Grand Opening Event

Stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters and members of the community heralded the grand opening of the new Scotts Valley library on June 18. Following speeches by city Council member Jim Reed, Mayor Dene Bustichi, Library Director Teresa Landers, and President of the Friends of the Library Scotts Valley chapter Elizabeth Walch, community residents rushed inside, eager to see the interior of the library. There were plenty of smiles and words of praise as everyone viewed the children’s and teen’s areas, the fireplace meeting room, artwork by local artists, and all the other new features.

As people began streaming into the building, many paused to find their names on the bricks that create a colorful inlay at the entryway. The bricks were a part of the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Scotts Valley library and contributed to the nearly $200,000 that was raised to upgrade the library’s interior.

The Kiwanis provided a BBQ, booths were set up in the parking lot with food, facepainting and crafts for children. Inside, over 1000 community members visited the new library and nearly 100 registered for a library card, 25 people become a member of Friends of the Library, and many made a charitable donation to the Friends of the Library.