey Christians, director of the Library District, who was the emcee for this event, along with Mayer Superintendent Dean Slaga, County Supervisor Tom Thurman, Pastor David Bilodeau and several others.
Each was enthused to voice their part in helping the community come together to finally get the library finished and ready to open. From first thought to completion, it took over a year and the cooperation of five different governing authorities, along with community volunteers.
The ceremony opened with American Legion Post 122 Color Guard posting the colors, the pledge, and the school band playing the National Anthem.
Slaga introduced Christians, who explained how things happened and who would benefit. Thurman recognized David Blasco, president of Friends of the Spring Valley Library, with a certificate. Without Friends doing fundraising, there wouldn’t be the little extras that make a library a fun place to go.
Once the dedication ceremony was completed, the group moved down the road to the actual library building where the ribbon cutting was completed and the library officially opened.
The library opens with 1,500 new books, about 100 DVDs, and several computers. The conference room, lined with a bank of floor-to-ceiling cupboards, is separated from the main room by a divider, which offers the perfect place for small community meetings, crafts activities for children, classes, and tutoring sessions.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. For now, the library will be closed on the weekends.