The word on San Diego's latest open door in its civic collection won the day among average locals, and out of town visitors, in a long line, Saturday at 11 am while the first tour takers found a favorite place to enjoy in the library lay out. Local education leaders' labor of love was over. At least enough to do the opening honors. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria had the master of ceremonies mike at the dedication ceremony on a stage, just south, off K Street.
San Diego's Central Library stood over nine stories high above the main entrance on Park Boulevard. During the naming ceremony, attended by civic models, and funer Irwin Jacobs, Gloria dedicated the building for the people of the town, saying remember "it belongs to you." Next patrons in were walking in the main door one after another. A slow moving line quickly surrounded the downtown blocks north of K Street shaded by the epic sized library and the nearby tall buildings. After noon, the line had stretched up the boulevard and around the Island Avenue corner.
Stories told in time honored words and songs streamed into the 11th Avenue street, onthe other side of the library, out of booths run by the local people with the classic learning spirit. Book benefactors and children's helpers. Celebrations of the tales that will be told downtown in the East Village had begun.
Check outs started Monday morning during the 9 hour. Seven library collection stories in the building, two days after being looked over, offer more topics in paper volumes and on electronc copy than San Diegans can take away from the library grounds. The work using the automated back room conveyorthat can handle 4,000 books a day to sort returned books for reshelving begins.
Patrons had one day Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm, to take a trip through learning floors not filled by the regular crowds of readers and the meeters gathered together in one of the many civic places on the library paths. And the line stayed long. In the 2 pm hour, the tour line stilled passed J Street's signal light intersection up Park Boulevard.
Word stories are not the only learning engagement visitors passed by downtown on 11th Avenue. On the K Street stage, flamenco dancers showed their musical work done to give watchers lessons on a story of local Spanish life.
The block streets were a field of learning opportunities. Children visited Curious George onthe avenue to learn a golden rule on making looking into the thousands of publications in the Central Library an important thing to do.
Traffic had stopped downtown that day. Not just for the well known honored guests, like former mayor Jerry Sanders and county supervisor Greg Cox, but for the humble average San Diegans who have a genuine love for learning. An over 200 million dollar cost paid to build the San Diego Central Library gave the town an opportunity to take a trip to see the people's library.
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