The 105 year old Fairhaven Branch of the Bellingham Public Library is ready to serve the public for another 100-plus years. Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. there will be a re-opening celebration with tours and refreshments organized by The Friends of the Library.
The library has gone through a renovation project that has taken seven months, it has gotten an exterior face lift with new stucco, new windows and other improvements including a complete rebuild of the entire stone entrance staircase, a comprehensive flashing system, with new gutters and downspout. The Fireplace Room on the lower level received a major structural lift when rusted metal poles were replaced with a new beam system and the grounds around the library were re-graded to direct water away from the building, as well as landscaping being rearranged to provide better air circulation to the sandstone foundation.
The Fairhaven Branch will open to new operating hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.
The Library staff want to remind everyone that most of the changes that occurred affected the exterior of the library - this was not the complete renovation originally proposed over a year ago. The building still requires some TLC to bring it back to its original glory, and some major structural improvements to address seismic issues, but those improvements will have to wait for a better economy.
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