MyArlingtonTV Tours the New George W. Hawkes Downtown Library: Third Floor
By Office of Communication
Posted on July 16, 2018, July 16, 2018

Director of Libraries Yoko Matsumoto is taking residents and visitors on a tour of the new George W. Hawkes Downtown Library in a three-part series for MyArlingtonTV showcasing each floor.

The Downtown Library, located at 100 S. Center St. just north of Arlington City Hall, opened to the public on June 16, 2018. The building was designed with public input to provide access, knowledge, and resources through cutting-edge technology, extensive print and digital collections and dynamic and enriching programming for the en tire community.

The third floor houses all regular-print fiction for adults. Book lovers can explore more than 5,000 square feet of fiction and paperbacks. Mysteries, science fiction, and westerns are highlighted in their own sections to make it easier for genre fans to find their favorites.

Special open-air spaces are also a highlight of the third floor. The Sun Club Gardens on the east side of the building bring a natural element to the library's top floor. On the north end of the building, a monarch butterfly garden is visible from the Hawkes Family Reading Room. Milkweed and other native plants in the garden support monarch butterflies on their annual migration.

On the south end of the building, residents and visitors can step outside onto a rooftop patio overlooking Downtown Arlington. The Sun Club Garden features more native plants and is a wonderful spot to enjoy the view while reading a book or having a snack. In addition to the gardens, the Sun Club sponsored a rooftop array of solar panels to help power the building.

Regular hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Downtown Library will be open on Sundays all year long.

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