Nearly 100 people checked out the Olney library’s grand-reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday morning.
Speakers, including County Executive Isiah Leggett, Council President Craig L. Rice (D- Dist. 2) of Germantown, Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist 14) of Brookeville, Library Manager Joseph Eagan and Greater Olney Civic Association President John Webster thanked the community for its patience during the lengthy closure.
Several children helped the officials cut the ribbon, thus opening the doors to a steady stream of excited patrons.
Although he Olney library closed on December 30, 2010, in preparation for the expansion and renovation project, construction did not begin until the spring of 2012. In July, work slowed to a halt just before the general contractor, Milestone Construction informed the county that it was ceasing business operations throughout the region. Milestone agreed to complete the project, and the county worked with a surety company and closely monitored the situation to see the project to completion.
The Olney Library, located on a 2.5-acre parcel at 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road, originally opened in 1981.
The $13 million project included expanding the building from 16,825 square-feet to 22,574 square-feet, and a complete renovation of the interior. The energy-efficient facility offers increased seating, program rooms, meeting areas, separate children’s and teen areas, quiet and group study rooms, and new furnishings.