The Tulare County public library system is opening its 16th location this weekend.
The new branch will serve the rural unincorporated community of London, located near Dinuba and Kingsburg. The community’s 1,800 residents are predominately Latino, and almost half fall below the poverty line. County librarian Darla Wegener says London residents advocated hard for this branch.
"People know they need it and we believe they need it," she says, "and they’ve been just the most wonderful community to work with during this whole process."
The new building will be stocked with a core collection of classic literature, non-fiction, and books for children.
"I did an outreach event in London over a year ago and the kids just went crazy for Pete the Cat," says Wegener. "So we have Pete the Cat books, and we also have Harry Potter, but we also have classic titles that they might assign in high school."
A ribbon-cutting and free resource fair will take place Saturday the 15th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The branch is located at 5711 Avenue 978 in London and will be open Wednesdays and Fridays.