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April 30, 2008 > Foundation provides grant for Castro Valley library

Foundation provides grant for Castro Valley library

Submitted By Casey Boggs

Fremont Bank Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Northern California's Fremont Bank, today announced it has bequeathed a generous $50,000 grant to the Alameda County Library Foundation (ACLF). The grant will benefit The Campaign for the Castro Valley New Library to purchase new computers, books and furniture. The new library will also include a cafˇ-to be named after the Fremont Bank Foundation. A ceremony for the groundbreaking of the library was held on April 18th at the new facility site- 3600 Norbridge Avenue.

"Libraries provide a very special place to dream. Books record the past, relate to the present, and vision for the future. Fremont Bank Foundation is delighted to partner with the Alameda County Library Foundation in the creation of the new Castro Valley Library," says Hattie Hyman Hughes, President, Fremont Bank Foundation. "We encourage others to join us in investing in this outstanding project, representing the vision of a unique community."

The new Castro Valley Library, due to open in 2009, will replace the current facility, which was built in 1962, with only 10,200 sq. ft. of floor area (including a 3,000 sq. ft. children's room and a small meeting room) and only 38 parking spaces. State and county funding will pay for the majority of the construction of the new library, estimated at $22.3 million. ACLF is conducting the campaign to raise $3 million for technology, collections and furnishings. Since Castro Valley does not have a city hall, the new library will become the new hub for the community to meet and grow.

"Fremont Bank has been a long-time supporter of the Alameda County Library Foundation and supporting the construction of this new library is very special to us," adds Hyman Hughes.

The features of the new Castro Valley Library include:

34,000 sq. ft. facility on a 2.95-acre county-owned site in downtown Castro Valley
Space for a 50% larger collection of books, computers, etc.
Audio/visual collection three times as large as the current facility
Five times as many public computers, wireless Internet access as the current facility
Double the size of the children's area as the current facility
145 parking spaces
Quiet reading areas
2,000 sq. ft. community meeting room
Cafˇ, bookstore, outdoor patio
Multipurpose Education Center, built by the Castro Valley Unified School District

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