Endicott renovation complete

Photo: Endicott children enjoying crafts the new library
Photo: Endicott children enjoy the new library

After more than two years of fundraising, 11 months of operating from the city hall and nearly 4 months of construction the Endicott Branch of Whitman County Library is open for business at 324 E Street. Library hours are Tuesdays 1-5 p.m., Fridays 9-2 p.m. with preschool storytime each Friday at 10 a.m.

Thanks to funding from The United States Department of Agriculture, Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Avista and many local contributions, the $130,000 project is nearly complete. The renovation removed harmful toxins, brought the facility into ADA compliance and gave the library a much-needed facelift.

The project ran into a major roadblock last summer when a $30,000 parking pad was required to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Officials had initially been advised that the existing parking met accessibility codes. As a result of the unexpected modification, a number of items had to be cut from the library’s renovation plan and an additional $15,000 had to be secured.

Items that were cut from initial plan include a sink area for children’s and community programming, attractive exterior finishes and signage. To help fund these items, the Friends of the Endicott Library are holding a number of fundraising activities including a silent auction and a raffle. Prizes range from homemade pies to an overnight golf package. Residents from across the county are encouraged to the library to participate.

A grand re-opening and community celebration is set for Thursday, May 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Endicott Library. The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. featuring recognition of donors, refreshments, and the announcement of the winners of the silent auction and raffle.

For more information about the project, silent auction or raffle, contact library director Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366. To contact the Endicott Branch, call 509-657-3429.

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.