The Pickerington Public Library will unveil its first branch facility during a grand-opening ceremony Saturday, Sept. 2.

A dedication for the new, 4,200-square-foot Sycamore Plaza library branch at 7861 Refugee Road also will be held Sept. 2.

The event will begin with remarks from library director Tony Howard at 11:45 a.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting at noon. The branch will remain open to the public until 6 p.m. that day.

"There will be several proclamations presented (and) leadership from the Pickerington High School North Marching Band will be entertaining before and after the dedication," said Colleen Bauman, the library's community relations coordinator.

"We are expecting (state) Rep. Tim Schaffer, (Pickerington) Mayor Lee Gray, a representative from Violet Township and library board of trustees president Cristie Hammond."

The new branch will operate from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays.

The branch will include early literacy interactive panels in the children's area designed by Wil Rowland, a local author and illustrator who designed the Pickerington Public Library's mascot, Violet the Cow.

"This new branch will better serve the community in the northern part of the library's service area," Bauman said. "It is also on a main road in an easily accessible shopping center.

"It will be much more convenient for many in the community to include a stop at the Sycamore Plaza Library as part of their regular shopping and errand-running during the day and after work."

Bauman said the grand opening will offer opportunities for the public to see the facility, as well as to get a new or replacement library card.

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