Newport Way Library to reopen with celebration

April 28, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2011

The Newport Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, will reopen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. April 30.

The library closed for renovations March 3.

The renovations — which cost $2.5 million — expanded the library by 790 square feet. A $172 million bond approved by voters in 2004 funded the project.

The visible changes to the library’s exterior include a new covered entryway with a cedar shake roof. Automated book drops were also installed.

Inside, a “reading porch” provides views of the surrounding wooded area and a cushioned seat for children. The meeting room was also enlarged, and it now has a sliding glass door with art designed by glass artists Stuart Keeler and Michael Machnic.