After waiting more than three years, the community came together Saturday to celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated and expanded Gaithersburg library.
The grand reopening event, at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., began with opening remarks from library director Kay Bowman and County Executive Isiah Leggett. Face painting, storytelling and musical performances also helped to usher in a new era for the library.
The celebration marked the end of a $25.6 million major renovation project that expanded the 33,700-square-foot structure by adding 22,200 square feet on the main level and 7,900 square feet on a partial second floor. The library had been closed since May 2010, and construction began in December 2011.