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City of Kalama

As construction on the Kalama library draws to a close, work is beginning on furnishing the building for everyone to enjoy.

While the majority of the library’s books were saved from the original building’s flooding in December 2015, all the furniture was damaged including chairs, tables, desks and shelves. So while the refurbished building will have new walls, paint, windows and doors, there still won’t be a place for visitors to sit.

And while insurance and city funds covered construction, there won’t be any money left to purchase furnishings.

So nonprofit group Envision Kalama has created a “Wish List” of items needed for the library, available here at

The furnishings were selected for their commercial grade, size, appropriateness for the space and the length of warranty, which lasts between 12 and 15 years. The list was created with the help of Mackenzie Designers and Architects, the same firm that completed the building’s structural design.

The group’s list includes guest library chairs, audience chairs for City Council chambers (to be located in the library), librarian chairs, large and small work tables, desks, computers and magazine racks.

Kalama city administrator Adam Smee compares the project to a “wedding registry,” where donors can pledge money for a certain item. Tall work tables will run about $1,300, while a workstation computer has a price tag of about $1,100. Portable desks for shared library and city council use are likewise about $775 each.

“We’re trying to keep this organized,” Smee said. “We want to make sure that people’s good intentions to donate don’t end up providing duplicates. There are only so many reading chairs that you need.”

Donations can be made with a credit card via PayPal online or by check or money order. A donor can then specify on the online form (or on their check) what piece of furniture they would like to contribute to. The donation can be a partial amount: Envision Kalama’s website will be updated each time another piece of furniture is fully funded.

Checks and money orders can be sent to Envision Kalama at PO Box 1931, Kalama, WA 98625.

Envision Kalama is a tax-exempt, nonprofit, 501©(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible, and donors names will appear on a list in the finished Kalama Library.

Contact Daily News reporter Madelyn Reese at 360-577-2523


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