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Capitola Branch Library Upgrade Project Moves Ahead

The branch is one of the busiest libraries in the county

PHOTO: TARMO HANNULA

Work is moving forward on the Capitola Branch Library on the corner of Clares Street at Wharf Road.

The more than $13 million project will transform the previous 4,300-square-foot temporary library structure into an 11,700-square-foot hub with a community room, an expanded children’s wing, study and reading rooms, reading “nooks,” an outdoor reading deck, a fireplace and a space for teens.

Measure S, which voters passed in 2016 to fund library construction and upgrade projects in Santa Cruz County, provided $10 million, while the city’s general fund and redevelopment money added $2.6 million. The nonprofit group Friends of the Capitola Branch Library helped fundraise another $750,000.

An estimated 60,000 people visit the branch each year, making it one of the busiest libraries in the county.

“We are looking forward to opening the library this summer,” says Steve Jesberg, public works director for Capitola. “I think our community has enjoyed watching the project come to life as walls have gone up, and people are excited to see the finished product.”

Megan Blackwell, marketing manager for Otto Construction, said Otto is the general contractor for the job. Initial plans called for the library completion this summer.

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