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A new library rises on the Valley’s east side

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A rendering of the new East Las Vegas Library.
Photo: Richard Bauer

With its galleries, performance spaces and giant inventory of books, movies and music, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has long been one of this city’s stealth cultural powerhouses. Now it has broken ground on a new branch in a section of the east side currently without library services, at the corner of Bonanza Road and 28th Street—and once again, it extends far beyond books. The 41,000-square-foot branch will offer the expected educational and career-guidance programs, plus an extra-large meeting space. “The residents indicated to us that they wanted a place where they could have quinceañeras and other community festivals to celebrate their heritage,” LVCCLD executive director Ron Heezen says. “We didn’t need a formal auditorium space; we need space for people to congregate.” The East Las Vegas Library is scheduled to open spring 2019.

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