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C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library
C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library New Building Project
A community input meeting will be held August 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Information presented at the meeting will be available on the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library Expansion/Replacement building project page.
About the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library
The C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library, formerly known as the College Hill Branch Library, is located on Martin Luther King Boulevard in East Tampa. It is a medium-size library with a collection of approximately 33,000 items including books, recorded books, magazines, music CDs and DVDs. Internet access is provided through public library computers and WiFi connectivity. The library routinely offers a variety of programs and computer training classes for children, teens and adults. A large community room and small meeting room are available for public use, and an after-hours book drop is located at the front of the building.
Friends of the Library
This branch receives support from the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries, active supporters and advocates for the library. Proceeds from their fundraising efforts directly benefit this branch, the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library and the West Tampa Library. Book stores run by the Friends are located in all three locations.
The library first opened as the College Hill Public Library on June 16, 1989 in an 800 square foot, double wide trailer which would serve as a temporary facility until more permanent quarters were built. The current building opened in February 1994 and was renamed in 2010 after C. Blythe Andrews, Jr., a publisher of the Florida Sentinel Bulletin.
The C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Library features two lithographs in the main reading room area: No Place Like Home, 1990 by artist Louis Delsarte and With Honors, 1989 by artist Synthia Saint James.
Twenty-one Burgert Brothers' black-and-white photograph reproductions primarily depicting local African-American images are also included in the library art collection.