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Cedar Rapids Downtown Library Opening Well Attended, Met With Enthusiasm

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - On Saturday hundreds of people in the Corridor went home with a good book after their very first visit to the new Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library.

The ribbon cutting event was well attended and met with plenty of enthusiasm. Before folks went inside, various dignitaries gave speeches and Clifford the Big Red Dog greeted young visitors with warm hugs.

"You and all the other citizens in Cedar Rapids should take ownership in this project. It's your library, it's our library, it's my library," Mayor Ron Corbett said.

The city had 1,000 pairs of commemorative scissors ready to go for young visitors to participate in the ribbon cutting. Chris McAndrew brought her nephew who loved the way things got started.

"He got to cut the ribbon, kept the scissors, kept part of the ribbon that he cut," McAndrew said.

The nearly $50 million dollar project includes a 95,000 square foot facility includes a caf, an e-book center and a rooftop terrace.

"You walk around the library today and everybody just has a huge smile on their face and it just says a lot about how important the library is gonna be to Cedar Rapids," McAndrew said.

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