The long-anticipated renovation of the Library has begun! The building at 320 North First Street which used to house the Library and City offices will be opened up so the Library will have additional space to bring a new and improved 21st century library to the community. The children’s library area will be expanded and there will be a meeting room for the various community groups to use where the front utility office used to be. The City Council Chambers will remain in the center area of the building, but it will be made accessible from the library so the space can be used as a reading area and for other functions.
The Kalama Library was formed by AMALAK back in 1917 and has enjoyed several locations over the years, such as the Community Building and its current location in the Bookmobile. The Kalama Library is no longer a place for checking out books or using reference materials alone, but a multi-media community center serving all the citizens of Kalama. The project is expected to be complete by early summer 2017. Once completed, the AMALAK and library supporters will have a 100-year anniversary celebration to welcome the fully operational Library back to the community.