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News Release - February 15, 2008

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2008

Contact: Sherri Eng (415) 557-4282

seng@sfpl.org

Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library Reopens March 8

Renovated branch features new teen area, improved children's room and a new elevator

Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, City Librarian Luis Herrera and members of the community will open the doors to the newly renovated Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library on March 8. Lion dancers, musicians and children's entertainers will join in the festive celebration, which starts at 1 p.m. Library services begin at 2 p.m.

Visitors to this historic Carnegie building will enjoy new accessible restrooms, a designated teen area, an improved children's room, a revamped program room, a new elevator, new lighting fixtures, and new and restored furniture. In addition to receiving these improvements, the branch also underwent a major seismic retrofitting. The library is now seismically safe, fully accessible and technologically updated with new computers and free WiFi access to the Internet.

San Francisco-based architectural firm Carey & Co. Inc. designed the branch renovation and the Department of Public Works managed the project. Project costs totaled $5.7 million.

Located at 451 Jersey St. (near Castro), Noe Valley is the eighth branch to be renovated or built through the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $106 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000.

Over the past four years, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library has been working in partnership with neighborhood residents and community members to raise funds, awareness and support for the branch improvements. The Noe Valley Library Campaign Committee has raised almost $200,000 of the $500,000 that Friends has committed to pay for the furnishings, fixtures and equipment in the renovated branch-expenses not covered by the bond.

For more information, please call (415) 557-4277, or visit www.sfpl.org.

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