More space for bookworms

Carl Robinette

Fri January 17, 2014 1:30pm

Fans of the Chula Vista Public Library can expect to see bigger and better special events as the Otay Ranch Town Center branch is expanding its floor space to include a second storefront in the mall.
The 2,000-square-foot shop space, previously held by Gepetto’s Toy Store, physically detached from the main branch location in the shopping center, will be used for seminars, classes and other special events.
“It can get pretty tight with 80 or 90 kids at story time,” said library director Betty Waznis, about the original 35,000-square-foot location. “We don’t really have a sizeable place where people can get together, so this is going to create some great opportunities.”
The site will also likely serve as a passport services facility pending application approval from the U.S. State Department.
The new space is currently operational while it goes through the design and furnishing process, and will be used as the library needs. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2014, and is being funded by a California Library Services Act grant, Chula Vista Public Library Foundation, Friends of Chula Vista Public Library and private donations.
“It’s a high-end atmosphere and [mall officials] are looking for a well designed space,” said Waznis. “It’s a great place. Kids like hanging out at the mall and that’s the truth.  So, it’s a very teen friendly atmosphere.”