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San Jose to Open New Libraries Held Back by Budget Cuts

San Jose is finally set to open the first of four new branch libraries that have stood vacant due to the city's budget woes.  The Seven Trees branch will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, followed by three other libraries in the coming months.  

They were built with bond proceeds approved by voters more than a decade ago.  But by the time they were built, the city couldn't afford to operate them. 

Interim Library Director Anne Cain says people have waited a long time for this opening.

"There's so much excitement out there," Cain says.  "Both on the part of the public and certainly on the staff.  I think it's given everybody a sense of real hope for the future of libraries in San Jose."

The new library features a technology center, space for children and teens, and even a living room for curling up with a good book.

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