In this second community meeting, on Monday July 16, we will move beyond collecting ideas and into building design. Come ready to discuss the library facility needs and work together to overcome some of the challenges of the site.
June 12, 2018
Our gratitude goes to the 65+ community members who attended the first of our three Birch Bay Library Community Input Sessions last night at the BP Heron Center. It was gratifying to see such a large turnout. We were glad to have an opportunity to provide details about the Birch Bay Library project and even more so to hear your opinions and thoughts about developing a library design for the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library.
We will have two more community meetings on July 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and August 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to continue this dialogue with Birch Bay residents. Please watch for updates on the WCLS website (www.wcls.org) and be sure to “like” the Birch Bay Library Facebook Page and subscribe to the Birch Bay Library Update Email to stay informed.
- Storytimes on the lawn
- A quiet reading area with bay views
- A modern library with WiFi, public computers, a teen space, a meeting room, books, movies, music, and more!
Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is committed to expanding library services to the 8,400+ members of the Birch Bay community. In April 2017, WCLS purchased property at 7968 Birch Bay Drive for a future full-service library that will one day replace WCLS Bookmobile service to Birch Bay.
The official name of the new library, once built, will be the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library in honor of the original family who homesteaded this area, and their descendants who sold the property to WCLS. This is in keeping with the Everson McBeath Community Library, named for a former mayor of Everson.
WCLS is now working with the Friends of the Birch Bay Library, who will raise the funds to pay for the new library. The initial (very rough) estimates for the total cost of the project, including the purchase of the land, come to $3.5 million to build a 6,000 square foot library. Once built, the library will be owned by WCLS and all long-term maintenance will be the responsibility of WCLS. WCLS will purchase furniture and equipment for the building. Long-term, the library system will provide staffing, supplies, technology, and library collections to keep the library operating efficiently.
Many are familiar with the “brown house” located on the property. It was built in 1913 and serves as a landmark. Currently, the intention is to incorporate the house in some way into the design of the new library. The size of the house is not sufficient for use long-term, so the plan is to build a modern addition to bring the total size of the library to 6,000 square feet. This works out to approximately .75 square feet per person, which is the WCLS standard.