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
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.