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Orlando Public Library – Expansion Celebration 1986

The referendum to expand the Orlando Public Library was approved on September 9, 1980, and construction began in December 1982. Construction on the library expansion was completed in March 1985, expanding the library’s boundaries to the entire block bordered by East Central Boulevard, Rosalind Avenue, Magnolia Avenue and Wall Street.  An open house and tour of the new library expansion took place on May 29, 1985.

Almost immediately, work on renovating the original 1966 building began. Construction was completed in March 1986 and a grand opening celebration for the entire building was held from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday April 6, 1986. A special insert in the Orlando Sentinel heralded the opening.

At the time of the completion in 1986, Glenn F. Miller was the library Director, Anita W.  Heard was business  manager and the Orange County Library Board of Trustees included John B. Newsom, Albert C. Valdes, Paul Pickett, Corbin Sarchet, Helen Johnson, Mary Jo Hoard, and Peter C. Barr.

Some of the key players in the expansion were architectural firm Schweizer Incorporated and design architect L. Duane Stark; contractor Great Southwest Corporation; mechanical/electrical engineers Tilden, Lobnitz & Cooper, and structural engineers Gensert, Bretnall, Bobel, Inc.

A booklet created for the grand opening of the newly expanded library was underwritten by the Friends of the Orlando Public Library, featuring photographs by Bob Braun. The brochure pages are presented here.

Check out the IMAGES and DOCUMENTS below!

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Library Expansion Open House - May 29, 1985
Flyer handed out at the grand opening of the newly expanded Library building on May 29, 1985.
FOL Newsletter 1986 Grand Opening
Cover of the Friends of the Library Newsletter from April of 1986, promoting the Grand Opening of the Main Library expansion project. ...
FOL Newsletter March 1986 Grand Opening
Friends of the Library March 1986 newsletter.   "Coming up:  The Grand Opening Celebration, Sunday April 6.   The Grand Celebration of ...
Library Expansion Press Release 1986
February 1986 press release from Library Director Glenn Miller announcing the Grand Opening celebration for the Main Library, to be held on...
Sentinel Expansion Insert 1986
April 6, 1986 special supplement "Florida" to the Orlando Sentinel.  The New Edition - Check it Out.  Users guide to Orlando Public...
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