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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2007
CONTACT: Media and Communications
951.413.3053

Storefront Library to close permanently February 11
Main Library on Alessandro reopens April 2

The Moreno Valley Main Library on Alessandro Boulevard, which was closed a year ago due to water and mold damage, has been cleaned and repaired, and will re-open to the public in early April, 2007. The Storefront Library on Sunnymead Boulevard, which provided limited library services while the main library was shuttered, will close permanently on Sunday, February 11. Library patrons may return materials through the book drop at the Storefront Library until February 28.

“We need to close the Storefront Library because all staff resources will be needed for packing and moving back into the Main Library,” said Library Director Cynthia Pirtle. “We believe the move will take approximately 33 working days,” she said.

While staff is busy unpacking and reshelving books and setting up furniture and equipment in preparation for the reopening of the Main Library, located at 25480 Alessandro Boulevard, library patrons may obtain books from the Bookmobile on Fridays, Saturdays and half-day Mondays. The Bookmobile will be located in the Moreno Valley Plaza near the current storefront location, at 23591-A Sunnymead Boulevard.

While larger than the temporary Storefront Library, the 16,000-square-foot library on Alessandro opened in 1987 to serve a population of 50,000, and is not large enough to accommodate Moreno Valley’s population of 175,000. Moreno Valley officials are continuing efforts to raise funds to build a new, larger facility in phases on the civic center campus. The first phase will be 38,000-square-feet.

For more information, please call 951.413.3880.