Playbook Spring/Summer 2021

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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CONNECT with CONNECT with Bellingham Public Library Bellingham Public Library CENTRAL LIBRARY REMODEL Bellingham Public Library is excited to re-open the Central Library in late spring with a completely remodeled and refreshed main floor. Revisions include improved electrical capacity to support personal digital devices, improved public seating area, new public computer area, new teen area, new study rooms and Skill Share area, new staff work space, new LED lighting, updated public elevator and two public restrooms added on the main floor. "In addition to improved efficiency for our staff, the impact of the physical remodel with new paint, carpet, furnishings and layout will be an emotional boost to our community, demon- strating the high value we place on reading and learning. This boost is especially important as we come out of this difficult pandemic," said Library Director Rebecca Judd. Bellingham Public Library ranks extremely high in use per capita compared to the state average. The Central Library was originally built in 1950 and was last remodeled in 1985. In 2019, the Central Library welcomed 630,000 visits with patrons borrowing 1.2 million items and attending more than 1,000 programs. We wish to especially thank Bellingham Public Works, Tiger Construction and RMC Architects for all their work on this project. 18

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