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Logan Heights Celebrates New Joint-Use Library

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Aired 12/11/09

A new, two-story library opened its doors today in the San Diego neighborhood of Logan Heights near Chicano Park. It's the first joint-use project between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District.

— A new, two-story library opened its doors today in the San Diego neighborhood of Logan Heights near Chicano Park. It's the first joint-use project between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District.

Mariachi music greeted the first visitors of the new branch library. The sleek, modern building is on the campus of Logan Elementary. It replaces a pint-size library that's about 80 years old.

Pedro Moreno is president of Logan Heights' library group. He says this facility marks a rebirth for his Latino community that’s known more for its murals and Chicano activism.

"Convolution, evolution and revolution you can learn here. In 1968 the cry was 'burn, baby, burn.' Now, it's 'learn, baby, learn.'" Moreno said.

Kids at Logan and living in the neighborhood can use the library before and after library hours. Teachers will be able to access the library's special collection of teaching materials and curriculum research.

Parent Julie Valle lives three blocks away. She says this library is more than just a warehouse of books.

"Your life, your whole life, is about learning. So when you open a book it expands your mind and educates you," Valle said.

The new library features an art gallery, performance space and a preschool center. It cost $14 million to build

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