No White Center Library? Consolidation issue revived

The issue of potentially consolidating the White Center and Boulevard Park Libraries has resurfaced – five months after it was tabled – and you’re asked to speak up before it’s too late. Just got the word from North Highline Unincorporated Area Council president Barbara Dobkin that it’s on next Tuesday’s library-board agenda:

The board has not revealed any specific sites for the new facility other than saying they are looking at property on 128th Street, SW, nor have they stated when construction might start, or how long they will keep the existing 2 libraries open in the meantime. There is opportunity for public comment at this meeting, which is being held in the KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way, Issaquah on November 29 at 5 pm. We would ask that all concerned residents of this community, who voted to pass the library bond levy in 2004 for a new expanded White Center Library which was to be built at the same site, and update and improvements to the existing Blvd Park Library, contact the Library Board by mail: Board of Trustees, King County Library System, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027, or e-mail boardoftrustees@kcls,org, or show up a the meeting on Nov 29 and let the board know what you think about their plans.

The library system’s rationale for possible consolidation is outlined in this document.

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4 Responses to “No White Center Library? Consolidation issue revived”

  1. I have to say that’s it is bad planning to have the meeting in Issaquah to discuss libraries in White Center and Boulevard Park. Many people who rely on the libraries also rely on public transportation and can’t get to a meeting in Issaquah.
    Comment submitted to the Board!

  2. I agree, that’s the first thought I had. Of course no one is going to be able to stand up against this in person. Especially the people who rely on this the most. I’m a teacher at Cascade, I’ll try to get some teachers together to come stand up for our students who desperately need libraries in their immediate area. I hate that they are offering the Burien as an alternative like everyone has the means to travel that far easily….sigh…

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  4. Thank you, Anna. That will be wonderful if some teachers can come out to Issaquah to speak on Tuesday evening. The Library Board doesn’t care about Public Comment, more specifically – the Staff dos not. They meet regularly at 5 pm, in this monthly slot, in Issaquah. Once per quarter they have a meeting at one of the many libraries they cover, but it is still at 5 pm. The schedule for those locations is planned months in advance and they will never change it to make it convenient to the communities that may be discussed on that meeting’s agenda. It is just NOT meant to be convenient to the Taxpayers they are meant to serve. Hope to see as many of us citizens there as possible. Thank you.