The highly anticipated new Topanga Library, located at 122 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, will celebrate its grand opening and dedication on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
Commencing at 11 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., the day-long festivities will include an open house and special programming with music and refreshments for the entire family.
The 11,000 square foot, LEED Silver-certified new Topanga Library will serve as the centerpiece of the Topanga community. The library is designed to reflect the town’s rich intellectual, literary and artistic traditions and provide an inspirational showcase for Topanga’s passionate commitment to lifelong learning.
The new library will offer ample parking, spacious reading areas, and a community meeting room, homework center, group study room, teen center and children’s area with outside reading patio. Separate adult and children’s sections feature state-of-the-art technology, self-checkout stations, online computer terminals, free WiFi access for laptops and other mobile devices, and an opening day collection of 42,000 books and materials.
The building is decorated with several distinctive civic art pieces by the internationally renowned sculptor Norman Grochowski. It is the largest commission for the library, comprising three nine-foot painted steel flowers whose petals are open books. Complementing the flowers are steel vines winding their way through a trellis as dragonflies hover above. Other notable contributors to the Topanga library artwork include brothers Matt and Paul Doolin, Megan Rice and James Sullivan.
The Topanga Library becomes the newest community library of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system. For more information, please call (562) 940-8559 or visit the County Library Web site.