NCW Libraries Announce Branch Building Revitalization Program
WENATCHEE – The central Washington library system serving five counties announced this week that it is embarking on a $ 10 million multi-year renovation of 28 of its branches.
NCW Libraries say improvements on the drawing board include revised interior spaces and meeting areas. The library system indicates that the leaders and users of the library in each community will be consulted on their needs and wants, with physical work to begin over the next three to five years, in groups of nine to ten libraries at a time. .
The $ 10 million will come from the NCW Libraries Reserve Fund, which its board of trustees set aside for strategic initiatives in 2018.
All but one of the NCW system library buildings are owned by the cities where they are located or by local community groups. The Wenatchee Public Library, now owned by the Library District itself, underwent a massive $ 4.5 renovation last year.
Executive Director Barbara Walters said the work was aimed at ensuring that all libraries “are safe, accessible and welcoming spaces, positioned to serve the diverse communities of north-central Washington for years to come.”
“The libraries that our municipal partners and friends of the library groups provide to their communities play a crucial role in the library services we are able to provide, and we are extremely grateful to them,” says Walters. “We are excited to partner with building owners and other stakeholders as we begin to discuss how library resources can enhance the library facilities they provide. “
NCW Libraries are planning to hire a facilities manager to oversee the work.
The Wenatchee Public Library recently received a grant of $ 798,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce to fund a second phase of work, to create a teen space and a coffee bar. The District’s Winthrop Library is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.