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Hillary Clinton to attend dedication of children's library named after her

by Gavin Lesnick | July 3, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. | Updated July 3, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.

Hillary Clinton will attend a dedication ceremony set next week for the formal naming of Little Rock's new children's library after her.

The Central Arkansas Library System says the public is also invited to attend the Monday dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, though advance registration is required.

The library board voted unanimously last week to seek Clinton's permission to rename the library after her, recognizing her work as Arkansas First Lady supporting children's programs.

"She happily accepted it," CALS Director Bobby Roberts said, noting she also agreed to attend the program. "And we are delighted that she did."

Members of the public who attended the board meeting last week almost all favored the renaming. Roberts said about 70 percent of comments sent in by email were also for it with many in opposition upset that so many other things in the area are already named for the Clintons.

But Roberts noted this is the only place in the area that will bear only Hillary Clinton's name.

"To me, it's different than any other thing that's been done in Arkansas," he said.

The dedication ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at the facility, 4800 W. 10th Street. Registration is available online or by calling 918-3870. Attendance is free, though it's limited to the first 150 people who register and each adult must be accompanied by a child age 12 or under.

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