Once a puny country library almost literally bursting at the seams, Hesperia's new state-of-the-art facility is already so busy that over the past year it is one of the most popular in the entire San Bernardino County library system.


"Three hundred and fifty thousand people have come through here," said County Librarian Ed Kieczykowski, who helped preside over the Hesperia Library's first birthday celebration on Oct. 13.


Perhaps, said Mayor Rita Vogler, it's because there is something so comforting and familiar about the new 20,000-square-foot library.


"It seems like it's always been here," Vogler said. "It's now the hip place to be."


Rebekah Swanson, president of the Hesperia Friends of the Library, envisions even greater things for the library, especially after an adjoining outdoor amphitheater is constructed.


"It will be more of a destination place. This is going to be a go-to place for the valley."


However, she added, the library couldn't function without a devoted crew of volunteers.


"We have a small but loyal group. It's all about the love of books and helping kids."


And, with the library's popularity on the rise, more volunteers are needed. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour a week, Swanson said.


"The is not done," Vogler said. "It's just the beginning of what is to be."


The library is located at 9650 Seventh Avenue, two blocks north of Main Street.