The Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center is a 30,000 square foot facility that provides a multitude of free resources to the public. Over 100 computers and wireless internet access are available for public use. Every day programs for adults, young adults, and children are available to inspire, educate, and entertain.
Journey through the Discovery Zone to find children's materials (books, computers, and movies), enjoy a story under the Oak Tree, explore the environmental exhibits for adults and children and, of course, say "hi" to the animals!
The Young Adult and Adult areas feature open spaces and comfortable chairs for enjoying a book or magazine. The Computer Lab offers a quiet space for those who may need extra help with their compter projects.
Venture through picture-window doors through the courtyard as you journey through time and discover the history of waste management and recycling. When you arrive at the Rooftop Gardens, the views will take your breath away. Over 15,000 square feet of gardens featuring native and drought-tolerant plants provide a perfect location for reading, enjoying the view of our local mountains, and learning about our plants. Be sure to keep your eyes open for Hummingbirds and other local wildlife and say hi to the Red-Eared Sliders in the Pond, and Pumpkin, the Sulcata Tortoise, in his desert habitat.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified facility opened in May 2008 and is a prime example of how a public library and environmental learning center can blend to provide reliable resources, exciting programs for all ages, special events and more for the community of Highland and beyond.
Curious how well the solar panels on the roof really work? See a live feed of energy production and use HERE! Courtesey of Sullivan Solar.
The Highland Environmental Learning Center (ELC) was created to serve as the primary resource for the improvement of environmental literacy within the community of Highland.