Work on Poulsbo library progresses despite shipping delays

POULSBO — While COVID-19 hasn’t brought work at the Poulsbo branch of the Kitsap Regional Library to a halt, there have been some shipping delays.

KRL Director Jill Jean said Friday there had been a hold up in some of the shipments of the new furniture and construction materials. The hope is to have everything in place sometime in June.

“We don’t think it will hold the project back too much, maybe a couple of weeks,” Jean said.

Workers have been able to go forward with some of the other work — gutting the interior, painting and laying new carpeting. The library had been closed since March 9 and was intended to reopen on June 1. Jean anticipated that the library could reopen even if all of the furniture is not yet in place by that time.

Areas are being rearranged to make it more user-friendly for children, tweens and teens alike. There will be more seating with better lighting and space for children and families that is set back away from the hustle and bustle of the main entrance.

“We’ve added windows along the back wall which look down to the parking area, which will be stunning with the natural light,” Jean said.

For teenagers, the library is adding new computers and furniture as well as mobile shelving so the area can easily be rejiggered for programs and gatherings. A designated space for children ages 10 to 12 will also have a similar area set aside for them.

As previously reported, the total cost of the update will be $652,000 with the majority of that money coming from a 2017 levy as well as from the library’s capital budget. The Poulsbo Friends of the Library contributed an additional $40,000.

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