The library as a vibrant hub has attracted tens of thousands over the years, and the wear
and tear on the facility is beginning to show. The City of Blaine has recognized this, and as a city-owned
building is taking seriously the deteriorating 21-year-old carpeting and its
need of replacement. The Friends
of the Library are also taking note of the equally dated circulation desk and
lack of adequate storage in an increasingly demanding staff work area.
As a result of many varied efforts, the library will be
closed Thursday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 28, for new carpet and
cabinetry installation. These projects are being funded by the
city and the Friends of the Library - not with library levy funds, which were
strictly earmarked for the continuance of current service level operations.
This massive undertaking will be done in stages, first clearing the central area and children’s wing, by moving all shelving and materials, furniture, computers, etc. into the north end of the building. The old carpet will be removed and the new carpet installed. Then everything will be put back in place, the contents of the north end will be moved into the children’s area and meeting room, and the process repeated. Finally, the circulation desk and staff area computers, shelving and contents will be put into place.
During the library closure, patrons will be able to return items to the outside drop. Operations will be limited however, with staff using a single laptop computer and working in a very small area. Consequently, we would ask if possible, that you not return items until the library reopens. Another option is to return your library materials to any of the other Whatcom County Library branches or drop box at the Bay Center Market in Birch Bay. You may also call another branch or go online to renew your items.
Requested items will be held an additional week and will be available for check-out once the library has reopened. An added bonus will be visits by the Bookmobile on Friday, April 23, 9 a.m. to Noon, and Monday, April 26, 3 to 6 p.m. Requested items will be available for pickup and you’ll be able to browse the Bookmobile’s collection for additional items to check-out.
We appreciate your patience during the coming weeks and look forward to seeing you when we reopen the doors on Thursday, April 29.
The Blaine library is located at 610 Third Street and can be reached by calling 332-8146.