The grand opening of the new Chemainus library is coming up on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Grand opening of new Chemainus library on March 7

There will be cake, refreshments, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and more

The grand opening of the new Chemainus library is being celebrated Saturday, March 7.

The latest addition to the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s branches at 9796 Willow St. will be alive with revellers, entertainers and dignitaries to officially welcome the state-of-the-art new library to the community.

“From the moment the new branch opened its doors to the public in early 2020, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive and excited,” noted Brenda Leigh, the VIRL’s board chair. “I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to bring this beautiful library to reality. This new, modern Chemainus library is sure to bring inspiration and excitement to our library users.”

The fun starts at 1 p.m. and includes an official welcome from Stz’uminus elder Buffy David, speeches, a ribbon cutting, cake and refreshments, and the always-enigmatic children’s entertainer, Captain Thunderpants. From there, attendees are welcome to peruse the library at their leisure and to familiarize themselves with the beautiful new space.

The first 30 people there will receive a prize pack.

The branch, with its West Coast inspired design and abundance of natural light, offers: 5,000 square feet of floor space; increased staffing levels; expanded hours of operation; a larger collection with many new materials; an expanded program schedule; more public computers; a vibrant children’s area; a lounging area with fireplace; a laptop bar; study space; a bookable multipurpose room and more.

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