Legislators Write Letter To KCLS Board Regarding White Center Library Closures


On Tuesday (June 7), legislators representing the White Center area sent a letter to the King County Library System’s Board of Trustees, asking them to re-consider their proposal of closing both the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries and building one new branch (read our previous coverage here).

The letter is signed by 34th District representatives Joe Fitzgibbon and Eileen Cody, Rep. Bob Hasegawa, 11th District; and State Senators Sharon Nelson and Margarita Prentice, 34th District.

“The prospect of Seattle annexing the remaining unincorporated area in North Highline presently appears dim, and to consolidate these library branches based on such a distant possibility would be a disservice to the NOth Highline communities that overwhelmingly backed the 2004 bond measure,” reads the letter, which also urges KCLS to “postpone consideration of consolidating the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries until the final status of North Highline annexation is resolved.”

Here’s the content of the letter (download a PDF here):

Board of Trustees
King County Library System
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

To the Board of Trustees of the King County Library System:

As legislators representing the White Center and Boulevard Park neighborhoods, we write to urge you not to consolidate the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries into a single branch.

Upgrades to these facilities were promised in the 2004 KCLS bond measure. The prospect of eliminating one library branch in the North Highline area would be a tremendous disappointment to the community and to all of us.

The prospect of Seattle annexing the remaining unincorporated area in North Highline presently appears dim, and to consolidate these library branches based on such a distant possibility would be a disservice to the NOth Highline communities that overwhelmingly backed the 2004 bond measure.

We urge you to postpone consideration of consolidating the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries until the final status of North Highline annexation is resolved.

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2 Responses to “Legislators Write Letter To KCLS Board Regarding White Center Library Closures”
  1. Joanne Glasgow says:

    As a teacher-librarian at Evergreen Campus, losing the White Center branch would be a tremendous loss to the students I serve. The school’s library closes at 3pm and these kids typically rely on the White Center branch for research and computers to complete their homework and have a safe place to go after school is over. These kids are not of legal age and have no vote (yet) on ballot measures, yet they are served by public libraries. Many walk to their neighborhood branch, but could not to the new consolodated branch because they cannot afford the additional transportation costs.

    I also have students who live in the Boulevard Park area and use that library as well. They love the small, cozy feel of it and would miss it dearly. They would have an even greater transportation challenge to get to the new branch.

  2. Joan Bateman says:

    It strikes me that his is unresponsible fically and socially.

    The White Center Library serves people from West Seattle through to Normandy Park. The library has high usage.

    Save the money for another 10 to 15 years, and perform general maintenance. It doesn’t have to be brand new to be functional.

    How in good conscience can the Library Board close a facility that services so many minority people, including children and adults of all ages? This is a detriment to having an educated populus that can make wise decision for thier government. Is this what the Board wants.

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