Work on refitting the unfinished building at 1043 Main St. into Cambria’s new, larger library is expected to begin shortly after the July Fourth holiday weekend and be done in time for the new library to open before year’s end.
Officials and others gathered Thursday, June 20, to cut a ribbon — a strand of yellow caution tape — and celebrate the upcoming initiation of work on the library space.
Supervisor Bruce Gibson, county and local officials, library volunteers and invited guests gathered to cut the tape on the new library’s front steps and share coffee and pastries inside the mostly empty structure.
The exterior of the building is finished, but the interior must be completed. At the ceremony, samples of flooring and fabric were spread out on a table, and plans were available to study.
The old space at 900 Main St. has 2,300 square feet, packed throughout its five-day week with 4,700 cardholders checking out 10,000 items per month. The new space has 5,800 square feet, enough to bring it up to national standards for square-footage per resident.
The ceremony was to honor the hard work of library volunteers and the Friends of the Cambria Library and the generosity of donors, including the Hearst and Hind foundations, former planning commissioner Anne Wyatt, numerous anonymous major donors, and hundreds of North Coast residents and library lovers.
Gibson said after the ribbon cutting that “it warms my heart” to see North Coast library enthusiasts getting the new library they’ve dreamed of for so long. How it happened — with the community raising $1.4 million through donations of “25 cents at a time and $100,000 at a time” — is the “true definition of community,” he said.
“The righteousness of this project is beyond question,” Gibson added.
The county and the Friends of the Cambria Library split the cost of the new library.