Charley Bean Ramos waited for what felt like “a million thousand hundred” years for her neighborhood library to reopen.
When she turned 8 years old in April — during National Library Week — she even spent her birthday wish on it.
This week, Charley’s wish came true, albeit a few months late.
The renovated Northwest Branch Library opened to the public Monday after being closed for a year for seismic retrofitting. It’s also now compliant with the American Disabilities Act, and boasts new furniture, bookshelves, lighting and computers, along with a new teen corner and improved children’s section, said supervising librarian Melissa Gwynne.
The renovations were funded by a $463,217 federal grant, plus a $154,405 local match, said Library Services Director Sharon Cohen.
Within minutes of entering the library, Charley grabbed two books (out of the library’s more than 71,000) she’d been waiting to check out — the eighth book of “The Sisters Eight” series, and “Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck.”