GALLERY: Frisco holds groundbreaking ceremony for new public library

The new Frisco Public Library has already earned an award for its design. (Rendering courtesy Gensler)
The new Frisco Public Library has already earned an award for its design. (Rendering courtesy Gensler)

The new Frisco Public Library has already earned an award for its design. (Rendering courtesy Gensler)

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Mike Barber discusses the Frisco Community Development Corp.'s role in bringing the library to Frisco residents. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Mayor Jeff Cheney honors the library staff during the groundbreaking ceremony April 20. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Frisco Deputy City Manager Henry Hill greets those in attendance during the groundbreaking ceremony April 20. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Frisco officials pose for a photo with their hammers and helmets at the groundbreaking ceremony April 20. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Frisco officials prepare to knock over the dummy wall to reveal the new space for Frisco's library. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Frisco officials knock over the dummy wall to reveal the new space for Frisco's library. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Frisco officials are greeted by a confetti shower at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Frisco public library. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Library Director Shelley Holley closes out the groundbreaking ceremony April 20. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony observe the renderings that show the new design for the library. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Renderings show what the library will look like after construction. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Cookies were given to those in attendance of the library groundbreaking ceremony April 20. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco held a groundbreaking ceremony April 20 to kick off construction that will move Frisco's sole library from the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center to the former Beal Building at 8000 Dallas Parkway, Frisco.

"The repurposing of a rocket factory into a library is a wonderful metaphor," Library Director Shelley Holley said at the ceremony. "After all, rockets store fuel to power the exploration of the stars. Libraries store energy that fuels the imagination. So libraries are critical to a high-quality of life in our community."


Designs for the library have already garnered awards and praise. Mayor Jeff Cheney called the facility project the biggest Frisco has ever taken on.

"This facility is going to be the heart of Grand Park; it's going to be right in City Hall's shadow," he said. "It's going to be an incredible project."

Construction is slated to be complete next summer.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.