News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 02/10/2015
Subject :

Community Invited to Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Newly Renovated Rinconada Library
A full day of celebration and activities for all ages is planned
Contact : Eric Howard, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668
Palo Alto, CA—The City of Palo Alto will celebrate Library Lovers Month with the grand re-opening of Rinconada Library on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the newly renovated facility, 1213 Newell Road. 

On Valentine's Day, community members are invited to show their love for the library with a full day of activities planned for all ages. Activities will include library tours, including a tour of the library’s outdoor art work, live music from the Firebird Chinese Orchestra, story times, a visit from a live snake, a children’s storytelling program, exploring interesting facts about nearby trees, a talk by local author Mike Spinack about local birds, makeX, and a presentation on the Palo Alto Library’s past, present and future. Patrons can also declare their love for the library through a special craft project.

Renovations on the 56-year-old Rinconada Library, formerly Main Library, began in April 2013. In April 2014, City Council voted to rename the facility to tie into neighboring Rinconada Park, while also reflecting the history of the Rancho Rinconada del Arroyo de San Francisquito land grant that Palo Alto was founded on.

The renovation project incorporated upgrades to the historic building’s structural, electrical and mechanical systems, while preserving the integrity of architect Edwards Durrell Stone’s iconic design. The updated facility includes four new study rooms, a program room, a new lobby and public restrooms, better lighting and air conditioning, ecological and building upgrades and more.

Additionally, the library’s collection will honor its namesake by supporting the interests represented by the institutions on the Rinconada campus, including the Palo Alto Art Center, the Children’s Theater, community gardens and the Junior Museum and Zoo. It will also host a portal to the Foundation Center, a powerful resource that helps connect customers and nonprofits to funders and grants. It will also host a local author collection. 

Rinconada Library is one of five libraries and an ebranch in the Palo Alto Library system. Its library hours are Monday and Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

For more information on the new Rinconada Library, click here.