October 23, 2001
Grand Opening! Grand Turnout! - October 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Nearly 1,000 Attendees at Harrison Branch Library's Debut
THE GRAND OPENING: As magnificent inside as it is on the outside, the new Harrison Branch Library opened in grand style before a grand turnout of nearly 1,000 attendees on October 16. A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony began at 4:00 p.m. as Library Board of Trustees President and Master of Ceremonies Charles D. Lindberg welcomed attendees and introduced them to the library system's largest branch. Joining him and the other Library Trustees and staff members were Hamilton County Auditor and guest speaker Dusty Rhodes, Harrison Mayor Daniel J. Gieringer, who delivered his response to the community, project architects Joan Wertenberger and Jay Derenthal; local elected officials, business and civic leaders; and students, families and individuals.
As part of the ceremony, the Harrison High School Chorus sang a heart-felt rendering of the National Anthem. A festive Grand Opening reception, featuring strolling clowns and balloon animal creations by Rainbow Entertainment, along with lively music by Harrison High School Jazz Band, followed. Grilled hotdogs, fresh popcorn, and refreshments were on hand adding flavor to everyone's day.
THE NEW FACILITY: Designed by Champlin/Haupt Architects, the impressive 16,000-sq.-ft. building (at the corner of New Haven Road and Carolina Trace) is state-of-the-art. Architecturally organized around three separate and prominent spaces illuminated by double-height windows, it houses the library system's first Teen Room with materials specifically for grades 6 through 12; a Kid's Corner with a PC-Pal interactive CD-ROM station; and an Adult Reading Room with comfortable seating. These well-planned sections make accessing the library's extensive collection of 80,000 plus capacity effortless. A separate reference desk provides added convenience, as does the Library's handy, drive-up service window and ample parking. The dramatic interior combines an open floor plan with abundant natural light and an inviting color scheme. A mix of limestone, concrete block, aluminum, glass and steel framing create an aesthetically appealing look yet provide functional efficiency.
With four times the floor space as the former branch, there's more of everything for everyone including 30 public computers with Internet access and significantly expanded collections featuring: more bestsellers, more audiobooks on both CD and cassette, a separate mystery collection, an expanded large print, over 200 magazine titles, even copies of the Harrison Press dating back to 1871.
Library Firsts & Fun Grand Opening Facts:
Steady flow of attendees for opening with at least 1,000 persons from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Most attendance ever for the opening of a branch library (breaking the Groesbeck Branch Library's record)
Average Amount of Items Checked Out:
10 items per minute
Total of Items Checked Out:
Library Card Applications:
124 library card applications were filled out by persons from five different counties during the opening
Grand Opening Staff:
Over 22 staff members working at the service desk and on the floor
18 pounds (as fast as it could be popped with the Library's new popcorn maker) Also, over 500 hotdogs consumed
Over 400 children received "I Love My Library" balloons
Traffic lined up for over two hours in all directions to get into the Library with police directing traffic at the intersection and parking lot entrances
Time Last Customer Left:
The Next Day:
Over 50 customers waiting in line to get inside the Library at 9:00 a.m. the next day after the Grand Opening, even though it doesn't open 'til 10:00 a.m.
First Story Hour:
Wednesday, October 17 at 10:30 a.m. 55 kids attended
Special Thanks to the Following� for providing contributions to the Harrison Branch Library for the Grand Opening and beyond.
Grand SponsorFrank Messer & Sons Construction Co.
Grand PatronAvenue Fabricating, Inc.
PatronGeiger Construction Products, Inc.
SponsorsJohn Heyob Oil Co.
ContributorsBentley Koepke, Inc.
Donations of Flowers & FoodHeirlooms & Blooms Florist