Joint Press Release
From the San Bernardino County Library and the City of Chino Hills
http://www.sbcounty.gov/library and http://www.chinohills.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2008
For more information, contact:
(Library) Greg Zerovnik, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
(909) 387-9619 / email@example.com
(City) Denise Cattern, Public Information Officer
(909) 364-2615 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Invited to Grand Opening for Chino Hills New Library
& Government Center Open House
SAN BERNARDINO, CA. On Saturday, February 28, at 9:30 am the final component in the
City of Chino Hills all-new Government Center opens. That’s when the city and county will
combine to celebrate the opening of a brand new library facility, the 28,500-square-foot James
S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library.
The other three facilities at the government center—City Hall, the Police Station and the Chino
Valley Fire District Administration building—all had their grand openings earlier, and so on this
occasion the city will celebrate the final spoke in their wheel with an Open House of all four
facilities. Festivities will go on all day until 5:00 p.m. and will include police and fire displays, as
well as special activities for children.
The library first opened on September 1, 1992 in temporary buildings as part of the original
Chino Hills Civic Center at Grand Ave. and Civic Center Drive. The branch was renamed in
2004 to honor the City’s second Mayor, James S. Thalman, who passed away in 2003. The
branch was expanded in 1999 to add a larger children’s area—consistently one of the most
used parts of the library—which brought it up to 8,600 square feet.
The new facility is more than three times the size and now provides over 100 computers,
including a dedicated Computer Lab whose 18 computers can be used by the general public
when classes aren’t in session and six specialized Early Learning computers, pre-loaded with
educational software in the Children’s Room.
Chino Hills Grand Opening / page 1 of 3
“The original location was one of the busiest in our county-wide, 30-branch system,” says
County Librarian Ed Kieczykowski, “and certainly deserved a larger facility. We are very
gratified that this latest city-county partnership has borne fruit, and believe that the City’s
investment in a new facility will result in a significant increase in usage. This is due in part to
the larger size and added amenities, but also thanks to the new, more central location with
easy freeway access and more parking.”
The entire library building features Wi-Fi access for laptop computers, and electrical outlets are
available on most study tables and in many other areas of the library.
Gary Ovitt, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors whose supervisorial
district includes Chino Hills, notes, “We are very happy to be able to work so closely with the
City of Chino Hills to open this new branch. We see this as a sensible way to maximize service
to our citizens, using a city-county partnership to the best advantage for both.”
Adds Chino Hills Mayor, Peter Rogers, “The city set aside funds for 17 years to construct our
new Government Center, including this beautiful new $13 million library. The city provided the
library building, furnishings and computers. The county provided all the materials in the library
and they will operate the branch. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with the county
to serve our residents.”
Mayor Rogers continued, “We also extend our thanks to Congressman Gary Miller who
secured $191,000 in federal funds for the library, as well as to the Friends of the James S.
Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library, who donated $40,000 that provided computer stations
and other millwork features.”
Technology in the new facility gets a serious upgrade. For example, patrons can check out
materials using computerized self-checkout stations. There are two stations located near the
front entry/exit gates and another two located in the Children’s Room. Patrons no longer have
to endure waiting in long lines to check out items, as everything in the branch now bears an
RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chip that can be easily scanned. Patrons get a printed
receipt that shows when items are due back. If they miss a deadline, they can even take care
of overdue charges online using PayPal.
As a special promotion to introduce patrons to the self-check system, all day Saturday and
Sunday during Grand Opening weekend, anyone using the self-checkout machines will receive
a raffle ticket to enter to win one of two Nintendo Wii systems.
Opening day festivities will include a Treasure Hunt for children to orient them to the new
facilities. Kids who complete the treasure map by visiting various locations within the new
Library, City Hall, Police Station and Chino Valley Fire Administration building will receive a
backpack, while supplies last. Special book bags for adults will be given away—one per
family—while supplies last. Celebration cookies will also be available for the first 3,000
The new library has four roomy study rooms and a larger conference study room with white
boards. There’s also an automated DVD dispenser machine. The patron checks out a DVD by
Chino Hills Grand Opening / page 2 of 3
scanning the DVD package with its RFID chip, and the machine then releases the correct DVD
for the patron to insert into the package. The system is so “smart,” it can tell if a patron
accidentally leaves behind disc 2 of a 2-disc set and alerts them before they leave the library.
To the left of the library entrance foyer is the Biblioteque Café, a self-serve vending machine
café where patrons can read and relax while enjoying a cup of coffee or soft drink and a snack
if they like. Food and drink must be enjoyed in the café area.
A comfortable leisure reading room housing magazines and newspapers is located in the Adult
Library area. The Young Adult area features a “quiet” reading room as well as an open, airy
teen Active Lounge for studying and computer use. The Children’s Room has a large area for
story time and child-size tables and chairs, as well as larger seating for adults.
Some $250,000 worth of new materials has been added to the collection for Opening Day. A
special edition of 10,000 commemorative library cards will be available beginning opening day
and until supplies run out.
The Chino Hills branch library boasts about 30,700 cardholders at the present time. The
average number of items circulated each month is approximately 22,000. Juvenile materials
account for about 65% of circulation. Approximately 17,000 people visited the original library
location during an average month, a number that is expected to increase substantially in
A public non-profit organization, the Chino Hills Community Foundation, is busy planning a
gala event to be held on June 6th. The Foundation’s initial project is to raise funds to enhance
the children’s section and other areas of the library. For additional information on the Chino
Hills Community Foundation, please call (909) 364-2736.
Chino Hills Grand Opening / page 3 of 3