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Friends Of The Valley Center Library celebrate remodeled children's area, annual meeting



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The children's area of the Vallley Center Library will be dedicated to Sandy Puccio on April 12. Puccio was the library's Branch Manager for seven years before passing away in 2012.
April 02, 2014
"Whenever we are in the library, we see families enjoying the space," says Marian Klein, President of the Friends of the Valley Center Library. "The furnishings are colorful and comfortable. The new book displays are inviting. We are especially proud of the tween area, a vibrant diner booth and laptop counter sized for older children."

Klein is talking about the newly remodeled children's area of the Valley Center Library – a project that took four years of fundraising and planning. The Friends of the Valley Center Library, District 5 Supervisor Bill Horn, and San Diego County Library will celebrate with a ribbon cutting and dedication on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The celebration is being held in tandem with the Friends' annual meeting and will feature remarks by Supervisor Horn and County Library Director José Aponte. Also on tap, a ventriloquist performance, characters from the local Red Throne Events, refreshments, and other activities. All ages, and especially children, are welcome to attend this event.

The children's area will be dedicated to Sandy Puccio, who was the library's Branch Manager for seven years before passing away in 2012. Puccio was committed to providing excellent library service to the Valley Center community, especially to children, offering many lively themed programs.

"It is fitting that we whose motto is people build libraries, libraries build communities delineate this space to just such a person, Sandy Puccio," said Aponte.

"I love the library in Valley Center," said Horn. "It is a valuable community resource in a central location with a great view. I was happy to help pay for improvements to the children's area with a $25,000 grant. The new flooring, interior finishes, and learning equipment will make the library a place children will love to visit."

The Friends kicked off the project in 2010 with the award of a matching Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant from Horn that allowed for the development of a new layout and the purchase of new furnishings. In 2012, to fund the tween area, the Friends launched a successful fundraising campaign in the community. Thanks to Friends members and the significant contributions of local community service organizations and Native American tribes, the tween area was installed. Finally, in late 2012 and 2013 there were contributions in memory of Sandy Puccio and the Friends were awarded a second Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant by Horn to complete the area with new carpeting, paint, and other upgrades.

"This project was made possible by the alignment of the community, the Friends, staff, and our elected – Supervisor Bill Horn," said Deputy Director Susan Moore. "This new space will provide endless opportunities for exploration and engagement, tying together our past, present, and future. It is the perfect homage to Sandy and the passion she brought to our organization."

The children's area remodel included relocated stacks to create spaces for younger readers and tweens, new furniture, "mommy and me" couches, tween booth, reading loveseats, tables, paint and wall graphics, carpet, laptop bar, remodeled storytime room, and way-finding signage.

For more information about the children's library remodel and the celebration being held in April, contact the Friends of the Library at friends@vcfol.org.

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