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Sno-Isle Libraries select location for new library

 

August 23, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

The Smokey Point location that will serve as the new Sno-Isle Library for the Lakewood and Smokey Point communities.

Sno-Isle Libraries has entered into a lease for a Smokey Point building where they plan to open a new Lakewood/Smokey Point library at the beginning of 2018.

They hope to open in January next year.

Officials from Sno-Isle Libraries have been working toward opening a library in the area for a few months now.

"We started moving forward at the completion of the capital facilities plan," said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director for Sno-Isle Libraries.

In that plan they identified three priority areas, in Everett near Mariner High School, Lakewood and Lake Stevens.

The Smokey Point and Lakewood areas don't have easy access to any of the Sno-Isle Libraries, said Woolf-Ivory.

"There is a pretty large population there who are quite a distance from any of our libraries," she said.

"The nearest libraries are the Stanwood, Arlington and Marysville libraries, which are a ways away, and with traffic they are an even longer drive," she said.

The area is also quickly growing, with 10 percent population growth projected by 2021.

"This is one of our fastest growing areas," said Woolf-Ivory.

"Both the east and west side of the highway are growing areas," she said.

The city of Arlington is working on developing the area as well, said Woolf-Ivory.

Woolf-Ivory said that they are excited for their new location at 3411 169th Place NE, Arlington.

"I feel really fortunate that we were able to get this space," said Woolf-Ivory.

The 4,000-square-foot building sits next to some major roads.

"It's in a good physical spot that people will be able to see," said Woolf-Ivory.

Being near Smokey Point Boulevard and 172nd Street the library is also easily accessible from bus lines.

"That's an important part for us. We want people to be able to access libraries from public transportation," said Woolf-Ivory.

Lakewood and Smokey Point have a number of schools and senior-living facilities that will be served by the new library as well.

"We're really pleased to be able to provide a local library to this area," said Woolf-Ivory.

The exact layout and plans for the library are still being settled.

"We know there a number of young families in the area so we will have a children's collection there, as well as many options for adults," said Woolf-Ivory.

There is a planned meeting room for library programs and community activities.

Sno-Isle Libraries also plan to provide public Wi-Fi for personal devices, and laptops for use at the library and classes.

The current plan is for the library to be open five days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday.

More information about the upcoming Smokey Point library is available at sno-isle.org/locations/lakewood-smokeypoint.

 

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