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Strike up the band; library is opening

The Largo Public Library grand opening includes a ribbon-cutting, music, storytelling and a chance to browse and munch.

By Times Staff Writer
Published July 31, 2005

It's finally here, the grand opening of your new $21-million Largo Public Library at 120 Central Park Drive. Largo High School Band of Gold will play patriotic songs, and Rep. C.W. Bill Young will speak during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. today. Or come later and enjoy storytelling, costumed storybook characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and puppet shows throughout the day. The library closes at 5 p.m.

While you're browsing the stacks, be sure to:

Bring your laptop and surf the (wireless) Internet.

Brave the heat and check out the courtyard's mini amphitheater and gazebo.

Munch on a panini sandwich from Bookmark Cafe and sip a mocha frost or Creamsicle smoothie.

Curl up with a book in a quiet reading room.

Count the animals painted on murals in the children's area.

Look up to find the painted hanging turtle named Clover, wire butterflies and flowers.

Pore over the second-largest genealogy collection in the state.

Watch TV and listen to music in the Teen Room.

Then curl up in a glass study nook and get a bird-eye's view of patrons walking into the entrance area.

Go high-tech: Use a self-checkout unit or sign up for one of more than 100 public computers.

[Last modified July 31, 2005, 01:32:21]

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