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James A. Hoffman remembers as a child getting his first Dr. Seuss book at the East Moline Public Library. He remembers turning 12 and being allowed to check out books for adult readers. And on Monday, Sept. 12, he added another memory – the official grand opening of the library in its new home at 745 16th Ave., East Moline, in the remodeled former TBK Bank building. More than 100 people attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the library in the new Louis E. Woodworth Public Library building.
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- The new library building has about 20,000 square feet of usable space, said Ms. Long. In its old building, the library hosted more than 100,000 patrons a year. The new, bigger facility is expected to increase its use by 25%, according to the library’s website.
- One of the unique features to located on the first floor is the former bank vault, which has been turned into a teen meeting room, complete with a TV and seating area. During a tour of the room on Monday, one visitor jokingly asked: “Is that the safe zone?”
- The second floor of the new library features a study room, meeting area, computer stations, magazines, DVD movies and music CDs.
- The library basement has more meeting areas, more books, seating areas and tables.