Grand Opening

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Park Party
Greene Square

9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Remarks & Ribbon Cutting

10:00 - 10:30 am

Flag Ceremony
Sponsored by U.S. Bank

12:00 pm

Time Capsule Dedication

1:00 pm

Sculpture Dedication
Sponsored by OPN Architects, Inc.
Urban Plaza

3:00 pm

Guided Tours
Co-sponsored by Van Meter, Rausch Productions

All Day

Whipple Auditorium Events
Sponsored by The Gazette Company
Orchestra Iowa, SPT Theatre, Movmnt Dance Company, author Miyoko Hikiji, and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.s

All Day

Make & Take Crafts
Sponsored by Diamond V
Children's Program Room

All Day
Beems Auditorium Events
Sponsored by Rockwell Collins
Story Time
Dan Wardell from Iowa Public Television
In Search of the Sentinel documentary
Q&A with Sculptor Albert Paley
All Day

10:45 am
11:15 am & 1:30 pm
3:30 pm
4:30 pm


A web cam captured the action starting with demolition and ending in March. See the building go up one step at a time. Click here to view the time-lapse video.

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Why build a library, especially now? Click here to read some answers to this common concern.