SEMINOLE HEIGHTS – While the official grand opening of the Seminole Heights Branch Library took place March 17, a free community celebration, open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday.
The event sponsored by the Friends of Seminole Heights Library will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the new library, 4711 N. Central Ave. It will feature food, entertainment, music, children's activities and tours of the facility.
Pat Benjamin, president of the Friends of Seminole Heights Library, invited about 100 elected officials, Hillsborough County staff members, community members and others to the event when she spoke at the March 17 official grand opening ceremony. She also encouraged them to shop at – and donate unwanted books to – the Friends' bookstore in the library where proceeds will help with programs at the site.
She praised the county administration, staff, architect Sol Fleischman and others for the cooperative spirit in building the $3.8 million facility on 1.2 acres.
“We as a Friends group were truly listened to in the process that brought us to this beautiful building,” said the president, whose dress pattern featured rows of books.
Founded in 1927 as one of seven city of Tampa public libraries, the Seminole Heights branch has grown into one of the busiest, said Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller who spoke as well as Commissioner Ken Hagan.
This new facility has tripled the size of the library to a two-story, 22,000-square-foot building. It features American Craftsman style architectural details familiar to the residents of Seminole Heights and includes a large community room, a second floor porch, an Innovation Studio, and the Stephen J. Gluckman Collection Room.
Hagan, the father of two young sons, said he knows “first-hand the importance of our library system.”
“Alongside churches, parks and schools, libraries help create a strong community,” he added.