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Columbus Library re-opening Sunday

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Columbus Library re-opening Sunday

The Eckstrom-Columbus Library will reopen Sunday after being closed for renovations for eight months.

The East 22nd Street library was expanded from 11,000 square feet to 16,000 feet, providing guests with an open floor plan with plenty of seating. A second meeting room, two study rooms and space for 51 public computers were also added, library spokeswoman Kenya Johnson said in a press release.

An expanded children's selection will also be available, as will an assortment of DVDs and popular materials for teens and young adults, she said.

The renovation project cost $1.9 million, and was completed months ahead of schedule because a temporary library space was opened near 29th Street and Columbus Boulevard, Johnson said.

A reopening ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the library, 4350 E. 22nd Street.

Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ramón Valadez will emcee the event. Former Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom will speak at the ceremony, as will the library branch manager and executives.

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