The community celebrates Saturday with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., followed by tours and free hot dogs, chips, and drinks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., courtesy of construction company Robins & Morton and Friends of the Library.
She is also handing out goodie bags with items such as bookmarks with the new name.
“The opening of the new Opelika Public Library will be another important day in the life of our community,” said Mayor Gary Fuller. “It’s a beautiful new facility and we can’t wait for people to see the inside.”
The new library is a one-story, 25,000 square meter building with an auditorium for up to 250 people, two smaller conference rooms for 30 to 50 people, two group study rooms and four individual rooms.
McGinnis, whom Fuller calls “one of America’s best library directors,” said the library has adult, teen, and children’s departments, as well as a genealogy department, a computer room, areas to sit and read, and places to enjoy a cup of coffee .
The library also has a small family computer room that can accommodate up to five people at a time. This supplement was introduced for parents who are concerned about their children’s computer usage.
Fuller said the architecture and design of the library outside and inside are great features of the new building. In addition to the indoor area, the new library also has an outdoor pavilion with a wonderful view.