Government

Old Glory to Fly Over Fallbrook Library

The community is invited to join County Supervisor Bill Horn to dedicate the Fallbrook Library’s new flagpole and flag on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m.

The library is at 124 S. Mission Road.

“This community should be proud,” said Supervisor Horn. “Through its determination and dedication, the Fallbrook Library has a new flagpole and American flag. It is a powerful symbol of our freedom, and I am honored to have played a part in getting it here.”

 Supervisor Horn, Library Director José Aponte, and Jason Springston, a member of the Fallbrook Friends of the Library who spearheaded fundraising for the new flagpole, will speak during the dedication ceremony.  

The Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard will present the flag, which was donated by Congressman Darrell Issa. The Fallbrook Chorale will sing patriotic songs.

Refreshments, courtesy of the Fallbrook Friends of the Library, and library tours follow the ceremony.

When the Fallbrook Library opened a little over a year ago, the community embraced the new colorful 19,000 square-foot building. But some residents also noticed no flag flew outside.

The Fallbrook Friends of the Library created a special fund  to accept donations for the flagpole and quickly raised $7,300 for the project.

In October, Supervisor Horn secured a grant for an additional $4,700 in Neighborhood Reinvestment funds to cover the balance of the new flagpole. Two months later, the Board supported Supervisor Horn’s proposal to amend County policy on design guidelines. Blueprints for all new county buildings will now include a flagpole.

At the Fallbrook Library, the flagpole represents the crowning touch on a library that has been otherwise widely praised for its design and function. The library was honored with the People’s Choice Award at the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual “Orchid’s and Onions” ceremony last year . It also received a “Magic of Design-Build” Excellence Award from the Design-Build Institute of America.

Visitors enjoy the library’s peaceful natural lighting, fireplace, shaded reading patio, community spaces, a large children’s area and a teen zone.

Work by local artists is built into the library’s structure. Its roof is landscaped with a colorful mosaic of succulents, eye-catching and eco-friendly.

The library celebrated its first anniversary in January and gets about 30,000 visits each month.