Darrington celebrates its revamped library

DARRINGTON — The library is open, and the party is planned.

A formal ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at the newly renovated Darrington Library is set for 11 a.m. Monday at 1005 Cascade St.

Members of Darrington Friends of the Library plan to provide refreshments.

The celebration is the start of a week of special programs to welcome readers back to the expanded and remodeled library.

The Darrington Library reopened in late October after being closed four months for a $450,000 expansion and remodeling project that added about 1,300 square feet to the existing library building.

The library now has a multipurpose room for the community, new restrooms and additional work space, Sno-Isle Libraries spokeswoman Mary Kelly said.

The town owns the library building, which is part of Town Hall, and Sno-Isle Libraries runs the library. The expansion project was funded by the town, Sno-Isle Libraries, a Snoho­mish County community block grant and timber-tax reserve funds from the rural Darrington Library District.

The week of the dedication includes the following programs at the library:

Darrington Travelers: Rafting the Grand Canyon with George Winters, Bridget Wisniewski and Eileen Porch. Experience the thrills and chills of the mighty Colorado River without getting wet. 7 p.m. Monday.

Teen Tuesday Games Day: Enjoy an afternoon playing Wii, Nintendo DS and “Guitar Hero” with your friends. 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Music to Open the Library: Relax with muffins and coffee while listening to a selection of recorded music with guide Clarence Caspers. 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Computer classes geared for the novice computer or Internet user. Call the library to register. Classes are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Used book sale: Darrington Friends of the Library hosts a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

For more information, call librarian Linda McPherson at 360-436-1600.

Reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427 or gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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