On Monday, January 26, the Board of Trustees of Sno-Isle Libraries awarded a contract to Kirtley Cole Associates, LLC, an Everett construction firm, to remodel a former restaurant into a 4,900 square foot library designed to serve the Camano Island community.
“This is an exciting step because we know library customers have been anxious to see the actual renovation work begin,” said Sue Cohn, President of the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. “Based on everything our trustee board has heard, we are certain the community will enjoy everything this larger library will offer Camano Island.”
The $2.3 million library project was approved by Camano Island voters in April, 2014. “We are on budget to deliver this project as promised to voters,” said Jeanne Crisp, project manager for the Camano Island Library. The library project budget covers all the costs to open the doors of a larger library, including property acquisition, architectural and engineering services, renovation, space conversion, furnishings, equipment, library materials, and financing costs.
“The community took full advantage of the public involvement meetings we held in June, July and September last year,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. “Residents of all ages came out and helped shape the new library’s floor plan and interior color design.”
Renovation work is scheduled to begin in early March and be completed before the end of summer. The remodeling project at 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. is located within the same retail complex as the 1,800 square feet, interim library. Sno-Isle Libraries will continue to provide library services from the smaller space at Terry's Corner until the doors open on the larger facility.
The new 4,900-square-foot library will be approximately 3,000 square feet larger than the interim library. The additional footage will provide space for:
- Expanded book and media selections
- Library activities for children, such as toddler, infant and preschool story times
- Quiet study, comfortable seating
- Additional computers for public use
- Multi-purpose room