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Future plans for local libraries will be discussed at meeting

 

Christopher Andersson

The Marysville Library is one of the local libraries that are part of the Sno-Isle Libraries system

Sno-Isle Libraries is planning for their next 10 years and are looking for public feedback on how the public wants to use their facilities.

The tax-supported library district in Snohomish and Island counties is holding five open houses, including one on Oct. 22 at the Marysville Library, and is also accepting feedback online at MySnoIsleLibrary.publicmeeting.info.

"If people can't attend or they feel more comfortable giving their input online there is a web page," said Jeanne Crisp, director of facilities at Sno-Isle Libraries.

The Marysville open house will be held at Cedarcrest Middle School at 3400 88th Street NE from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the current population and service levels for local libraries and the organization's projections for the next 10 years.

They will also take comment about what the public wants to see in the future.

"It's about what they would like to see in our libraries," said Crisp.

The biggest item up for discussion would be the construction of additional libraries, said Crisp, which could be a possibility with the county's increasing population in formerly rural areas.

"Some areas will be interested in a new library, and that's going to lead to a local discussion with them," said Crisp.

The Lakewood and Smokey Point area is the most in-need locally, said Crisp, as the libraries in Marysville, Arlington and Stanwood are not close to the area and the Stanwood library is currently overused.

The last library Sno-Isle Libraries opened was on Camano Island this summer, although that was opened from a remodeled building. The last completely new building they opened was in the town of Snohomish in 2003.

Citizens can also discuss what services are available at the library.

"If there are services that people are interested in that we don't provide we can see if we can clear some space for those services," said Crisp.

Crisp said one example of that could be looking to provide a community space where people can run local classes and teach each other, something provided at other libraries in the country but not at Sno-Isle Libraries, she said.

Although she added that's just one example and that people can bring in anything they want.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees plans to finalize their 2025 Facilities Plan next March and plan to use public input and an analysis of population trends to build that plan.

For more information go to sno-isle.org/facplan.

 

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