Out With the Old, In With the New: CDM Branch Library Closing for Reconstruction
The library in Corona del Mar has had a long history, and a few locations, beginning in a storefront on the corner of Goldenrod and Pacific Coast Highway around 1948. On July 28, 1959, the library opened its doors at its current location, with an expansion taking place in 1968. (For more on the history of the Corona del Mar Branch Library, click HERE.)
And now a new date will soon be included in its history. On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 6:00pm, the Corona del Mar Branch Library will close its doors to make way for a new library and fire station project. Groundbreaking for the new project is scheduled for April 10, 2018, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2019.
Along with Fire Station No. 5, the Corona del Mar Branch Library architectural plans include a children’s area with space for storytimes, an outdoor patio, and stroller parking. The currently scheduled Books and Babies storytime will now be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at Grant Howald Park’s Community Youth Center. Click HERE to view the complete schedule of storytimes available at other branches.
Be sure to drop by and take a look before demolition. A farewell event is scheduled for March 14th from 2pm-4pm. The Friends of the Library will also be hosting a book sale on March 24th (10am-2pm) and March 25th (11am-2pm) at the site. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund future library collections and programs.
**Photo on right courtesy of Newport Beach Public Library