Mammoth Lakes outgrew its library some time ago, and now a new building three times bigger has taken shape on the southeast part of town near the schools. That's not unusual in itself, but what is rare – the project happened because of a tight group of entities. Mono County Librarian Bill Michaels said the exceptional partnership likely outshines any other effort in the state.library_-mammoth.jpg

The partners include Cerro Coso College, Mammoth Lakes Friends of the Library, the Town of Mammoth and the State, among others. Before the holiday, a special reception at the partially completed library provided a time to thank donors and show folks the beautiful, big new building. Our Cleland Hoff was on hand for the event.

The building cost around $8 million. More money is needed to furnish the new library and complete data wiring and phones. Librarian Michaels said that they are shooting for a November opening of the new facility which will offer room for 30 to 35% more book materials. The building itself is three times bigger than the old library next to the Community Center.

The new facility will house a large computer section on the first floor and another center upstairs for teens.

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