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Community celebrates opening of new library

 

January 10, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local officials, residents and Sno-Isle Libraries employees cut the ribbon to the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library on Jan. 6.

Sno-Isle Libraries officials held the grand opening for their new local library that will serve the Smokey Point and Lakewood areas on Jan. 6.

The library is at 3411 169th Place NE, Suites ABC, Arlington, a space Sno-Isle Libraries is leasing near Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe's.

It is currently scheduled to be open Tuesday through Saturday each week.

Many Smokey Point and Lakewood residents live more than five miles away from the other nearby Sno-Isle Libraries in Arlington, Marysville and Stanwood.

"As a longtime Lakewood community member, we have so desperately wanted and needed one of these," said Michael Mack, superintendent of the Lakewood School District.

"I am so excited to partner with Sno-Isle Libraries," he said, "to introduce the students to not just a school library, but a community library."

The new library comes after work from Sno-Isle Libraries officials on their 10-year Capital Facilities Plan revealed the need for an additional library in the area.

"Two years ago, the board of trustees approved a new capital facilities plan and that action paved the way for this new library," said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries.

The new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library was the number two priority for that plan, said Marti Anamosa, president of the board of trustees for Sno-Isle Libraries.

"Several years ago we started looking at population growth to look at where we might need to build new libraries and the Smokey Point and Lakewood area jumped out to us," she said.

"We realized a critical mass was forming here and there were a lot of people who needed better access to a library," she said.

Many families came out to celebrate the opening of the new library.

"I think, judging by the size of the crowd, that it really validates the need we knew was here to have a library to serve the greater Smokey Point area," said Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert.

Tolbert said that as the Smokey Point area grows there needs to be a growth of services, including places where people can go to learn.

"We want to make sure that we have full services for the citizens who live here so that the quality of life is good," she said.

"This new library is an example of the excitement and growth sweeping through this area," said Woolf-Ivory.

In addition to library space and a laptop bar there is a community meeting room available at the new library.

Christopher Andersson

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries, talks at the grand opening of the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library on Jan. 6.

"We hope this will benefit the kids, the seniors, the businesses and the employees, all the people who work and thrive in this area," said Anamosa.

"We want to provide a forum for building connections between neighborhoods, residents and businesses by talking about the issues that bring us together and the issues that divide us," she said.

Woolf-Ivory wanted to thank all the people who helped transform the former business space into a library.

"There has been an amazing amount of activity behind the scenes to make this space a library and I want to express my appreciation to all the library staff and the property owner, as well as all the contractors and vendors who worked with us," she said.

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

 

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