CORTLAND - The Cortland Library Branch will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the new location of the library at 578 Lakeview Drive.
The library closed its doors at its North High Street location on May 31.
The day's activities will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with steel drum music by Panyard at noon and children's storytime at 2 p.m. with Madonna Chism Pinkard.
The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m., with self-guided tours and refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Cortland Library.
Construction of the new 10,636-square-foot building to house the branch began in late August 2011.
Features of the new building include:
A dedicated youth programming area for storytimes and special programs;
A meeting room that will accommodate up to 40 people;
Space to increase the number of public computers from 5 to 12;
Space to increase the number of parking spaces from 32 to 80;
An energy efficient geothermal heating /cooling system.
The first branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library was opened in Cortland in 1977 and housed a bookmobile located in Willow Park. The library was later relocated to a rented house and then to the North State Street location which opened in 1984. In 1991, the branch was expanded to 4,000 square feet.
Last year, 46,826 customers visited the Cortland library.
Beginning on Monday, the library's expanded hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.
For information call 330-399-8807, Ext. 128.