The Pasco branch of the Mid Columbia Libraries had been closed since Thanksgiving while workers installed new shelving, furniture and carpeting, and several new electrical outlets for tablets and other mobile devices.
PASCO, WA - The Mid Columbia Libraries has turned the page and begun a new chapter.
A mariachi band Thursday welcomed visitors to the newly remodeled Pasco branch. The library had been closed since Thanksgiving while workers installed new shelving, furniture and carpeting, and several new electrical outlets for tablets and other mobile devices.
Mid Columbia Libraries Executive Director Kyle Cox says the libraries must keep up with the times.
"The older libraries have a lot of study tables and that kind of furniture. And now you see a lot more arm chairs, places for people to read, to rest, to be on the Kindles, Nooks and their iPads," Cox says. "So it was important that we have not only the outlets for power for the devices, but the places for people to sit and be comfortable."
The $140,000 makeover isn't finished. When the weather warms up, the City of Pasco will paint the exterior of the building and put up a new sign at the front door.
The library plans remodels in the New Year for the branches in Prosser, Othello and Connell. The branches in Kennewick are slated for remodeling in 2015. All branches will get new carpeting, which, Cox says, is a good thing, because it shows the libraries see a lot of traffic.
The Mid Columbia Libraries system boasts of seeing more than two million visitors last year.