It was fitting that Monday be a hot day as the city dedicated its new library.
While sitting in the hot sun, Mayor Joe Jenkins reminded citizens that their sweat was merely a symbol of the sweat and hard work that went into building the new library."We are here to dedicate this building, but on a larger scale we are here to celebrate our commitment to values and education," he said. "We have a library. A place of exploration . . . a place of laughter and delight . . . a place of study and reflection.
"With it comes the message that when we are willing to pull together we can accomplish anything.
"The library is a gift we have given to each other. I hope you feel a surge of pride as you tour the new library."
William Richardson, architect of the library, said, "The library has been built of staunch concrete, steel and glass and has been treated with courage. What is recorded I hope echoes those who have climbed the hill."
Library Director Larry Hortin said the new library was a dream for him. "It started 19 years ago when I was hired as the library director. It has been fun to watch it grow and develop. It is great to have you here and share our dream come true."
The $2.1 million building more than doubles the size of the old library at 28,000 square feet.
Barbara Merrell, chairwoman of the library board, said the old library was a good place for more than 70 years, but as it became cramped, a new library became essential.
"The library staff made a silk purse out of a sow's ear at the old library, but this library is a silk purse," she said.
Freddie Zink, representing the Friends of the Provo City Library, said she welcomed a library that is accessible to the handicapped, but also encouraged city officials and residents to work to remove intellectual barriers.
A city Provo's size should have two and a half books per person, which would amount to 218,000, but the library has only 132,000, she said.
The dedicatory prayer was offered by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Provo High School Jazz Band and the Timpanogos Elementary School Sixth Grade Chorus performed musical numbers at the dedication.
The new library is at 425 W. Center St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the week.