Tonight was the dedication for the new Central Arkansas Library’s Children’s Library on 12th street. The Doors open at 10:00 am tomorrow morning. You, like me, may have been watching the new library slowly being built as you were whizzing by on I-630. But if you have heard anything about the Library and its goals, you know how exciting it is.
I won’t try to explain all the great things this Library will accomplish for Little Rock, for 12th st and for Children across the city, but you can click on the link below to read KUAR’s story about it. This will be a game changer for Little Rock south of I-630 as well as our entire city.
Here are some of the photos from tonight’s open house.
There was a big turnout for the dedication and a impressive line of speakers, including Mayor Stodola and City Manager Bruce Moore, Judge Villines and even Governor Beebe and Ginger. There were lots of thanks and credit given to everyone who worked on the project and lots of words about the effect this library was to have on the children of the city. The only downside was, by the time it was all over, it was dark outside. But with Smores, fire pits and sparklers, it was still a fun party, even if my pictures didn’t come out that great.
So where do bikes fit into all of this?
I decided to get the full, Revitalized 12th St experience and take the recently installed 12th st bike lanes all the way from Downtown to the new Library. This was actually the second time I had ridden the new bike lanes, the first being a few weeks back when I rode from my office to my church one Monday night for bell choir. I had meant to do a blog entry about that night’s ride, but I just never did. So the picture that follow are actually from that night.
Hopefully we will see more big things to come on 12th street!