New library to help diverse neighborhood

From FODPL reports

The Dallas Public Library will break ground for its 30th branch on Tuesday, Dec. 4, capping a long effort to build a much-needed library in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Northeast Dallas.

Councilmember Jennifer S. Gates will lead the ceremony as part of the Vickery Meadow Festival of Lights holiday celebration, with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins also slated to speak.

The new library, slated to open in 2019, will feature a youth center with cutting-edge technology to serve the area’s diverse, economically-challenged population.

The library was authorized in the city bond issue passed in 2017, and a $750,000 grant by The Crystal Charity Ball and The Moody Foundation to Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) is funding the enhancement.

“This will be a great addition to our library system,” said Director of Libraries Jo Giudice. “Vickery Meadow has deserved a new library for a long time, and we know it will be a wonderful community center that will serve a lot of people.”

FODPL led the team that applied for The Crystal Charity Ball grant, which Executive Director Mary Wilonsky said will make Vickery Meadow one of the city’s most innovative and effective libraries.

“We’re thrilled and grateful for the support, and the recognition of how important libraries are to our city, and especially to young people,” she said.

The library will be built at the intersection of Park Lane and Ridgecrest Road, just over a half-mile east of Central Expressway. The site now hosts the annual Vickery Meadow Festival of Lights, organized by an affiliation of Vickery Meadow community groups. The event includes crafts, food and entertainment reflecting the area’s cultural diversity, capped by a tree lighting ceremony.

The event runs from 4-7 p.m., with the groundbreaking expected about 5:30 p.m.

“Pretty soon the library itself will be at the heart of the festival,” Wilonsky said. “We can’t wait to see how great a difference a new library will make for everyone in Vickery Meadow.”

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