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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to help open Calgary’s New Central Library

The Calgary Public Library will have an out-of-this-world guest to help open the much-awaited New Central Library one month from today.

Retired Canadian Astronaut Co. Chris Hadfield will be on hand for Opening day – Thursday, Nov. 1.

“Literacy underpins everything I do. So, it’s fitting that I get to help open the new Central Library, a place where literacy underpins every visitor’s experience,” said Hadfield in a press release.

Calgary’s new Central Library is a truly wondrous space, where imaginations will soar.”

Hadfield will speak at the new library from 7-9 p.m. on opening night. Tickets are free, but participants must register starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 on the Calgary Public Library Website if they would like a ticket. Space is limited.

The city has also announce that transit will be free on the first Saturday after its opening, No.v 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help people get down to the new building, which can be accessed at City Hall Station.

Celebrations will be happening throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The library is promising an opening ceremony, live music, special guests and guided tours throughout the day.

If work keeps you from getting down on Nov. 1, the library will also be hosting family-friendly activities on the following weekend – Nov. 3 and 4. There will be live music, craft stations and more.

Located in the East Village, the $245-million library has 240,000 square feet of functional space, and features more than 30 free community meeting areas, a performance hall, outdoor plazas, a 12,000-square foot children’s library, and a recording studio among its many features.

CORRECTION: This version of the story corrects an earlier version of the story which incorrectly said registration for Chris Hadfield’s talk would be available at 10 am on Nov. 2. The correct date is Oct. 2. Also, the free transit day will be on Saturday Nov 3, not THe opening day of Nov 1.