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'Rialto READS' Project Raises Funds for Library Expansion

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A fund-raising program has been launched to benefit the Rialto Branch Library by providings books and other materials for what will be a larger facility in the next few months.

The City of Rialto recently awarded a contract to construct a 2,400-square-foot addition to the existing branch library at the City’s Civic Center on 1st Street.

The City is investing nearly $650,000 in the project and San Bernardino County is providing another $304,000. The new addition will allow the library to house a dedicated computer lab and a large program/meeting room.

As a result, the existing floor space in the branch will be more open while at the same time permitting additional shelf space for books, DVDs and other library materials.

“The Rialto library is one of the County’s most used facilities,” said San Bernardino County 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who funded the county’s share of the renovation cost.

“I know the residents will welcome the expansion and appreciate the additional materials that will soon be available.”

The Friends of the Rialto Library, a nonprofit association of volunteers who raise funds for the branch and take on various activities to help provide services to library patrons, has launched an ambitious fund-raising project called “Rialto READS” to raise money to expand the library’s collection.

Colorful die-cuts showing an open book with Rialto’s famous bridge and citrus fruits from the city’s agricultural heritage are available in $1 and $5 denominations for donors.

The donor’s name then goes on the die cut, which is mounted on a public wall at the branch to recognize the library’s supporters.

For more information on Rialto READS, contact Robin Hoklotubbe, Friends and Volunteers Coordinator for the San Bernardino County Library, at 909-387-5875.

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