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Langley Library to close for makeover | UPDATE

The Langley Library will be closed for 17 days starting Saturday, Aug. 20 for a renovation project that includes a new paint job, carpet removal and the replacement of several existing built-in furniture units.

The library will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Sno-Isle Libraries said the project was made possible by Jacqueline Bundy, who left a generous bequest to the library system, combined with support of the Friends of the Langley Library, the city of Langley and Sno-Isle Libraries.

Sno-Isle spokesman Ken Harvey said the library was last remodeled in 1994, and in the years since, library services have evolved and expanded to the point that the furnishings are too outdated for current users.

Planned changes include remodeling the check-out desk, expanding the book drop, and opening up the entry space by relocating and replacing front entry furniture. The total cost of the project is $59,000.

The bulk of the funding for the project comes from a $65,000 bequest to the Langley Library made by Bund — a generous gift that was quite unexpected, Harvey said.

“She loved the library and she wanted to make sure there was money to take care of the Langley Library,” he said. “It was a wonderful surprise for us.”

Harvey said Bund was known as a pleasant, quiet woman who came into the Langley Library to do The New York Times crossword every week. She also brought in treats; “lovely biscuits from the British Isles.”

The Langley Library is closing just as the Clinton Library reopens Aug. 19 after a weeklong closure for internal upgrades, including new paint, carpeting and more floor plugs for laptop users.

Langley Library customers should note that WiFi service will be unavailable at the branch during the closure and all library materials should be returned to the Freeland Library or the Clinton Library.

All incoming holds for Langley patrons will be sent to the Freeland Library during the closure period.

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