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Sno-Isle Libraries opens Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
Cutting the ribbon was a community effort at the Jan. 6 grand opening for the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library.  Photo gallery

According to the plan, residents in the growing Lakewood-Smokey Point area have been underserved when comes to library services.

According to the residents turning out for the Jan. 6 grand opening of the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library, the plan was right.

But, no longer.

“Your day is here, and your library is open,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said in her remarks to the crowd. 

The library district’s 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan calls for establishing a demonstration library to serve the area. This is the third time Sno-Isle Libraries has used the demonstration library idea. The approach includes leasing space, allowing both area residents and library officials to better understand community needs before considering a more permanent location. The Camano Library started 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 occurring in Lakewood-Smokey Point. “This new library is an example of the excitement and growth sweeping through this area,” she said.

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert echoed those sentiments.

“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.

“I think, judging by the size of the crowd, that it really validates the need we knew was here.”

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

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.

“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," Anamosa said.

“We realized a critical mass was forming here and there were a lot of people who needed better access to a library.”

Significant financial support for the library came from the community through the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Foundation 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. “The foundation 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. 

Other agencies joining the grand opening event with information for attendees included:

  • Lakewood School District
  • City of Arlington
  • Community Transit
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Snohomish County Auditor voter registration
  • Providence Institute for a Healthier Community 

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 and a community meeting room. Customers 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 3411 169th Place NE, Suites ABC, Arlington, near Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe's.

Branch manager Jocelyn Redel said storytimes and other programming will start soon start. 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.

For more information

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
- Ray Bradbury