Calgary’s New Central Library Set to Open in One Month

Calgary Public Library releases door opening activities, including a special opening event featuring astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, and free city-wide transit on Saturday, November 3

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October 1, 2018

Calgary, AB – Today marks the one-month countdown until the new Central Library will open its doors to Calgarians on November 1, 2018. Located in the East Village, the $245-million project boasts 240,000 square feet of striking architecture and functional space, with more than 30 free community meeting areas, performance hall, outdoor plazas and greenery, a 12,000-square foot children’s library, dedicated spaces for teens, recording studios, more than 450,000 collection items, and more.

To celebrate this momentous occasion for our city, the Calgary Public Library has announced a number of exciting events and ceremonies that will take place during opening week, including a special presentation by the former International Space Station commander and celebrated Canadian astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield.

"Literacy underpins everything I do. So, it’s fitting that I get to help open the new Central Library, a place where literacy underpins every visitor’s experience. Calgary's new Central Library is a truly wondrous space, where imaginations will soar," says Col. Chris Hadfield.

"We’re thrilled to welcome Col. Chris Hadfield on November 1 to celebrate our opening and inspire our members,” says Bill Ptacek, CEO of Calgary Public Library. “The new Central Library will be a cultural hub for learning and innovation and we couldn’t think of a better person to demonstrate what’s possible when we come together and dream big!”

Calgary Public Library and Calgary Transit are proud to announce that to celebrate the opening of the new Central Library, all public transit will be free on Saturday, November 3 from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. This day marks the kick-off of the new Central Library’s Opening Family Fun Weekend, which will feature free tours, programming, music, and much more!

“The new Central Library belongs to all Calgarians—an unparalleled place with opportunity for everyone. To throw open the doors and make it so easy to be a part of the grand opening is truly special. So on November 3, thanks to my colleagues at Calgary Transit, the Calgary Public Library, and the amazing donors to the Calgary Public Library Foundation, we can all take Calgary Transit downtown to experience our new Central Library,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“Like the Library, Calgary Transit is an important and accessible asset for our community. Like all Calgarians, we cannot wait to visit the new library and are happy to have worked with the Calgary Public Library Foundation to celebrate its opening in such a special way,” says Michael Thompson, GM Transportation for the City of Calgary.

This unique opportunity to ride free to and from the new Central Library is made possible only through the generous support of donors to Add In– the Campaign for Calgary’s Library, facilitated by the Calgary Public Library Foundation, which has supported the Library’s commitment to accessibility and the successful completion of this project.

Here are some of the highlights of the new Central Library’s opening week activities:

Thursday, November 1, 2018: Grand Opening Celebration 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Be a part of the historical opening celebration at the new Central Library on November 1 at 10 am. Celebrations will include an opening ceremony, live music, free tours, and special guests.

Thursday, November 1, 2018: Opening Night with Chris Hadfield 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colonel Chris Hadfield — a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, pilot, author, and musician — headlines new Central Library’s Opening Day celebrations. Listen to the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station at Calgary’s landmark new Library. Tickets are FREE and registration will open on Tuesday, October 2, at 10:00 am. Register at calgarylibrary.ca

Friday, November 2, 2018: Lit Gala 7:30 pm
A fundraising event unlike any other, the Lit Gala will feature experiences on every level of the new Library, performers, and an array of culinary delights. Proceeds from the event will launch a Spotlight Speaker Series for world-class thought leaders at the new Central Library. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit litgala.ca

Saturday, November 3, 2018 & Sunday, November 4, 2018: Opening Family Fun Weekend
Explore the new Central Library from November 3-4 through free programming and tours. Enjoy live music, craft stations, and more.

More information on all door opening activities can be found at calgarylibrary.ca/new-central-library

Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library, with 660,000+ members and 20 locations, has been inspiring the life stories of Calgarians for more than 100 years. It is currently the second largest library system in Canada and the sixth largest municipal library system in North America, with Calgarians borrowing more than 14.6 million physical and digital items and with 6.8 million in-person visits last year. The awe-inspiring 240,000 sq. ft. the new Central Library — the newest gathering place for our city — opens November 1, 2018.

Media Contacts:

Mary Kapusta
Director, Communications
Calgary Public Library
P: 403.774.7256
Mary.Kapusta@calgarylibrary.ca

Gemma Pasquarelli
Account Executive
Edelman
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