New Aiea public library opens for Oahu communityUPDATED 7:47 PM HST Jul 19, 2014Video Transcript
website, K-I-T-V dot com. The new Aiea public library opened it's doors today on the site of the old Sugar Mill. KITV 4's Ashley Moser reports from the new facility. 27, 2nd time 49 1.00 1.14 nat kids reading Grandfather Rodney Kim encourages Kysen and Arieyahnah to read everyday. Kim 29:59 "I HOPE THIS IS GOING TO BE THERE HANGOUT." 30:00 With the opening of the new $10.4 million public library in Aiea -- his hopes can now become reality. Community leaders pushed for a new facility for decades. It took this one over a year to be built -- but Kim says it was worth waiting for. Rodney 28:53 "THIS LIBRARY IS SO MUCH BETTER IT'S DOUBLE AMOUNT OF THE BOOKS AND SPACE." 28:57 17 thousand square feet of shelves stocked with over 78,000 books - 8,000 DVDs and CDs and free wireless internet. The buildings architecture -- a mix of old and new. Designed after the sugar mill that once stood here -- contractors tried to retain an industrial look. Glen 33:07 THE EXPOSED AIR CONDITIONING DUCTS, THE EXPOSED RED STEEL BEAM THE GIRDERS AND THE HANGING INDUSTRIAL LIGHTS." 33:15 Standup Ashley 59:56 "CONTRACTORS ALSO USED A SPECIAL TYPE OF GLASS FOR THE WINDOWS. THE PANES ARE DOUBLE GLAZED WITH AIR IN THE MIDDLE. LETTING THE GOOD LIGHT IN AND KEEPING THE HEAT OUT." 1:00:05 Although some readers have turn to things like e-books over the years -- officials say libraries are still popular -- also used as community hubs. Baron 50:57 "PEOPLE COME HERE TO MEET TO GATHER, TO LEARN, TO DISCUSS TO HAVE PROGRAMS AND THAT ONE OF OUR MORE IMPORTANT ROLES THESE DAYS." 51:06 Ashley Moser - KITV 4 News.