Cone Park library marks first year
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.
The Cone Park Branch Library is having a first birthday party and the community is invited to come, have fun and eat some cake.
What: The first birthday celebration of the Cone Park Branch Library.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Cone Park Branch Library, 2841 E. University Ave.
Information: Call 352-334-0720.
The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds behind the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave., adjacent to the library, which will be open for patrons.
"It's an outdoor event," said Heather Sostrom, manager at Cone Park library. She said there will be remarks from Shaney Livingston, director of the Alachua County Library District; Paula Delaney, an Alachua County commissioner and chairperson of the Alachua County Library District Board of Directors, and Vivian L. Filer, chairperson of the Alachua County Library District Board of Trustees. Gainesville city Commissioner Yvonne Hinson-Rawls will make a special presentation to a top youth reader, who also is a Cone Park library patron.
The entertainment will include liturgical music and dancing by The Salvation Army Youth Choir, the LaVern Porter Dancers, juggling by the Jongleur Jugglers, balloon art by Magic Mike, Special Event Twirlers, a Zumba demonstration by Natasha Lee, rap by local youth, arts and crafts and games.
There also will be a bicycle safety presentation by Dekova Batey, coordinator of the city of Gainesville Bicycle/Pedestrian Program. Music also will be provided by a disc jokey from A.T.M. Too Supreme DJ.
Livingston said in a press release that by working together with the city of Gainesville, area schools, churches, organizations and businesses, the library is expanding opportunities and improving this community.
"Cone Park Branch is another opportunity for the Library District to serve the citizens in our community," said Livingston. "We're excited that east Gainesville has embraced our library services and programs so enthusiastically. We look forward to serving more people with more services and programs as we build a permanent, larger facility in 2013."
Local organizations that will be on hand will consist of the Gainesville Police Department, the Cultural Arts Coalition, Compassionate Outreach Ministries, Alachua County Waste Management, Alachua County Beekeepers Club, CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services Inc., River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, and others.
"Our goal is to commemorate our first year of service and to invite others to learn about the library and the community agencies that have helped us through this year to make an impact here in east Gainesville." said Sostrom.
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