Expanded and Renovated Auburn Library Reopens!
More than 250 people attended the opening celebration of the expanded and renovated Auburn Library on the morning of Saturday, September 15.
As the crowd gathered, the Take Note Jazz Combo from Auburn Riverside High School entertained the crowd. KCLS Director Bill Ptacek then welcomed the residents to the ribbon-cutting and a number of dignitaries addressed the crowd, including KCLS Board Trustee Jessica Bonebright, Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer and the Friends of the Auburn Library President, Joan Mason.
“This is going to be an outstanding library for years to come,” said Mayor Pete Lewis. “This is another asset of the Les Gove campus.”
The 5,000 square foot library expansion project brings the library to a total of 20,000 square feet, thanks to the $172 million library capital bond approved by voters to fund major improvement projects at KCLS libraries. Two sides of the original building were expanded and glass walls allow views of neighboring Les Gove Park. Additional features include a central reading area that encourages gathering, a modified entryway, a new Children’s Area, four small study rooms, a quiet study room and a flexible meeting room. The project includes expanded parking (29 more spaces), structural and electrical improvements and a rain garden. Three new pieces of artwork by Paul Vexler are on display, titled Amoeba Like, Smooth 360 and Helix with Internal Element.
“It’s about transparency and opening the building up to the community,” said architect Walter Schacht.