City to open new Highland Hills Branch Library Saturday


Oct. 15, 2014                                                    Kraig Willis – Dallas Public Library

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City to open new Highland Hills Branch Library Saturday;
The branch will house 40,000 books, DVDs audiobooks and CDs


Dallas – The new Highland Hills replacement Branch Library will open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 18 at 6200 Bonnie View Road. The new branch replaces the old facility at 3624 Simpson Stuart Road, built in 1979.


The opening will include family entertainment, including a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog, Book giveaways, snacks, games, crafts and balloon animals for kids, plus information on literacy, Cease the Grease, recycling and library card signup.


“We’re very gratified to open our new replacement branch library for the Highland Hills community,” said Director of Libraries Jo Giudice. “The community really deserves this new branch, which is twice as big with more space to collaborate, learn, entertain and serve the neighborhood.”


The city’s 28th branch library is designed to achieve Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, with energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, a ground source heat pump system, indoor air quality control, water-wise landscaping and use of local building materials. Other features include 24 public computers, WiFi access, self-checkout stations, an expanded auditorium and classrooms with state of the art audio visual equipment for community activities.


A new public art installation created by artist Letitia Huckaby will also be unveiled at the opening.
The work consists of glass panels of red, blue, yellow and green, which coalesce with outlines of community members fused in the glass panels above the library’s main entrance.


Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins, Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata, Director of Libraries Jo Giudice and Office of Cultural Affairs Assistant Director David Fisher will speak at the ceremony.


The Dallas Public Library operates the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 28 branch locations, and two bookmobiles. A library card is free for any Dallas resident. For information on the many free programs and services available at the Dallas Public Library visit