Library officials are unveiling the newly remodeled library in Columbia Falls this week.
ImagineIF Libraries is holding a community celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m., with live music by the Ashley Creek Ramblers. The public is invited to tour the newly remodeled library and enjoy refreshments and a community photo exhibit, Portraits of the Flathead.
The renovation included redesigned holds pickup and self-checkout areas, fresh paint and a new service desk. Further updates, coming later this month, are another step toward a welcoming, versatile and interactive library, library officials said. The changes include a revamped children’s area with added space for programs and interactives, a separate nook just for teens, an updated technology lounge, and all-new shelving and furniture throughout the library.
Since rebranding in 2014, ImagineIF has become an award-winning and vibrant community gathering place, a starting point for inspiration and a destination for play, officials say.
ImagineIF Kalispell has seen several phases of remodeling to improve efficiency, create welcoming spaces for exploration and relaxation, and encourage hands-on learning for all ages and interests.
“People are really enjoying everything that we’ve done so far at the Columbia Falls location,” Senior Librarian Sean Anderson said. “In couple of weeks, we’ll really be stepping into the future. It will be everything that people love about ImagineIF Columbia Falls – great collections, great people, lots of activity – with a fresh, inviting look.”