Forks Branch reopening in December
The Forks branch of the North Olympic Library System is planning to reopen in mid-December in its permanent location at 171 South Forks Avenue after an extensive 6-month renovation. Since June, the Library has been offering limited services on a temporary basis in a small “pocket library” in the West End Business and Technology Center (ICN Building) on Spartan Avenue. The pocket library will close on Saturday, November 9 to allow staff to move furniture, equipment, books and other materials back into the renovated Forks Branch Library. The refurbished full-service branch will reopen to the public on Tuesday, December 17 with a grand opening gala scheduled for Saturday, December 21 from 1 to 3pm.
The renovation includes a new roof, new energy-efficient heating/ventilation system, insulated windows, new wall and floor coverings, a new conference room, completely renovated restrooms, an updated meeting room, new technology including an express-check-out station, and more. When completed, the cost of the project is estimated to be about $835,000, close to the original budget estimate. About 80% of the funding ($660,000) is coming from the North Olympic Library System, including more than $400,000 from timber/forest products revenue. The balance has been raised by the community with the leadership of the Forks Friends of the Library. The project architect is Jerry Schlie of Beaver. The general contractor is Hoch Construction of Port Angeles.
The Friends of the Library are still seeking donations to cover the cost of building enhancements, such as new window blinds, book display accessories, and more. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please contact the Forks Branch Library at 374.6402.
NOLS and PUD partner to help you save energy
The Library and the PUD are jointly sponsoring a program at each NOLS branch where you can learn how to use a watt detector to save on your energy bills as well as more ideas for reducing your household energy consumption. Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits are available for checkout. Click here for more information about this program.
Events for Kids and Young Adults
Winter Storytimes @ Forks Branch Library
The April 25th Storytime is CANCELLED
January 10 - March 28
Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and craft activities!