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Library Project Partners Celebrate Latest Grand Opening

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and its more than 30 partners in the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, celebrated today the grand opening of the latest library at Morrell Park Elementary and Middle School in South Baltimore. Students, faculty, and numerous guests attended today’s 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting and celebration. The space at Morrell Park now features 4,000 new books, brand new laptops, 75 e-readers, and bright graphics. Morrell Park is the sixth renovation as part of the Library Project and the first of four transformed libraries that will open in 2014. This year’s other Library Project grand openings include Harford Heights Elementary, Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle, and Henderson-Hopkins where all of this year’s Library Project grand openings will be celebrated publicly with a single event. This initiative is a multi-year, collaborative effort to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated elementary/middle school libraries in Baltimore City neighborhoods where many students face academic challenges. The Library Project will create up to 24 of these inspirational spaces – with the first 12 being debuted by 2015. The Weinberg Foundation has committed $10 million to what is expected to be a legacy project. The first three libraries were dedicated in the fall of 2012, followed by two more in 2013. By September 2014 more than 4000 students will directly benefit from this initiative.