Monday, October 2, 2017

New Cornelius Library Groundbreaking

Librarians, local officials, and the public enjoyed a fun circus-themed ceremonial groundbreaking for Cornelius Place on Saturday, September 23.

Cornelius Place is a multi-use development that will house the expanded Cornelius Public Library, as well as a community convening space, a YMCA center, and 45 affordable apartments for adults age 55 and older. The new library will provide a variety of services to support children, families, and seniors, including pre-reading and early education programs, student success programs, and adult education. Learn more at

The Groundbreaking program included remarks from:
Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin and his wife, Janel
  • The Honorable Jef Dalin, Mayor, City of Cornelius
  • The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici, Congresswoman, 1st District, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Susan McLain, Representative, 29th District, Oregon House of Representatives
  • Kathryn Harrington, Representative, District 4, Oregon Metro
  • Alison Lorig, Senior Vice President, BRIDGE Housing Corporation
  • Nathan Teske, Executive Director, Bienestar
  • Emily Leach, SVP & Commercial Team Leader, Heritage Bank
  • Karen Hill, Director, Cornelius Public Library

Performers included Aztec
Dancers, Huehca Omeyocan
"There have been many years of effort by many people, which has made this happen," said Washington County Cooperative Library Services Director Eva Calcagno. "I hope the event reinvigorates community support for its library and fosters community."

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