Friends of the Point Roberts Library May 2017

By Judy Ross

In April, the Friends of the Point Roberts Library (FOPRL), the Point Roberts Park and Recreation District, and Whatcom County Library Services (WCLS) signed the new memo of understanding to move to the completion of the new library.

FOPRL will provide an additional $140,000 that it has raised over the past five months; WCLS will contribute up to $160,000 to complete the $300,000 that the levy would have raised; and the park and rec district will supervise the construction of the library.

The MOU has other aspects that deal with future issues, but these are the critical ones to move this project forward: we now have $840,000. The permitting is largely completed, and the project architect, David King, will now prepare the bid documents which will then be put out to contractors. Everyone hopes that local contractors will submit competitive bids. With luck, the construction will begin in the coming months.

This has been a long road, close to six years, and those of us who have worked on the fundraising are deeply grateful to the many hundreds of people who have contributed. Many of those people have contributed not just once, but repeatedly, else we would never have arrived at this moment. This is an unusual community along many dimensions, but its generosity is off the charts.

At the end of May, we will hold our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the community center.

That is Memorial Day weekend, a time in which we look back. However, it is also a time to look forward to the new Point Roberts Library, for now and for many years to come.

We hope all of you who have supported the new library over these years will consider joining us to celebrate what this community has achieved.

– Judy Ross, for the Friends of the Point Roberts Library

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