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Smokey Point Library opens Jan. 6

 

January 3, 2018 | View PDF

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The Lakewood/Smokey Point Library will open on Jan. 6.

Sno-Isle Libraries plan to hold the grand opening of their new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library on Jan. 6.

The new library at 3411 169th Place NE will be open five days a week, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The organization had targeted the area as needing a library.

"Back in 2016, Sno-Isle Libraries completed a capital facilities plan," said Jim Hills, public information manager at Sno-Isle Libraries, "and we looked at the underserved areas in the region we serve."

The two locations they came up with that could use a library were the Lakewood area and the Mariner area, which is an area of unincorporated Snohomish County between Everett and Lynnwood.

"Lakewood is one of the fastest growing areas of the county as well," said Hills.

Sno-Isle Libraries have already opened their Mariner Library, and will now open the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library.

"We're making good on that plan now," said Hills. Once open, it will be the 23rd library in the Sno-Isle Libraries system.

Library officials are happy with the location they obtained.

"We're excited about the location," said Hills. "It's very visible and that's good for an area that has not had a library before."

The organization is leasing the 4,000-square-foot space which is near the Smokey Point Lowe's and Tractor Supply Company.

Like all of the locations for Sno-Isle Libraries, "the new library will offer complete access to all of the Sno-Isle Libraries collection," said Hills.

Currently that includes 1.2 million books, according to Hills.

A section of the library will be available for kids.

"Within the library there will be a children's area separated out from the rest of the library, so there will be an area where kids can be kids," said Hills.

Another section is just for teenagers as well.

A laptop bar will allow patrons to browse the internet.

"You can bring your own machine or check one out from the library," said Hills.

The area also has a more modern look.

"With high stools like you would find in a coffee shop," he said.

Free Wi-Fi will be available there.

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Sno-Isle Libraries employees stock the shelves of the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library this December in preparation for its January opening.

"And that is available to everyone, whether you brought your own laptop or checked one out from us," said Hills.

Finally, a meeting room "that is available for use by the public and can be reserved," is part of the new library, said Hills.

A ceremony on Jan. 6 to open the building will begin at 9:30 a.m.

"The ceremony will be inside the library to the degree possible," said Hills.

"We'd rather do it inside than outside because of the cold and the potential for snow," he said.

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, Lakewood School District Superintendent Michael Mack and Sno-Isle Libraries officials plan to attend, said Hills.

There will also be special library hours the next two days on Jan. 7 and 8, with the library open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. those days.

 

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