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The New Shasta County Library

02/01/2007 01:21PM ● Published by Brandi Barnett

One for the Books

February 2007
By Teresa Wilson

The new Shasta County library is nearing completion and is scheduled for a March 3 grand opening with a number of festivities planned. The most significant event is the “passing of books” that will require the help of nearly 2,500 volunteers.

“We are hoping to get all ages, from toddlers to seniors for the book passing,” said Peggy O’Lea, executive director of the Shasta Library Foundation.

Symbolizing the transition fromold-to-new, volunteers will line the streets of Redding passing books from the old library to the new location more than 1¾miles away. Volunteers who wish to participate in the passing of books event must register online at the library web site ( This event will be followed by a formal dedication and open house celebration.

New Library Now, the fund-raising organization behind the new facility, received a $1million donation from the McConnell Foundation for the “opening day collection.” The funds will be used to expand the library collection.

“Our community has struggled for many years to provide consistent quality library services and with the opening of the new library, we are going to have a wonderful community resource that will be appreciated and used by all ages throughout Shasta County,” said O’Lea.

The new library is an environmentally friendly two-story facility, designed by LPA, Inc. Architects, that encompasses more than 55,000 square feet. A unique vegetative roof rests above the children’s area designed to create a meadow view while gazing out the second-story window toward Mt. Shasta. Along with the green roof design, the library was built with Redding’s extreme temperatures in mind, keeping window exposure to the north and south.

The dedicated teen space is laden with comfy furniture and computers. The children’s area is three times the size than it was at the previous location with an enclosed outdoor garden area, lined paths and large boulders inviting children to climb and explore.

There are more than books, children’s story-time and a genealogy center. Now Library goers can enjoy a cup of coffee while relaxing in the café or on the patio adjacent to the building.

There are several new conference rooms and meeting accommodations available for community use and a state-of-the art radio frequency identification system (RFID) implemented to make managing the collection much easier.

With a teen space, children’s area and coffee house, the new library has a little something for everyone.

The new Shasta County library is located at 1100 Parkview Avenue with expanded hours to better serve the community. For more information, please visit the library web site at

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