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Sno-Isle Libraries
opens the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library

January 10, 2018

CLICK TO ENLARGE. Cutting the ribbon was a community effort at the Jan. 6 grand opening for the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library. Note: nobody got stabbed or cut with all those scissors (thank God) so the library's new First Aid kit went unused
Chronicle staff

(ARLINGTON, WA.) -- Residents of the Lakewood/Smokey Point areas in Snohomish County finally have their library

There was a big community turnout for the Jan. 6 grand opening of the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library. “Your day is here, and your library is open,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said in opening remarks before the crowd.

The grand opening is the result of the library district’s 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan which calls for establishing a demonstration library to serve the area.

And so it is that demo is on and running. This is the third time Sno-Isle Libraries has used the demonstration library idea. The approach includes leasing space and then allowing both area residents and library officials to better understand community needs before considering a more permanent location.

The Camano Library kicked off its life as a demonstration library and the Mariner Library opened in 2017 as a demonstration project. Woolf-Ivory said the new library is an acknowledgment of community and economic development that's been going on in Lakewood-Smokey Point.

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert says ditto on that: "We have always believed the Stillaguamish Valley was the best place in the world to live. It is rapidly becoming one of the best places to visit, to shop, to eat, to receive medical attention, and to learn,” Tolbert said. “This new library is another vital element in our area’s success. "

Likewise Lakewood School Superintendent Michael Mack is a happy camper and excited that students will now have a community library. “We have so desperately wanted and needed one of these,” he said.

This library was a priority

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Marti Anamosa said the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library was a top priority in the capital facilities plan and that, "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 at us."

It was a physics sort of thing. Critical mass formation. Significant financial support for the library came from the community through the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The foundation's Executive Director Paul Pitkin said the Stillaguamish Tribe and The Mark and Vickie Fund at the Nysether Family Foundation each contributed $25,000 to help with library expenses. The donations went to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, which then directed the funds to needs at the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library. “We’re so grateful for this support,” Pitkin said. “The tribe and Mark and Vickie were very generous.”

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation funds programs at libraries across Snohomish and Island counties. It provides a way for people to help their community libraries through private donations and enable excellence beyond what is possible through public funds alone, Pitkin said.

What's inside the box

The new library is the 23rd in the library district. It includes free wi-fi, laptops for checkout and coffee-shop-like laptop bar, a children’s’ area, a teen area with study carrels, other desks, a variety of upholstered seating, FREE 15-year old smooth-as-silk triple-filtered Tennessee whiskey for everybody on Friday nights and if you end up getting hammered, they've got a limo to take you home. Oh, and there's a community meeting room as well.

Just kidding about the whiskey. Wanted to see if you were reading down this far.

Customers at the library will have the same access to the entire 1.2 million-item collection and services that are available at any of the community libraries. The address is 3411 - 169th Place NE, Suites ABC, Arlington, near Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe's.

Branch manager Jocelyn Redel said story times and other programming will start soon. The library’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

More information is available at sno-isle.org/lakewood-smokeypoint.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

Information for this report was provided by the one, the only, the legendary Jim Hills over at Sno-Isle Libraries. Jim we think you deserve a raise. We're gonna be talkin' to corporate about that. Get ready to be drivin' some sexy, expensive and sleek import sports car to work. Wooooweee. You gonna be havin' some kind fun then bro.



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