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By Christina Wise, Press Banner. Photo credit: Christina Wise Strolling through the interior of Felton’s new library, one is struck by the openness, warmth and hominess of the building. Butterflies flit across the check-out desk and children’s area as walls patterned...

Felton Library Grand Opening February 22 a Great Success!

The Grand Opening Celebration for the New Felton Library on February 22, 2020 was a wonderful success! Pictured above, Assemblymember Mark Stone, Supervisor Bruce McPherson, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo launched our celebration! Grand Opening for the Discovery Park is planned for May 2, 2020. Together the new Felton Library and Discovery Park create a community hub for exploration and lifelong learning, both inside and outside. Environmental education in the park enhances library programming. Park programming gives real world meaning to the discovery and research in the library. Both worlds will enrich the other creating a unique resource in our community. 

The project is more than just a building.

This project consists of the new, 9,000 square foot library and the adjoining Felton Discovery Park on 2.1 acres of land owned by the county. The linkage of libraries with outdoor spaces is a growing national trend. It expands library programming through environmental education and enriches park programming through the library’s many resources for reading, research, and discovery. The new library includes comfortable reading areas, free computers/Wi-Fi, a teen/multipurpose room, a children’s library area and a community room.

To facilitate environmental learning and exploration of the adjacent park, the library offers microscopes, special collections on nature, and supplies for discovering the outdoors. The park, just a few steps from the library’s patio, features accessible paths, native and pollinator plantings, benches, a watershed relief map, a human sundial, musical instruments and places for children to explore. It promotes environmental learning through interpretive displays and programming by County Parks, the library, and community organizations.

Safe and secure? Check.

Unlike existing parks and public spaces, the new library and nature park were developed from the ground up, prioritizing today’s needs for safety and security. Both library and park incorporate strategies and design features for optimal security. Safety. Issues of potential concern were identified and addressed early in the process by a task force comprised of community members, library staff, Santa Cruz County Parks staff, and the County Sheriff’s department.

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