Fall City Library Opens to the Community!
More than 175 people gathered to celebrate the new Fall City Library on the morning of Saturday, May 3.
As the crowd gathered outside the front doors to the new 5,000 square foot library for the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, members of the Chief Kanim Middle School Ensemble entertained the crowd.
Many people took seats and others crowded around as King County Library System Director Bill Ptacek welcomed everyone to the new library.
Dignitaries addressed the crowd, including Board of Trustee member Richard Eadie, who said that residents will have access to more than five million books, magazines, CDs and DVDs in the KCLS system.
Also in attendance was King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who thanked the community for gathering to celebrate the new building. “Every day is a great day to read a book and it is a pleasure to be out here to see people congregate,” Lambert said.
Representatives of the architect, Miller-Hull Partnership, and the builder, BNBuilders, also said a few words about the new building they had been working on since the groundbreaking in June 2007.
“There is no greater pleasure than to work on a building that the public will enjoy,” said Sian Roberts, with Miller-Hull Partnership.
With the help of several children, the dignitaries cut the ribbon to the front doors of the new library. As the crowd entered the new building for the first time, they were greeted by Dewey and Sketch and enjoyed refreshments and free giveaways including buttons, book bags, coloring books and bookmarks.
The new $2.7 million library is part of the $172 million capital replacement bond approved by voters in 2004. The new library was constructed together with four other libraries as a design-build project, which has more cost-assurance than traditional building methods as the cost of the project is established prior to the start of construction.