OPENING THE DOORS TO KNOWLEDGE
Save the date!
Sunday March 1st – 2-4PM
The Grand Opening ceremony for the newly remodeled Morro Bay Public Library, “Opening the Doors to Knowledge,” will be held Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 2-4pm. The ceremony is to honor and thank the many people who contributed to the successful renovation of the library’s interior.
Mistress of Ceremonies for the celebration will be former Librarian Jude Sanner Long, who managed the Morro Bay Branch for more than 30 years.
Mayor Jamie Irons will cut the ribbon at 2:00 and short speeches by District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson, Library Director Chris Barnickel and Branch Manager Jackie Kinsey will follow.
Refreshments will be served courtesy of Morro Bay Friends of the Library and local musicians Guy Budd and Inga Swearingen will perform. Mary Hay of Hay Printing has designed keepsake bookmarks to celebrate the event.
Our beautiful, new library will re-open in February, after books and furniture are moved into the completed building at 625 Harbor Street. Morro Bay Friends of the Library paid for 100% of the upgrade with the exception of county funding for ADA compliance requirements and a Community Development Federal grant of $80,000 to upgrade the rest rooms. With the help of the generous citizens of Morro Bay and dozens of book sales, the Friends raised more than $500,000 to pay for the project.
The library building closed June 21, 2014, and construction began in July under the supervision of Architect Shana Reiss and SLO County Department of General Services. The remodel added 30% more usable space inside the building as well as 30% more shelf space for books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs. The children’s section was enlarged and a new teen section was added, as well as more computer stations and a patio enclosure. A separate Program Room was built in and named after Henry B Humboldt, father of Bertha M Schulz, a major donor to the library.
Additional work is still being planned to upgrade the exterior landscaping. Morro Bay In Bloom has offered to present a plan for City and Friends’ approval and the County will pay for plants and irrigation.
The Friends, already looking into the future, have started a fund to pay for the next Remodel Project. Book sales are a major part of fundraising and will resume with a major book sale April 18, 2015, at the Community Center. Please bring your donations of books, CDs, DVDs, to the Library to help support the sale. Books and magazines are also on sale in the library lobby every day and cash donations are always gratefully accepted.
Morro Bay Friends of the Library appreciate and thank the wonderful community of Morro Bay which has supported and stood by its library since 1922.
There’s still time to help with the remodel. Click HERE to donate to the fund. There are still some naming opportunities available.
Members of the board, our architect and our councilperson touring the construction zone at the library
Come and visit the temporary location. The library staff is happy to help!
535 HARBOR STREET, MORRO BAY
HOURS ARE TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 10AM-5PM
SERVICES AVAILABLE AT OUR TEMPORARY SITE INCLUDE:
Check out and return items.
Books on CD
Current magazines and newspapers
Holds can be placed and picked up with no more $1.00 hold fee !!
Outside Book Return box
The Library still has lots of special events!
- Book Discussions will be held at the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, Wednesdays at 10am
- The North Coast Writers will continue to meet at the Chamber of Commerce, every Third Saturday of the month at 10am.
- Sorry, but story time is discontinued until reopening, due to limited space.
And remember ALL the Wednesday Book Club Programs are temporarily meeting at the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Check out the remodel FAQs HERE.
2014 was a banner year for our library. The Morro Bay Friends of the Library would like to thank all our donors, volunteers and communities for their support of the remodel plans.
We would like to give a special thank you to our wonderful neighbors; Coalesce, the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and St. Timothy’s Catholic Church for working with all of us during this transition time. We value knowing how much they are willing to be there for us when the Library moves to the interim location, and we are grateful for their support.
The Morro Bay Friends of the Library is proud to announce that Mr. Gordon Lu (Lu Chi Fa) has generously offered to give $10.00 from the sale of his autobiography “Double Luck” to the Library’s Remodel Project. Books must be purchased at the Morro Bay Library or at Mr. Lu’s Coffee Pot Restaurant on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.
For more information about Mr. Lu and “Double Luck” click HERE.
The architect’s rendering of the new Children’s Area.
Morro Bay Library Hours During Construction
Mondays – Closed
Tuesdays – 10am-5pm
Wednesdays – 10am-5pm
Thursdays – 10am-5pm
Fridays – 10am-5pm
Saturdays – 10am-5pm
Sundays – Closed
Contact UsMorro Bay Friends of the Library 625 Harbor St. Morro Bay, CA 93442 805-772-6394 EMAIL Don’t have a Paypal account? Use the “continue” link at the bottom left side of the Paypal page to make a donation with a credit card or bank account.
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