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Update: Woodside Library remodeling on schedule

A grand reopening is planned for mid-April.

Work on the $2.8 million remodeling of the Woodside Library is on schedule and is expected to be completed by the end of March, according to Woodside Town Manager Kevin Bryant.

A grand reopening is planned for mid-April. The library originally opened in 1968.

The exterior part of the remodeling and seismic strengthening is complete, Mr. Bryant said. Work on the interior is beginning.

The single-story building has a new roof and the inside has been cleared of obstructions and is now "a big space," he said.

Plans for the 5,000-square-foot interior include a new floor plan with gathering spaces for children and teens, more capacity for digital materials, more light, and lower energy bills.

The restrooms will be new and the library will have new accessibility features required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The building will have renewed insulation, framing, electrical, data and fire-suppression systems as well as a new storm-water runoff system.

Funds for the remodeling were drawn from accumulated Woodside property-tax revenue dedicated for library purposes.

During remodeling, patrons are advised to go to the Portola Valley Library at 765 Portola Road. Children's programs were moved to Woodside's Independence Hall. Complaints about the changes, if any, "have not found their way to my desk," Mr. Bryant said.

Go to woodsidetown.org and the link "Library Remodel in Progress" for photos and more information.

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