Opening celebration planned for downtown Renton Library

A festive ribbon-cutting celebration, self-guided tour and barbecue is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 22, at 100 Mill Avenue South, Renton.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:43pm
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An opening celebration is planned for the downtown Renton Library on August 22.

The downtown Renton Library is expected to open next month and a festive ribbon-cutting celebration, self-guided tour and barbecue is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 22, at 100 Mill Avenue South, Renton.

King County Library System officials, City of Renton representatives, community leaders, library staff, Friends of the Library and area residents have been invited to celebrate the occasion. The comprehensive library remodel included structural renovations, enhanced data access, improved interior design and fixtures. The design retained the library’s beloved setting spanning the Cedar River.

The new library features more materials, more computers, expanded wireless access and dedicated areas for children and teens, stated a KCLS press release.

“Today is a proud moment for Renton and our region as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Renton library,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law in the release. “This is the library of the 21st century—a place that brings together the vision of our community where amazing architecture meets nature. It is unique but functional, an iconic landmark for Renton and a great place of learning and for the community to gather.”

New KCLS Director Gary Wasdin also had comments on the new facility:

“This is an exciting time for Renton. We appreciate the support of Mayor Denis Law and the City of Renton to ensure that the Renton Library is a beautiful community resource, available and welcoming to everyone,” said Wasdin.

The public is invited to explore the new library following the ribbon-cutting and to enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Renton Library. Highlights include a musical extravaganza for kids and families featuring Eli Rosenblatt, and a celebratory BBQ in Liberty Park from 11:00-12:30pm, hosted by the City of Renton. Boom, the Seahawks mascot, will also attend.

In preparation for the library opening, the temporary library site at 64 Rainier Ave. S. will be closing on Wednesday, August 19, at 7pm.


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