The City of Surprise is preparing for the grand opening of its newest library next month.
The Asante Library, the city’s joint effort with the Maricopa County Library District, is opening Saturday, Feb. 1 at 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive. Festivities are expected to start at 10 a.m.
Event include the cutting of the ribbon, giveaways, activities and family entertainment. The Café Flutes are scheduled to perform at 11 a.m.
Asante Library is the city’s third library and brings library services closer to the northern area of Surprise, which has seen incredible growth in recent years.
It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The library will be closed Sundays.
The 10,000-square-foot space will provide views of Asante Community Park and the White Tank Mountains.
Services include self-check kiosks; adult, children and teen areas; a multipurpose room for a variety of programming and story time; public access computers and wireless printing capabilities. It will also be the first city library to offer meeting and study rooms.
The Surprise libraries operate through a partnership between the City of Surprise and Maricopa County. MCLD also operates the city’s other two libraries, Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. and Hollyhock Library, 15844 N. Hollyhock St.
To get a free library card, visit one of the libraries in person. Maricopa County residens will need photo identification and proof of residence, business ownership, or property ownership.
Normal operating hours for the Asante Library are:
For information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 623-222-2000 or Maricopa County Library District at 602-652-3000, or visit mcldaz.org.
Editor’s Note: The City of Surprise contributed to this story.