The City of San Jose has opened a new library in the Seven Trees Community and held its dedication ceremony on January 26. “We would not be here if it weren’t for the many sacrifices that were made by the people who work in the San Jose Public Library System,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “Many had to take pay cuts in order to make this happen. The employees of the San Jose Public Library System also worked hard to bring the latest technologies to this library. Thousands of years of human progress is available to the people who live in the Seven Trees Community as well as other parts of San Jose. This is our gift to the future.”
Following the dedication ceremony, residents were able to obtain library cards and enjoy full use of the library. Some went on tours, while others took their children to get their faces painted or to listen to a story.
The 15,567 sq. ft. library features a living room with a fireplace, Tech Center, Group Study Rooms, a large quiet study room, Teen Room, a Family Learning Center, and more seating, collections, and computers than the old library. Public art at the library features artwork by San José-based artists Samuel Rodriguez and Matthew Rodriguez titled “Potential”.
The entire second floor at the Seven Trees Community Center is dedicated to the library, which features an open layout with plenty of natural light.
The new library will also feature a Family Learning Center with innovative programs and services for families and individuals to improve literacy and life skills.
On-site parking will accommodate 216 vehicles, in addition to nearby street parking.
San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen was also at the dedication ceremony.
“This is one of four libraries that will be opening this year and it would not have been made possible without the contributions of some of our sponsors including Wal-Mart,” Nguyen said. “Our PR departments and our architects have also done a creative job making this library become a reality.”
Nguyen said she could not wait to bring her daughter to the new library so that she could take advantage of all that it had to offer. “This new library will be like a second home for her and other children of this community,” Nguyen said. The Seven Trees Library is located at 3590 Cas Drive in San Jose.