Ocean Park residents and their neighbors have reason to celebrate. The Ocean Park Timberland library will be hosting a grand re-opening event to celebrate the expanded library on Saturday, March 16 from noon to 3:30 p.m.
The library building was constructed in 1985 at 3,240 square feet. With a growing number of visitors over the years combined with the space allocated for shelves of library materials, furniture, computers, printers and an information desk, the space had become very congested. To alleviate the tight quarters, Timberland Regional Library (TRL), which owns the building, began the process of working with an architect to develop a plan to expand the space. A bid was awarded last summer and construction began in July to expand the space to 5,932 square feet, almost doubling the size of the original library.
TRL Library Director Cheryl Heywood said, "The library is so much brighter, more open and inviting with great new spaces to read, research and participate in programs." Visitors will notice new carpet and skylights, all new furnishings, additional seating areas, a separate area for teens and more space for children along with a new checkout and information desk and lighting for the shelving.
The grand re-opening includes classical music by the Mozart Chicks beginning at noon, followed by remarks, a ribbon cutting and cake at 1:30 p.m. Performing at 2 p.m. will be family favorite Brownsmead Flats, a local quintet well known for vocal harmonies and a folk/bluegrass sound.
Ocean Park Timberland Library is located at 1308 256th Place, Ocean Park