Monday, February 04, 2019

The Woodland West Branch of the Arlington Public Library reopened to the community with a day of celebrations and festivities on Saturday, February 2. Book lovers gathered in the morning to savor coffee and a light brunch before a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a barbershop quartet and remarks from City officials including Mayor Jeff Williams. Once the doors were open, patrons enjoyed crafts, storytime, puzzles, and the satisfaction of browsing shelves full of books.

 “This is a beautiful day in Arlington,” said Mayor Williams during the ribbon cutting. “We’re so excited to reopen this Library and celebrate creativity and learning in our community.”

Other speakers included Councilmember Kathryn Wilemon, Acting Director of Libraries Norma Zuniga, and the chairs of Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library and the Library Advisory Board.

“We’re happy to be back,” said patron Maria Martin, who attended the reopening with her children. “Woodland West is one of our favorite places to spend time and we love looking for books here.”

Maria was one of more than 1000 patrons who visited Woodland West on its reopening. Visitors enjoyed performances by the AweDacity Barbershop Quartet, met the anti-bullying mascot BeeBuzz, and learned about Woodland West’s book club and storytimes. Snacks and prizes were provided by Shipley Donuts, Starbucks, Tom Thumb, Heflin’s Hairport, and Anything Goes.

The Woodland West Branch closed in 2018 for renovations including improvements to the front entryway and storefront; replacing rooftop HVAC units; and remodeling the restrooms to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. New water fountains were generously provided by Arlington Water Utilities. Other updates included new carpet, shelving, and countertops. The project was funded through a five-year, $236 million dollar bond package approved by Arlington voters in 2014. Click here to learn more about bond projects in Arlington.

Woodland West is located at 2837 W. Park Row Boulevard. After reopening, the branch returns to its usual hours of Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.