About 30 residents, officials and library staff celebrated the grand opening of the Del Mar Library's expansion April 16. The enclosure of the outdoor patio into a 550-square-foot community room was described by many as a dream come true.
"I am so thrilled to have it," said Pat Freeman, treasurer of the Friends of the Del Mar Library, which donated $50,000 toward the $250,000 project.
Supervisor Pam Slater-Price was recognized for her support of the project - the County Board of Supervisors contributed $200,000, the bulk of the cost. Price also secured another $25,000 for the new roof for the rest of the building, which will be constructed in the coming weeks.
"Contrary to popular opinion, libraries are always running out of space and that's a good thing," Slater-Price said.
But now, thanks to the efforts of many, the community has a wonderful space to gather, Mayor Crystal Crawford said.
Crawford thanked the Del Mar Farmer's Market, which contributed $7,000 for tables and chairs for the comfortable and airy room, which will arrive by the end of May. The market also donated $10,000 for the new roof.
All applauded the construction team for a seamless job integrating the new room into the historic building.
"No one will believe it's an addition," said Barbara Flynn, deputy director of county libraries.
The room is available for meetings and events.
To make a reservation, call the library at 755-1666.