Photo Gallery | New Capitola Library features reading nooks, study rooms and fireplace – Santa Cruz Sentinel
The head of the Capitola Branch Library, Melanee Barash, finds a moment of calm in the children’s section of the new library amid the myriad of tasks she does while preparing staff for the opening ceremony on Saturday. The original Capitola Library opened in the 1930s and was housed in the post office and then moved six times, including in 1999 to a temporary building at the current location. As a result, the branch was closed in 1981 in the wake of funding losses following the passage of California State Proposition 13.
The branch is the fourth library in the Santa Cruz Public Libraries system to have completed construction from Measure S bond funds approved by voters in 2016. Significant funds from the City of Capitola also contributed to the project. The branch was completely rebuilt and its floor space expanded from 4,300 to 11,700 square meters. The new library has a special children’s room, special youth room, study, common rooms, more public computers, a fireplace, comfortable reading corners, desks with outlets for devices and laptops, and a light and airy aesthetic with floor-to-ceiling windows along most of the walls.
The Capital Campaign raised more than $ 750,000 for improvements such as the fireplace, meeting rooms, upgraded furniture, and more. The Friends of the Capitola Branch Library continues to raise additional funds for solar panels on the roof through the sale of the Capitola Friends Bookstore. (Schmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)