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Central Library Reopens to the Public

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Officials pull on a giant ribbon during dedication ceremonies at the main library in St. Louis on December 9, 2012. .UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Officials pull on a giant ribbon during dedication ceremonies at the main library in St. Louis on December 9, 2012. .UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Hundreds came through the doors of Central Library in downtown St. Louis, Sunday afternoon, to see “first-hand” the $70 million worth of restoration to the hundred-year-old building.

Library director Waller McGuire opened the doors to the public for the first time since June 2010, “Central Library isn’t finished yet. It’ll never be finished. There will always be new possibilities and new ideas. But, it is full of amazing things now, and there’s something for everybody inside.”

Mayor Francis Slay called Central Library one of his favorite buildings in the world, “This exquisite restoration is a testament to the value we have as a community in our education, in learning, in access to information, and of course to our beautiful architecture.”

The facility is in Alderwoman Phyllis Young’s ward, ” The library is a place for all of us to come for pleasure. It is also a place that allows for equalization. Anyone can come here and learn what they want if they take the time.”

 

 

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