Monroe County Public Library Big Pine Key Branch Re-opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, June 10
The Big Pine Key Branch of the Monroe County Public Library has undergone a full refurbishment, with new floors, ceiling, paint, shelves and furniture. The library, at 213 Key Deer Blvd. in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Center, will celebrate its renewal with a ribbon-cutting and celebration planned for Saturday, June 10.
“It is a true pleasure to update and re-invigorate our current library facilities. The Library system is a vital resource and gathering place for our community and citizens,” said Kimberly Matthews, Senior Director of Libraries and Strategic Planning. “Our Lower Keys branch in Big Pine is well used and loved and long overdue for this remodel. We hope that the community is pleased with the result.”
The new shelving and furnishings allow for more opportunity and flexibility for library users to connect with the system’s free WiFi and laptop computers that can be borrowed for up to two hours at a time. The refurbishment also allows for more programming in the library.
On Saturday, the newly refurbished branch will host a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., followed by a “book chain,” where volunteers can help return books to the branch’s shelves. There will be two story times for little ones, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and staff will conduct tours throughout the day, showing off the new branch’s amenities and demonstrating the technology library patrons can use.
The Big Pine Key branch was originally opened in 1995 and later expanded. This is its first major refurbishment. The Monroe County Public Library is committed to expanding access for all Keys residents, with a brand-new branch opening in Marathon in 2021, and in 2022 the addition of two Lending Machines at Bernstein Park on Stock Island and the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo. The system also has digital resources accessible any time, including more than 30,000 streaming movies and TV shows and almost 20,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks .