Troutdale Grand Opening Celebration

Any time there’s a new library opening, it’s definitely a time for celebration. More likely than not, we’re going to be there taking in the festivities. 2010 was great for library lovers since Multnomah County Library had recently opened their new Kenton location earlier in the year and now here we were for Troutdale’s Grand Opening Celebration.

Pearl and I took the long ride from downtown Portland to Troutdale via public transit on this warm summer day.  We talked about how we admired the fact that the library was making sure that all corners of the county had access to books, computers, and library events. We made it in time for the dedication ceremony with speeches from Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke, architect David Wark and others.

Hard hats were being given out to kids. Refreshments were being handed out. A fun time was had by all, we’re sure. Enjoy these pictures from that day!

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Cedar Mill Community Library

12505 Northwest Cornell Road, Portland, OR

I found my name on the top of this list! 🙂

I love these super comfortable chairs! The Cedar Mill Community Library has over 190,000 items in its collection and more than 300 periodical subscriptions.

This quilt celebrates local authors. Can you find Beverly Cleary's Ramona hanging upside on a tree branch?


Kenton Library Grand Opening Celebration

The newest branch in the Multnomah County Library district opened its doors in early March and later had a grand opening celebration.

Its layout was still pretty standard- boxy with a community meeting room at the back. But what made it different was the openness of it all, from the glass wall entrance and exposed wood-beamed ceiling. Apparently they reused wood from the original structure, the building previously being a hardware store.

I was there for the dedication ceremony which included speeches from the Director of Libraries and a Multnomah County Commissioner. Other events throughout the day included jazz and coffee, cupcakes and lemonade, and crafts for kid. There was definitely a celebratory feel in the air. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a library so jam-packed. And everyone was free to hoot and holler as much and as loud as they wanted for that day.

I was excited to attend such an event considering all the budget cuts happening threatening jobs, hours and services. It showed just how libraries are integral parts of communities, as centers of fun, information and education. Also, as noted by the speakers, they have an additional effect in revitalizing their neighborhoods, being good for the surrounding businesses.

So, to me, the opening of any library is always an optimistic sign.