“These are the first upgrades our HagatÃ±a Library has seen in decades. Since 1949, our library has served our island community as a beacon for education and lifelong learning, and these renovations will help our library continue its legacy as a center for information.”
– Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
New Internet cafÃ©, children’s library open for island’s families
Families will now have an enhanced experience at the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library thanks to numerous upgrades and a new building. The Governor, library staff and the community celebrated the improvements with a ribbon cutting held March 3.
“When I look at our library, I see a place where our families can come together to learn,” Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said. “I see a place where our families will be able to come and enjoy what our island’s public library system has to offer. These updated facilities and the library’s new space will greatly improve the services the HagatÃ±a library can offer to our residents.”
Started in August 2014, the improvements and expansion were funded through a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Interior.
Renovations to the library’s existing facilities include water blasting, upgrades to the first floor restrooms to meet ADA compliance, drop ceiling panels and the addition of a new study room and game room. The
The library’s new building houses an Internet cafÃ©, which will expand the library’s Internet capabilities. The new building also is home to the children’s library, which will help the library expand its existing children’s programs and will give children a chance to read and learn without disturbing the library’s other patrons.
“The HagatÃ±a library is a shining example of HagatÃ±a’s revitalization,” Gov. Calvo said. “I’m proud to say our library will be able to serve our island in a way it hasn’t been able to in the past.”