The Volusia County Council will cut the ribbon for the new Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 19.
Following the ceremony, staff will offer a special storytime program that will focus on serving our community and making the world a better a place.
The 4,500-square-foot facility, which is the 14th branch of the Volusia County Public Library system, will serve the neighborhood and families seeking assistance from the adjacent Hope Place.
The collection will include books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines and newspapers for children, teens and adults. Fourteen public-access computers will be available, and free WiFi access will be provided for persons who want to use their own devices.
Staff will offer ongoing storytimes and other programs, including:
Little Readers Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Tykes from birth to age 5 can enjoy storybooks, magnetic stories, music and more.
Tinker Lab Tuesdays: 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Children ages 5 to 12 can try activities and crafts based on STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math). Registration is required.
Family Fun: 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Kids and their families can have fun with activities and crafts.
Teen Thursdays: 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Teens can take part in craft and activity programs. Registration is required.
Additionally, the library will offer Kindergarten Readiness at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through July 23. Children ages 3 to 5 can take part in activity stations that will help build kindergarten readiness skills.
The library will take part in Volusia County’s Summer Food Service Program from June 10 through Aug. 9, serving breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals during summer vacation. All neighborhood children age 18 and younger are eligible for meals at no charge.
“We are so excited to have a library closer to us,” said Daytona Beach resident Nancy Trammell. “I am a homeschooling mom, and the library is a great way to read a variety of books at no cost to us. Having a library only two blocks away will give us the opportunity to attend more programs and read so many more books. We can also walk there, so we will even get a little exercise each time we visit.”
The $1.1 million construction project was funded by a Community Development Block Grant, a federal program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Furniture and equipment were funded through the county’s Library Services Division.
The library will be staffed by four full-time employees. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.