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Third Library on Tryon 1989
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Time Period >>  80s Charlotte  1980 - 1989
Historical Event >>  Third Library on Tryon  June 18, 1989

After almost two years of renovations, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County reopens its doors to new and expanded building. The state-of-the-art facility features expanded services and a larger staff.. As part of the city’s public art programs, a mosaic based on a collage of the late Romare Bearden, hangs in the new library. In the years to come, the library will receive numerous awards, including Library of the Year in 1996.

"Before Dawn" mosaic at Main Library
"Before Dawn" mosaic at Main Library

New Main Library
New Main Library

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