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COMMUNITY READS: Capitol Hill Library reopens bigger and better, following renovations

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Soon, the shelves of Capitol Hill Library will be filled with books.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Capitol Hill Library, 327 S.W. 27th , has been closed for over a year as massive amounts of renovations were made to bring the decades-old building into the 21st century, ready to be the ultimate community hub in the historic neighborhood for years to come.

“Capitol Hill has always been a busy library,” Kim Terry, Director of Marketing & Communications said.

“This summer, even at our temporary location, we almost tripled the amount of people who participated in our summer reading program. The work we’ve done has been amazing and will serve the community in ways we were never able to before.”

Aside from a few structural details, Terry said the library was essentially “completely rebuilt,” adding about 9,000 square feet to the building. In addition to a new book collection, they’ve also added numerous new computers, including four in the children’s library and four in the teen area. And with the extra add-on of numerous study rooms that offer more privacy and quiet for students, Terry believes that Capitol Hill will be the example for future library renovations.

“I especially think the additional computers are going to be a huge benefit for the community,” Terry said. “Also, we have really expanded the children’s area and teen area; we get a lot of school kids because Capitol Hill Elementary is just right down the street, so this is really going to help them with their afterschool studies, in addition to the programs we’ll be having.”

The Grand Re-opening of the Capitol Hill Library will be Thursday, October 5th at 3 p.m.

Festivities include performances by the Capitol Hill High School Band, the Lee Elementary Choir, Juggle Whatever, and Animal Transformers with the Oklahoma City Zoo. Additionally, there will be face painting and refreshments on hand, as well as prizes and giveaways for the whole family. The event is free and open to the entire community.

“Libraries are so important to today’s community,” Terry added. “Everyone always says “Are libraries really relevant today when everyone just buys their books online?” but they are relevant and will stay relevant because there will always be a need for a community center that’s family friendly. It’s a public building, so anyone can come in, use the library, check out the books…we’re always going to be relevant, especially in the Capitol Hill community because it’s such a family-oriented community that emphasizes education.”

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