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Volunteers set to pass books

By Karen Klinka Published: August 13, 2004
More than 3,000 people have signed up to participate in today's book passing from the old library to the new Downtown Library at 300 Park Ave., a Metropolitan Library System spokesman said.

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Live entertainment and a small parade also are planned, and parts of Dean A. McGee, N Robinson and Park Avenue will be blocked off from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Scott Carter, the system's marketing and communications director, said the event will feature a human chain of volunteers who will symbolically pass books, one at a time, from the old building to the new $24 million Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.

The bulk of the library's collection has been moved.

While about 5,000 books are expected to pass from hand to hand in about an hour, the general public won't be allowed inside the new building until Tuesday, Carter said. has disabled the comments for this article.