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Britney Ruiz-Lopez, 5, of Aberdeen, contemplates a jar filled with shiny, gold stars at the Aberdeen library earlier this month. Throughout the summer there will be guessing jars at all of the Timberland library branches. Those who can guess the quantity of the jars’ contents will win prizes like a free book, puzzle or even a shower curtain. The game is part of the Dream Big Read series and is free to play.
The Aberdeen Timberland Regional Library branch will close for 12 days at the end of the month in order to renovate high-traffic areas of the library, including public restrooms, carpet and wall surfaces.
The closure runs from Monday, July 30, to Saturday, Aug. 11, reopening on Monday, Aug. 13. The branch is always closed on Sunday.
Patrons may return materials to book drops outside the branch, and materials checked out since July 9 will not be due until Aug. 13. Items placed on hold at the Aberdeen branch that arrive during the closure, or that haven’t been picked up before the closure, will be available for pickup at the Hoquiam branch. Patrons may change their pickup location before the closure. If patrons can’t make it to Hoquiam to pick up holds, they will be back at the Aberdeen branch when it re-opens.
Children may also visit Library in the Parks sites in Aberdeen to pick up books and participate in games and activities. The parks series is funded by the Grays Harbor Community Foundation Marian Weatherwax Endownment, and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following days through Aug. 16: Mondays in Finch Park, Tuesdays in North End Park, Wednesdays in West End Park, and Thursdays in Pioneer Park.
Changes to the library will include: New hand dryers, faucets, counter tops and mirrors along with repairs in the restrooms; replacement of carpet in high-traffic areas; repairs and painting to walls and additional wall and corner guards; upgrades to fan and duct work in two meeting rooms, magazine/newspaper area, restrooms and manager’s officer, and installation of digital HVAC controls; installation of additional lighting in some areas; and repair and cleaning of computer work stations.
Design work was done by Montesano architecture firm Street, Lundgren & Foster. Rognlin’s Inc. won the bid for construction at $97,975, to be paid with funding from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation Kathryn N. Sherk bequest, the Weatherwax Charitable Remainder Trust, the Timberland Regional Library District and the Don Ratke estate.
New art will also be installed. Watercolors by Ken Mitchell commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will be added to the library gallery.
The Aberdeen Timberland Library is located at 121 E Market St. For more information or assistance, call the library at 533-2360, the TRL Central Reference Service at 1-800-562-6022, or visit www.trl.org.