Library’s second input meeting on Dec. 10

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Blaine Library users will have another chance to influence the design of a future Blaine Library at a second public input meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. The meeting is expected to run until 7 p.m.

The meeting is titled “Developing Character” and it will focus on the look and design of the building, rather than specific library features.

Whatcom County Library System’s (WCLS) design team for the project, Johnston Architects and King Architecture, will present a few floor plan layouts and some design ideas at the meeting, said WCLS deputy director Michael Cox.

“We’ll be talking more about the look and feel of the space on the inside along with what it may look like on the outside,” he said in an email.

At a November meeting, WCLS, its design team, and members of the public discussed quiet spaces, meeting rooms and other typical library design elements. WCLS will host a final public input meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, also at the senior center, and an as-yet unscheduled meeting to share a final design concept.

In addition to the public meetings, WCLS is gathering information using an online survey. To learn more or take the roughly seven-minute survey, visit wcls.org/blaine.

The Blaine Library opened in its current space at 610 3rd Street in 1988. The population of Blaine and the surrounding area has more than doubled since then. In summer 2019, after more than 10 years of fundraising for a new building, Friends of the Blaine Library offered WCLS $50,000 to hire an architect or design team.

WCLS has determined that a much bigger library is necessary. The design process will determine the size of a new library, and whether it will be an addition and remodel to the current building, or an entirely new building at the same location.

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