|Staff members stock books in the children’s area at the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library, which is scheduled to open Jan. 6.|
(This article was published Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in the Arlington Times newspaper)
By Douglas Buell
If you love reading and the irresistible draw of an aisle of alphabetized book titles, the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library will open its doors Jan. 6.
The grand opening celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. in space leased by Sno-Isle Libraries at 3411 169th Place NE, Suites A-C, just off Smokey Point Boulevard, next to Lowe’s and Tractor Supply.
The library will normally be open Tuesday through Saturday, but will start with special hours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 7-8.
Customers will be able to access all materials and resources available at the other 22 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, Sno-Isle spokesman Jim Hills said.
The library system last summer signed a five-year lease for about 4,000 square feet of space.
The Sno-Isle Library 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan identified that the growing Lakewood-Smokey Point community deserves better library services.
The library is considered a demonstration project, enabling both Sno-Isle and the fast-growing Lakewood/Smokey Point community to see how library services can best be delivered, Hills said. It’s modeled after the Mariner Library near128th Street SW and I-5, which was also recommended for a demonstration library in the facilities plan.
The new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library will feature a “laptop bar” where visitors can sit on stools at tall tables and access computers or laptops via wi-fi, for a coffee shop-like experience.
The Smokey Point site is in a high-traffic shopping area, on Community Transit bus service routes and near a Park and Ride center. The strip mall also houses a state vehicle licensing office, among other tenants.
The library district’s facilities plan states that students, retirees and seniors will benefit most from a more easily accessible library in the vicinity. Six public schools are within three miles.
The Arlington and Marysville areas are expected to grow by 16 percent to a population of 123,497 by 2025, with most of that growth expected in Lakewood-Smokey Point.