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James Earl Jones to Give Keynote Address for the Opening of the North Lake Community Library

IRVING, Texas. July 11, 2002 - On Saturday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m., the North Lake Community Library officially opens to the public. Opening events begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the north entrance to the library; an address by noted actor and author James Earl Jones at 11:00 a.m. in the school's gymnasium; and activities for adults and children inside the library until 3:30 p.m. Mr. Jones will autograph his book, Voices and Silences, which will also be available for sale.

The North Lake Community Library represents a partnership of the City of Irving, Texas, and the Dallas County Community College District to serve the community of Irving and the students of North Lake College. The 59,000-sq. ft. shared library facility will provide expanded hours and materials for students, extensive business and legal indexes for area companies, and a first-class library for the citizens of north Irving. By combining city and college resources, the library represents savings of taxpayer funds and increased academic support for students.

Because of the partnership arrangement and expanded functions of the library, city and college leaders hired professional library planning consultants and held an architectural design competition for the building. The completed structure represents a world-class design from architects Phillip Swagger and Associates.

The Director of the North Lake Community Library, Dr. Lyle Vance, says that "the library will strengthen the current services that the Irving Public Library system offers the city and it will be unique in the country. I am familiar with other joint efforts in the U.S. between public library systems and colleges, and I know that the North Lake Community Library will be extraordinary."

Dr. Herlinda M. Coronado, North Lake College President, states that "this ambitious and creative project was started in the 1980s and partially funded through a city bond election in 1994. I feel privileged to be a part of the culmination of the vision and the beginning of many new possibilities with the opening of this magnificent facility on our campus."

North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, Texas. The college is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. All of the events are open to the public at no charge. No filming or video cameras will be permitted during Mr. Jones' address.