It’s not every day we get to open a brand-new library. On Saturday, September 21, we got to do precisely that—and what a nice space it is!
The new Rio Linda Library
occupies part of the recently closed Rio Linda Elementary School at 631 L Street in Rio Linda. At almost 8,000 square feet, it nearly doubles the size of the old Rio Linda Library.
There were several notable speakers in attendance, including Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan
, who helped us locate Tobacco Litigation Settlement Bond funds to help finance the new branch. She also spoke about her goal of creating an even bigger library on the property to serve the community Rio Linda community—which grew 44 percent between 2000 and 2010—along with the nearby community of Elverta.
But, this being a library event, we also had face-painting, fairies and our favorite drum and ukulele duo, Musical Robot
, performing their show Wake Up Robot!
Rio Linda Library Supervisor Sally McGrath (background); Harjinder Matharu, principle of Keema Independent High School, which shares the campus with the library; Susie Low, assistant to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson; Rio Linda Friends of the Library
President Steve Sheets; Twin Rivers School District Board
Member Bob Bastian; Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan
; and Sacramento Public Library Director Rivkah Sass.
Mabel Alverson, 80, checks out one of the computers at the opening. The new library features more computers (27) than the original Rio Linda Library had patrons when it first opened in 1916 (22).
A shot showing the size of the new space.
The Rio Linda sign comes on for the first time.
Kawena and Kekona Mattox and Rebecca Davidson consult with Happily Ever Laughter
fairies Miss Daphne and Miss Stella.