With a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, The Community Library in Ketchum officially completed a four-month renovation.
According to the library’s website, the library, which was built in 1976, has been planning the project since 2014.
In 1955, 17 visionary Ketchum and Sun Valley women founded the Community Library Association as a privately funded, privately governed, nonprofit cultural organization. Today, the library building encompasses 27,635 square feet, covering almost an entire city block, and holds more than 127,000 items in its collection.
“I’m thankful for the commitment of the community to invest in this project,” Director of Philanthropy Carter Hedberg said.
Executive Director Jenny Emery Davidson said the library’s renovations really began with the need to make repairs at the entrance, which about 400 people pass through every day.
“The Community Library’s Spruce Street entrance is a front porch for everyone!” Davidson said. “Now it is not only more handsome, but also easier than ever for everyone to come through the front doors—even if you have an armful of books or you’re pushing a stroller or you’re using a walker or a wheelchair. The message is, ‘Come in!’—to read, wonder and connect with a world of ideas.”
The library’s reference room has been turned into a learning commons in tune with multimedia learning styles and new computers.
“We wanted to add more kinds of study spaces,” Davidson said. “We wanted more ways to navigate people through digital technologies.”