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VIETNAMESE BUDDHISTS OFFER TO ACQUIRE ROSE PARK LIBRARY

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A Vietnamese Buddhist church has made an offer to acquire the present Rose Park Branch Library, which will be vacated when the new Day-Riverside Library opens in September.

The Rose Park Branch Library has been listed for sale at $305,000. The church submitted an offer of $308,000, asking that the library board carry the amount on contract.Library board officials countered with a request for full and immediate cash. Board officials are continuing to discuss the matter along with a potential backup offer, said Nancy Tessman, acting director of the library system.

Rose Park Branch Library is located on nearly an acre of property at 1185 W. 1000 North. The new Day-Riverside Library is being built at 1575 W. 1000 North.

In its meeting Thursday, the library board discussed the city library system's plans to host a national, traveling exhibit, "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington," which will be at the main library from Thursday to Oct. 3.

A committee named to search for a new director for the city library system is continuing its efforts to find a replacement for J. Dennis Day, who died in August 1995. The committee has received 38 applications, said Susan Salvesen, human resources director for the library and member of the committee.

Construction of a new slate roof will begin Monday at Sprague Branch Library in Sugar House. The cost of the project is $131,877.