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The San Clemente Library will open July 20. Photo: File by Eric Heinz
The San Clemente Library will open July 27 instead of the originally planned Monday, July 20. A grand opening event is still scheduled for Aug. 29. Photo: File by Eric Heinz

County reschedules soft opening to July 27 

By Eric Heinz 

According to a post on the city of San Clemente’s website and Friends of the San Clemente Library President Nonie Fickling, the San Clemente Library will be opening next Monday, June 27 instead of Monday, July 20.

Fickling said some last-minute inspections must be done before it can open.

The library had been closed for more than a year after massive termite damage and other blemishes had left it in disrepair. With the reopening of the library, a new building to house the Friends of the Library bookstore will be operational in the near future, new computers will be available for public use and much of the building’s interior has been upgraded.

According to a city of San Clemente press release on Monday, the landscaping around the library will include low-water-using and native species.

“In order to create a more sustainable landscape, 15 trees of varying sizes will be removed and replaced with 22 drought tolerant, California-native specimens,” the release stated. “The existing trees are in poor health, have overgrown their planter areas and are reaching the end of their useful life. Also, the plant palette around the building will be removed and replaced with drought-tolerant material, and the irrigation system will be upgraded to maximize water efficiency.”

The planting project began Thursday and will be completed Aug. 7, the release stated. A grand opening event for the library is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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