Library groundbreaking

NOW: Library groundbreaking

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- The main Saint Joseph County public library in downtown South Bend is taking its first step toward the estimated $38 million renovations and expansion project.

Friday city and library officials will be breaking ground at 10 a.m. to celebrate the new building.

The library in partnership with the Community Foundation and the City of South Bend gathered to celebrate the renovation and expansion projects that have been long in the works. 

The renovation project includes a complete rehaul of the main building structure, construction of a new-3-story Community Learning Center and Auditorium, and the creation of an outside courtyard and greenspace.

Officials like Communications Manager Jennifer Henecke are excited how this project falls in line with the revitalization of the city of South Bend and can be a new space for workforce development, training, educational support, community events, and meetings.

Aside from the groundbreaking, the library will be hosting its 3rd and final garage sale on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Items from the old library are marked at reasonable prices to help sell all of the excess chairs, tables, coat hangers, and so much more to allow more room for all of the new coming in.

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