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Brand New Austin Central Library Vandalized a Day After it Opened

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On Saturday, the new eagerly-awaited Austin Central Library held its grand opening where many Austinites poured in to ooh and aww over the contemporary architecture and beautiful design of the new public facility. Unfortunately, by Sunday, there were already graffiti words sprayed onto the outside of the building. KXAN said it was “foul language,” and The Statesman says it was found on “…several windows on the south and east sides of the building.”

Members of the library staff were able to scrub it off before the building opened at noon. Library director Roosevelt Weeks told The Statesman that the incident was “disheartening,” and they are planning on installing cameras outside since they do not have the funding for staff or police to keep constant watch over the library.

Austinite Stephen Torrence added his perspective by telling KXAN, “What would bring someone to put this message out there in such a prominent place. I imagine they’re going through a lot right now… I’m glad it rubs off easy.”

According to their website, the new Central Library is located at 710 W. César Chávez St., and the facility stays open from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Beautiful reading porch at the new Central Library.

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