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Facility improvements allow library to reinstate daytime access; story time on Mondays to resume

COURTESY PHOTO - Columbia City Community Library Director, Cathy Lundberg, Friends of Library President Wendy Wells, project coordinator Kit Gardes, Columbia City Mayor Casey Wheeler and St. Helens School District Superintendent Scot Stockwell pose for a photo at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the Columbia City Community Library on Saturday, Sept. 14. Volunteers with the library announced new hours starting this month after a series of facilities upgrades were completed earlier this year. Starting this month, the Columbia City Community Library will expand its hours and restore weekly story time events.

Volunteers with the community library announced this week that, starting in October, the library will be open five days a week with varying hours and will bring back story time every Monday.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, and will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays at 11 a.m., Library Director Cathy Lundberg will reinstate story time for children of all ages to attend.

Earlier this year, the Columbia City Community Library was able to build new fencing and a sidewalk leading to the building. The library is located on St. Helens School District property and is adjacent to the Columbia City Elementary School, within the playground area.

When the school was shuttered from 2012 to 2017, the old gate near the library could be left open, but when the elementary school reopened, the gate needed to be locked for safety reasons, limiting access for library patrons during school hours. Visitors to the library would have to sign in at the school office to access the building, which made the process onerous and complex. To accommodate, the library shifted its hours to be open only after school, volunteers with the library explained.

Long-term plans led to the installation of new fencing and a new sidewalk to allow patrons to enter the library through a separate entrance. Those improvements were completed earlier this year with funds from the Friends of the Columbia City Community Library.

With the facility improvements, the volunteer-run library will now be able to reinstate its daytime hours during the week, even when students are in session at the elementary school.

During the annual Columbia City Celebration in September, library volunteers, Columbia City Mayor Casey Wheeler and St. Helens Superintendent Scot Stockwell hosted a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to celebrate.

For more information about the library visit www.freewebs.com/cccomlibrary.


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