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Public Invited to Grand Opening of Colfax Library

June 28, 2010

The public is invited to attend a dedication and grand opening ceremony for the newly remodeled Colfax branch of the Placer County Library on Wednesday, June 30.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will host the ceremony to celebrate completion of the remodeling project. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the library, 2 West Church St.

The library has resumed its normal schedule already. It is open from 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The library was closed from June 1-15 so the remodeling work could be completed.

“The reopening ceremony will be a great opportunity for the public to explore the newly refurbished library. I am thrilled with the project, and I know library patrons will like it as much as I do,” said 5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who represents the Colfax area.

“The new branch library is more accessible to children, the disabled and all library users, as well as having more space, new computers, seating and traditional printed offerings. Outside, the building retained its old-time charm, but received a much-needed facelift. Inside, the public will find a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere that encourages patrons to hang out, read, research and experience everything a library has to offer.”

The library now occupies the entire 3,600-square-foot building. The renovation work included:

  • Parking and site-work improvements;
  • Accessible restrooms;
  • An interior and exterior paint job;
  • A new entry, flooring, ceiling, doors, windows and roof;
  • New fire-sprinkler and alarm systems;
  • Electrical, mechanical and structural upgrades; and
  • A layout that will make it easier for the disabled to move around the library.

Friends of the Colfax Library worked closely with the county on the project. President Heidi Johnson is proud of her group’s role.

“Our tenacious group of volunteers has worked tirelessly to attain this goal. Through our fundraising and our participation in the process, we've helped to keep this project focused and alive,” she said. “One of the more visible results of our fundraising has been the $6,700 commission of the lovely stained-glass windows in the children's section.”

Placer County incorporated into the project suggestions from the Colfax City Council and Weimar-Applegate-Colfax Municipal Advisory Council.