As of February 22, 2017
All work has been completed on the Community Room and we are now accepting reservations from members of the public for room use. Please see our Community Room Reservations page for details on reserving the room.
We thank you for your patience during this renovation, and as always, remain thankful that no one was injured.
As of January 20, 2017
Community Room Temporary Occupancy Permit Issued
After more than 3 months of construction, the interior of the Community Room has been renovated and the town Building Inspector has issued us a Temporary Certificate of Use and Occupancy. The final permit will be issued once the kitchen renovation and exterior of the building is completed.
In addition to the parking space curb stops that were put in place soon after the accident, this week boulders were moved in front of the exterior Community Room wall to create a second barrier between the parking lot and the building.
Starting on January 23rd we will resume holding library events in the Community Room. We will not be taking reservations from the community until the kitchen and exterior are completed and we have a final occupancy permit. We hope that will happen within a few weeks.
We are looking forward to opening the room, with its new carpeting, lighting and windows and thank the community for its patience during this time. And still, every day, we remain thankful no one was injured in the accident.
As of December
Repairs are proceeding to the Community Room and Community Room Kitchen . The earliest the room will be available is mid to late January. We will update the library website each month with details about the progress of the repair. We ask for your patience while we work through the details, and remain very thankful that no one was injured. The library staff looks forward to continuing to offer services and programs to the Bellingham Community. The room will not be available for booking by outside groups until we have an exact reopen date.
As of November
Repairs have begun to the Community Room and Community Room Kitchen and have an estimated 8-12 week time frame. The earliest the room will be available is early to mid-January. We will update the library website each month with details about the progress of the repair.
We ask for your patience while we work through the details, and remain very thankful that no one was injured. The library staff looks forward to continue offering services and programs to the Bellingham Community.
As of October 27, 2016
We have received a preliminary estimate from J Brian Day, the emergency restoration and cleanup company that responded to the library accident on October 7, 2016. The estimate will be reviewed by the insurance companies and once details are ironed out, the repair of the room will commence.
We are working with the estimating company on the reconstruction plan. The timeline for the repair of the community room and kitchen, once it begins is 8 to 12 weeks of construction. Therefore, both rooms will not be available to us until sometime in mid-December at the earliest, and we are planning on it not being available until mid- to late January.
Last week the DPW installed curb stops along the 12 parking spaces that are facing the library building. In addition, the room will not open to the public until a second barrier is placed between the sidewalk and the building. That barrier may initially be jersey barriers or some other temporary structure until we can secure funding for a more permanent solution.
The Library Trustees have consulted with the DPW and Police Department on Parking Lot Safety, and as a result would like the community to know the following:
Library patrons, especially children, when leaving the library building often do so without exercising proper caution in the parking lot, both on foot and on bicycles. When we witness it, we make clear to them that cars are coming and going from the lot and they need to be more cautious. However, library staff does not routinely supervise the outside of the library building.
Occasionally, we have had issues with children disrespecting library property by climbing trees, going into staff only and mechanical areas. In addition, they often congregate in the parking lot impeding automobile and patron access by playing or just standing in groups. This is simply unsafe. Too often we see groups of children congregating in areas that are meant for automobiles, or playing on the edge of a sidewalk where one step could put them into the path of a car, and although we ask them to move, as stated above, we do not routinely supervise outside of the library building.
We ask that you aid us in informing your children that the parking lot is not a congregating or recreation area. If your child is NOT using library services, we ask that they not loiter on library property.
We are very thankful that no one was injured in the accident earlier in the month and thank the community for their support and understanding during the reconstruction time.