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Denver Celebrates New Library Groundbreaking

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The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Denver Public Library at Colfax and Irving. (credit: CBS)

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Denver Public Library at Colfax and Irving. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- Denver is celebrating a new library with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and City Librarian Shirley Amore were among those who broke ground for a new library at Colfax and Irving.

When the facility is finished it will be a 28,000 square foot, two-story state-of-the-art building.

The community participated in the final design of the building which includes flexible spaces for classes and gatherings.

The main level will showcase multi functional Community Learning Plaza for classes, meetings, presentations, and community gatherings for up to 100 people. The children’s area will feature space for arts and crafts, kid’s technology and a story time tower that hosts artist Ethan Jacksons work.

The second level will feature a technology space with 50 computer stations, an adult reading alcove, interactive and individual teen spaces, study rooms, and a second meeting room for 20 people.

All of this is centered around an outdoor reading room, providing a respite from the city and a three story plenum Wall that behaves like a light and air filter for the building and its occupants.

The $12.6 million West Denver Branch Library is funded by the voter approved Better Denver Bond Program. The Branch Library is the third library to be constructed with bond funding.

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