From a Sno-Isle Libraries News Release.
A new public library is coming soon to the area near Mariner High School.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. “If not for the recession, this library would have opened years ago. Now, we’re moving as quickly as possible to give this community the library service it deserves.”
The library district has leased space at 520 128th St. SW, Suite A9-10, Everett, WA 98204.
“The location is in a high-traffic shopping area, across the street from a transit center,” Woolf-Ivory said. “It’s also close to five elementary schools, a middle school and Mariner High School.”
The new Mariner Library will open with the full support of Mukilteo School District officials.
“The Mukilteo School District has been tremendously helpful in their enthusiasm to locate a demonstration library for this underserved community,” Woolf-Ivory said.
A survey of local school-district families showed 99 percent would like a library in this area.
“We’re very pleased to support Sno-Isle Libraries to increase public library services in the Mukilteo School District,” said Andy Muntz, manager of communications and public relations for the school district. “With programs from early literacy to workforce readiness, the library district is a strong partner in serving our community.”
Woolf-Ivory said the new facility will be open and serving customers in the first quarter of 2017. “I’d really like to open the doors in January. However, there is a lot of preparation that goes into opening a library so we’ll have to wait a bit before we can announce the opening date,” she said.
The 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan adopted by the library district in June identifies the 128th Street/Mariner community as an “area of opportunity.” The area outlined in the plan is south of the Everett city limits, east of Paine Field and Mukilteo, west of Mill Creek and north of Lynnwood.
“There are 30,000 people living there,” Woolf-Ivory said.
The capital facilities plan calls for a library demonstration project that moves beyond current weekly library bookmobile services.
“It will be a full-service library,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We’ve signed a five-year lease and during that time, we’ll find out more about where and how a permanent facility should serve this community.”
Usage of the bookmobile service at the Mariner-area stop has been consistently strong over the past decade. The capital facilities plan noted that area residents have limited access to other libraries in south Snohomish County.
Community-leader comments in the capital facilities plan highlight the area as needing a library. Other public comments in the plan include:
- The library should focus on meeting the needs of students from nearby schools.
- The library should provide ample parking and be located with nearby public transit service.
- Library space should be available for classes and programs such as English as Second Language, study areas and community meetings.
- Area residents highly value access to technology and the internet.
- Siting considerations should include repurposing or renovating an existing structure.
At least for now, the existing library district budget and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation will shoulder half of the cost of the new library’s lease over the next five years.
“We deeply appreciate the Foundation and its donors for this tremendous commitment to the Mariner community,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Their generous support will make it very convenient for thousands of children and other residents to walk through the doors of a Sno-Isle library early next year.”
The new Mariner Library will be just off 128th Street SW in leased space that had been used by a yoga studio. Photo courtesy of Sno-Isle Libraries.
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